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But I had no choice….

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 04:17:57 +0000

I heard a story about a man riding a horse at breakneck speed.  It appears he’s going someplace very important.  A man standing along the roadside shouts, “Where are you going?”  To which the rider yells back, “I don’t know.   Ask the horse.” This seems to be essentially the story I’m hearing from lots of people today.  They’re riding the horse of circumstances, their habits or other people’s expectations.  If that describes you, it’s time to grab the reins and move your life in the direction of where you really want to go. A Real Life Example I’m currently ... Read More

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This feeds my soul

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:33:02 +0000

Joanne brought home some white hyacinths a few days ago. The aroma filling our kitchen is intoxicating.  The weather is getting warmer and outside I see daffodils peeking up through the cold dirt. It reminded me spring is coming, but it also brought to mind this old quotation: “If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.” – Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) Why do I love that so much?  And why does it even make any sense?   Surely if you were down to only two loaves of bread the responsible ... Read More

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If people like you they’ll listen to you

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:40:49 +0000

We are all selling.  Whether you’re a teacher, a homemaker, a CEO or a used car salesman, we’re all selling something.  And that’s okay.  In fact, it’s great news.  Because that’s how we serve each other well.  When I was a young Mennonite farm kid I thought sales people were out to take advantage of us.  But then I heard Zig Ziglar say ”You can get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  If people trust you, they’ll do business with you He went on to say, [spp-tweet tweet=”If people like you ... Read More

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Will you give this guy two dollars?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:20:24 +0000

There is a story of a little boy who was admiring a shiny, brand-new sports car parked on a quiet street.  He slowly walked around the amazing vehicle, savoring every angle.  As he pushed his nose up against the window to get a better view of the inside, the voice of the owner coming up behind startled him. Bob asked, “You like my car?”  “Oh yeah, mister.  It’s awesome.” was the reply. The proud owner said, “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.” “Your brother gave it to you?  Didn’t cost you nothing?” the young boy asked. “Yep, my ... Read More

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Quick get outta the pot

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:24:26 +0000

Be careful who you allow to influence your thinking and actions! In the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of the Hawaiian Black Crabs.  If you go down to the beach early in the morning you can easily find black crabs.  You just toss them in your bucket and continue walking on the beach.  Now one of those crabs starts thinking, “We’re bumping around in this little bucket making a lot of noise but going nowhere. I don’t think this is gonna end well.”  Eventually, that crab looks up and thinks, “There’s a whole new world out there.  If ... Read More

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Are you self-employed?

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:33:36 +0000

In live seminars I often ask, “How many of you are self-employed?”  Typically, about 30% of the audience will raise their hands.  Then I ask, “How many of you are working for yourselves?”  A few more hands go up.  Then I may ask, “How many of you currently have only one customer for the services you provide?”  Eventually, everyone realizes that no matter what the situation, we are all really “self-employed.” The company is not going to pay your mortgage or choose the private school you want for your children.  You must do that based on your ability to provide ... Read More

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Don’t lose your cow!

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:08:58 +0000

There’s an old Texas saying that goes:  “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”  In other words, what we see as “failure” may not really have diminished our ability to contribute, produce or earn an income. Is losing your job the milk or the cow?  If your business bombs, have you lost some milk, or is your cow gone?  If you have an accident and can no longer hammer nails, is your cow really gone? General Douglas MacArthur once said, “Security is your ability to produce.” Security does not come from ... Read More

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Is your house a safe place?

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:05:35 +0000

I went to lunch with my neighbor Bill yesterday and we started talking about the gentleman who used to live in the house next door. I told Bill about talking with my previous neighbor (Bob) on a bright Sunday morning and how he had spent the day planting watermelons – although the doctors had just told him he had 3-6 weeks to live.  Well, that turned out to be pretty accurate.  Bob died on another Sunday, just 41 days after that conversation and just one day short of six weeks. The picture here is of the beautiful floral display at his memorial service.  Notice the ... Read More

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Are you in misery – move!

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:12:37 +0000

This story about the dog and nail is one of the most commented-on stories in The Rudder of the Day. I heard a story from my friend Bob about an old dog lying on the front porch.  A neighbor approached the porch and could hear the dog softly moaning.  He asked his friend why the dog was whimpering.  And the owner said:  “He’s lying on a nail.” Predictably the man said, “Well, why doesn’t he move?” To which the owner replied, “I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet.”  About a year after sharing this story in my weekly newsletter ... Read More

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Your Success is Guaranteed – If You Do This

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:27:57 +0000

“Here is a rule that will guarantee your success – and possibly make you rich: Invest 3 percent of your income back into yourself.” That’s great advice from Brian Tracy. I’m going to show you the formula that can double or triple your income. Stocks, bonds and mutual funds are for conservative people who just want to protect the money they already have.  I will describe the only investing strategy I recommend if you want to exponentially increase your income. Invest in yourself. It will work for you whether you are employed or in your own business.  It will work ... Read More

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I need to make money and find a wife

