No More Mondays
Several years ago, I met Dan Miller, the author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, No More Mondays and When Wisdom Meets Passion. Dan specializes in helping people find meaningful work, creative thinking, and achieving success. You may have seen him on The Early Show on CBS, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox Business News, or the Dave Ramsey Show. Or maybe you didn’t catch any of those traditional media appearances, but know Dan from his books, his weekly newsletter or his widely popular podcast.
If you meet Dan, you will notice an unassuming, humble man who seems just as comfortable standing alone as engaging in a conversation with a group. He radiates a knowing, a wisdom that is easily perceived if you are looking for it.
Not too long ago, I sat down with Dan to seek some of that wisdom to share it with you.
Don’t Settle for Comfortable
Did you know that on Monday mornings there is a 33% greater chance of having a heart attack? Researchers speculate it is due to the stress of returning to work. Dan and I talk about his book No More Mondays.
Why do most people settle for jobs that make them miserable? Dan shares why we often stay in what he calls “comfortable misery.”
How do you develop and pursue your passion? Dan explains that many people use a lost job as a wake-up call and opportunity.
Finally, since Dan has built one of the most successful platforms in the industry, I ask Dan how others can build a personal brand.
Here are just a few of my favorite Dan Miller quotes:
“If we have no identity apart from our jobs, we are truly vulnerable.” –Dan Miller
“In today’s work arena, creativity may be more of an asset than competence.” –Dan Miller
“The loss of a job may be the wake up-call needed to redeem the fire of your genius.” –Dan Miller
“Choosing to associate with positive, optimistic people will accelerate our positive growth.” –Dan Miller
“Don’t wait on perfect conditions for success to happen; just go ahead and do something.” –Dan Miller
“Have you ever noticed that even if God allows you to have a dream, you’re expected to work to make it happen?” –Dan Miller
“Unfounded fears about your competence and abilities can cripple your unique talents and gifts, which are waiting to be released.” –Dan Miller
“No individual can achieve worthy goals without accepting accountability for his or her own actions.” –Dan Miller
“Our expectations determine how we respond. Be careful what you expect.” –Dan Miller
“Circumstances will never determine your amount of happiness. Circumstances only highlight who you already are.” –Dan Miller
“Don’t settle for comfortable misery, a sad state where you’re hanging on to what is most predictable and familiar at the risk of letting exciting opportunities pass you by.” –Dan Miller
“Find ways to embrace the things that make you unique, and you’ll unlock the ways you can make a difference in the world.” –Dan Miller