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:13:20 +0000

If you’re selling cars, preaching the gospel, or finding a spouse – the process is the same.  That is, if you want effective results. Here is the sequence for successful selling – of anything.  Developing rapport and trust – 40% of the process. Identifying Needs – 30% of the process. Product Presentation – 20% of the process. Gaining Commitment – 10% of the process. I see people who jump on Facebook and immediately begin blasting multiple posts with their greatest product that you must buy.  I see people wanting jobs who simply walk in and tell the manager they need a ... Read More

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I’m tired of this crappy lunch

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:36:42 +0000

In one of my all-time favorite Peanuts cartoons, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown looks down at the floor and says, “I do.” When it comes to the activities of our lives, most of us make our own lunches. So while there may be some comfort in sameness, if you want different results, you must do something differently.  If you’ve become a creature of habit, break some of your habits. Drive a different route to work, go to a new restaurant, visit a different ... Read More

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Unusually Unusual

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:43:07 +0000

This is the title of a popular 2002 country song by Lonestar. And every time I hear it I think of about 20 of my favorite people. My son Jared fits this category. His clothes, music, and habits have never been “usual.” But what he adds to our family interactions is priceless. My grandson, Caleb, who at 21 is exploring his true interests, will not likely be “usual.” While his basketball team members are driving down the court, Caleb may notice a pretty bird sitting in the window. One of my favorite counselors has been known to ask a client to ... Read More

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Today is the day for this……..

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:34:47 +0000

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life ... Read More

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Have you decided to be more successful in 2017?

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:10:39 +0000

Often, we have someone call our office about making a change in his or her life.  We send information and then hear nothing.  Two years later, that person calls and says, “Now I’m ready to really create a plan.”  What I always wonder is, What did they do for those two years?  And usually, when we meet, it confirms my suspicion that they simply continued doing what they had been doing. One time a coaching client told me he had taken a temporary position at his local bank – just for 2-3 months until he clarified his job search for a ... Read More

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Do I need a college degree for the work I love?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:20:46 +0000

Last week I mentioned that Ernst & Young (a major finance and accounting firm) is no longer requiring a college degree as part of their application process.  A few months ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers )PwC) – another big player in financial services announced they would no longer be using The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) scores as a part of their hiring process. Gaenor Bagley, PwC head of people said: “As a progressive employer we recognize that talent and potential presents itself in different ways and at different stages in people’s lives. Removing the UCAS criteria will create a fairer and ... Read More

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Please beat me

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:21:21 +0000

I once had the opportunity to meet (Apple) Dan Miller, an Amish neighbor of my Dad.  He told me that years ago Dad had complained to him that his apple trees looked beautiful but weren’t producing any apples.  Known far and wide for his apples, (Apple) Dan told my Dad to go home, grab a hammer and give his trees a severe beating around the trunk.  He said they needed to have something wake them up – that life had been too easy and they needed a challenge to come alive.  While this seemed counter to the careful fertilizing, watering and ... Read More

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Why did God do this to me?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:00:17 +0000

Here’s a question from a reader – an engineer.  (We’ll call him Bill) I’m at a job that I hate mainly because I feel like every day I’m set up to fail. There’s no job satisfaction. I go to work and try my best but the bosses and organization demand excellence in everything that we do. That is a good goal to have but there’s no way to accomplish all that needs to be and do it perfectly. ………So why would God place me in a situation like that for 8yrs?? Bill, be very careful about asking “why God put ... Read More

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Don’t forget how to fish

Wed, 18 May 2016 20:30:20 +0000

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”  How do you best help someone who is struggling?  If third-world natives are living in poverty, should we send them money?  Or could we teach them how to plant crops or provide a goat that will nourish their family and allow them to sell the excess milk?  If an unmarried woman has a child, should we reward her for having additional children in the way of living quarters and medical care, or ... Read More

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The 5% Challenge

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:29 +0000

I am very intentional about my use of time, working from a schedule that I create weeks in advance.  But that does not mean that I work head down for 8 hours without taking a break.  I once worked with a high-level financial executive that told me for 26 years at his previous company he had worked “head down, pencil up.”  And he was dreadfully out of touch with currents trends and opportunities. Instead of working “head down” even 8 hours straight, I suggest you build in time for “head up.”  In Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner outlines his 5% Challenge.  ... Read More

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Desirable Difficulties

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:13 +0000

Does this seem like an impossible combination to you?  Is it an oxymoron – words that combine contradictory terms?  We recognize oxymorons in terms like: living dead, organized mess, alone in a crowd, jumbo shrimp, hot ice, cruel kindness, plastic glasses, pretty ugly, just war, or a real phony.  You get the idea. But what about Desirable Difficulties? This week in my podcast I had multiple questions about unexpected challenges:  a dad who has a child with signs of autism, a mom who wants to start her own business but now finds herself living in Thailand because of her husband’s ... Read More

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I Can Predict Your Future

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:12:24 +0000

No, I’m not a psychic, fortune teller or prophet. I can’t see into your mind and I don’t need to know your history, your degrees or your family.

All I need to do is spend a day with you and:

Listen to what you say (and)
Watch what you do

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If you don’t have a job that offers health insurance

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:17 +0000

This is a guest post by Dr Carol Peters-Tanksley, an author, speaker, OB-Gyn physician, and ordained Christian minister. You can get Dr Carol’s new book Dr Carol’s Guide to Women’s Health, and find out more and connect with her on her website. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.   Perhaps you work for a small business that doesn’t offer traditional benefits such as health insurance. Perhaps you’re an independent contractor or entrepreneur and are concerned about how to manage healthcare costs for you and your family. Or perhaps the health insurance your job ... Read More

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Just a broken window but then…

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:21:34 +0000

There’s a concept in criminal thinking known as the broken window theory.  Introduced in 1982 by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an article titled “Broken Windows” it included the following example: “Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from ... Read More

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Good for nothing education?

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:09:56 +0000

In this week’s 48 Days Podcast, Joanne and I reviewed the many contributions listeners sent in regarding raising creative and entrepreneurial children.  Many of the submissions expressed dismay with our current models of “education” and how the important skills seemed to be learned outside of a classroom. In my continued research into how education is changing, it became clear this is not exactly a new idea. In 1744, when George Washington was just a twelve-year-old boy, the Collected Chiefs of the Indian Nations met to discuss a letter from the College of William & Mary suggesting that they “send twelve of their young ... Read More

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The All New 48 Days to the Work You Love Seminar

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:21:43 +0000

For more than a decade, 48 Days to the Work You Love has been instrumental in helping people from all walks of life discover or create work they love. Almost daily I hear from people who followed the process and changed their lives. Earlier this year, my publisher released the tenth anniversary edition of the trade book. It isn’t just a reprinting of the original book; it has approximately 60% brand new content. Since the release of the book, the 48 Days Team has been hard at work redesigning the 48 Days Seminars. I’m excited to announce the release of ... Read More

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Are you running ahead of your soul?

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 22:39:03 +0000

The story is told of a South American tribe that went on a long march, day after day, when all of a sudden they would stop walking, sit down to rest for a while, and then make camp for a couple of days before going any further.  They explained that they needed the time of rest so that their souls could catch up with them.    (from “Sabbath” by Wayne Muller) Are you working and living without the benefit of having your soul catch up?  Are you feeling like your work is soul-less and little more than a method of ... Read More

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But I don’t have the degree for the Work I Love

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:00:19 +0000

Here’s a recent question from a reader: QUESTION:  Hello, After hearing about your program on the Dave Ramsey show, I decided to check out your web site.  Your course looks good, but what happens once you find the “work you love” and you aren’t “qualified”?  I went to college for over 4 years, but never actually got a degree.  That little piece of paper is holding me back from a lot of things.  Does your course cover how to get jobs that you don’t have experience or qualifications for, but is the work you love?  I really don’t want to ... Read More

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Are you being honest about what’s slowing you down?

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:00:55 +0000

Recently I was on board a beautiful new boat with a friend.  While the boat looked absolutely stunning from everything I could see, the owner told me it was time to pull it out of the water and see what unwanted debris was hanging on under the surface.  As any boat enthusiast knows, this is about the time of year when owners pull their boats out of the water and check for those things that are not easily seen from the top.  Over time, various forms of debris accumulate on the hull.  Foreign particles and parasites attach themselves to the ... Read More

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Yeah I confess I’m experiencing burnout

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:35:09 +0000

Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time.  He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive.  He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams.  His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought. Wow!  When’s the last time your boss told you to quit working and do more dreaming?  Unfortunately, our culture glamorizes being under time pressure.  Having too much to do with ... Read More

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The unwelcome change in your job may be your next opportunity

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:00:56 +0000

I hear from people every week who are upset that things are changing.  They really want to just keep things the way they’ve been for the last 10 years. Let’s create our own scenario from a few millennia ago: ten cavemen spend their days fishing. Each morning the ten men go down to the local lake, cast their lines, and hope to provide the necessary food for their dependents. Then one day, Barney shows up with a net he has fashioned from strings and ropes. Because the net can capture even the fish who escape the lure of the fishing ... Read More

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I’m not sick enough to come to your event

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:00:53 +0000

The old John Belushi movie, Animal House, really has no positive qualities that I can remember.  It glorified the worst of college life, complete with all the abuses immature students can dream up.  The Dean shares the latest grade point averages with one of the fraternity leaders:  “Here are your grade point averages. Mr. Kroger: two C’s, two D’s and an F. That’s a 1.2. Congratulations, Kroger. You’re at the top of the Delta pledge class.”   But there is one line in that movie that has always jumped out at me. One of the fraternity boys is inviting his girlfriend to ... Read More

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Do the brave thing – imagine you could have a different life

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:49 +0000

In the Escaping Shawshank experience we all went into prison cells – to think about what is holding us back.  Many of us tapped into memories of “failing” at something and how we are allowing the feelings associated with that to hold us back from attempting anything new. It reminded me of the old 1998 movie,You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  In the movie Joe (Tom) opens one of his big bookstores right across the street from Kathleen’s (Meg) quaint little The Shop Around the Corner.  When it became clear Kathleen’s little bookstore could not survive the competition she decided ... Read More

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