Are You in the Right Place?

I just moved to Chattanooga TN a year ago, mainly due to some advice from my friend Dan Miller. It’s not been easy. As a matter of fact, many aspects of it have been pretty hard because we had no family or support system where we moved. But still, it’s worth it.

I feel I have to ask, are you in the right place for your calling?

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Check out Dan Miller. Scroll down and you’ll find a link to him.

What Would You Do if Your Employer Closed Their Doors Forever?

A local Fujifilm plant in Dayton TN is shuttering its doors and shifting production to other plants. You can reference an article about it HERE. As I read the article I could see the writing on the wall regarding this event. I’m not talking about a sudden thing either. I’m talking about a decades long build up to this event. Is it any surprise to anyone that the film industry has given up the ghost to go digital? As further evidence that this was coming, Fujifilm employees only needed to look a few miles north to the Eastman Kodak plant in Kingsport TN where the downward slide has been going on for a long time.

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So, now 84 employees will be out of a job next year, although the newspaper was kind enough to use the term ‘idle’.

My question to you is, what would you do if the business you worked for rendered you idle? To help you answer that, I’d like to ask you a few more questions and then offer some hope.

  • Are you working in a field that is quickly becoming useless on a large scale?
  • Do you have a plan to either transition out of it or become a linchpin in that field as it shrinks?
  • Can the particular skill you do become useful in another business?
  • Is it time for you to finally stop doing a J-O-B for a living and do something that makes you happy?
  • Are you blaming someone else for this predicament or taking action to move out of it?

I hope those questions raise larger ones in your life. It’s okay if you can’t answer all of them or even if your answers are “No” or “I don’t know”. It’s my job to folks just like you through career transition and periods of ‘idle’ time. I’d love to help, so here’s how I can do it…

  1. You can hire me individually for career transition coaching. Normally, I only work with people in high stress/high risk occupations like police, firefighters, and the military, but the devastation of large plant closings really bother me.
  2. You can tell your boss that you want them to hire me to help all the employees during this time. They’ll be paying for career transition services in some way, but seldom as good and useful as what I offer.
  3. You can try it on your own using resources. If you do, I highly recommend the 48 Days to the Work You Love Career Kit by my friend Dan Miller.

The Fujifilm folks have until next year to find new work. What about you? Do you need to make changes now as well.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Fujufilm plant closing article

48 days to the Work You Love Kit

More information about the 48 Days plan

 

What can a Little Girl and a Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Teach You about Creativity?

I attended a Coaching with Excellence event last week at Dan Miller’s Sanctuary. I’ve been to multiple events there, and they just keep getting better and better. As a matter of fact, Dan and his team are moving so fast and furious that you could attend the same event two years in a row, and it will have already improved with new material.

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I’ve known Dan for so long that this old photo was taken in what I like to call the ‘David Pre-Beard Era’.

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While I was there, Dan spoke about a new book his wife and granddaughter wrote together called What If It Were Possible? Dan related how the idea of the book came about as his wife Joanne challenged their granddaughter by asking, “What if it were possible for a dog to chase a squirrel up a tree?”

I had the opportunity to meet Joanne’s co-author on this book at the conference. Clara Isabel Logsdon is a remarkable young lady and sure to be a powerhouse of creativity to match her grandpa someday. During the entire conference she roamed the grounds at the Sanctuary snapping photos, playing on a zipline, taking notes during classes, and roaming around everywhere barefoot. I think she has Tarzan feet!

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As Dan says, problems are just opportunities, and it’s true. Guess what? Some dogs can run up trees and chase squirrels. My dream dog can do this. By dream dog, I mean to say the dog I hope to find once I have some land for him to roam on. My dream dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and they’re known to climb trees and love sitting up off the ground. Oftentimes they’ll sleep on top of their doghouses instead of in them.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to live and hunt in Africa and, because of this, developed the ability to climb to either escape from predators or hunt their prey. That’s not the only reason I want one, but it sure is pretty cool. They’re even brave enough to defend their owners and livestock from lions.

So guess what, Miss Clara Isabel Logsdon, dogs can climb trees and chase squirrels on their own turf. If a dog can make the impossible possible, just imagine what you can do!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Dan Miller Events and Products (scan down this list and you’ll see a link to Dan)

Find the book…What If It Were Possible?

Want more information on Rhodesian Ridgebacks?

Where did I get the original idea for wanting a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

Born for This by Chris Guillebeau (Book Review)

I had the wonderful opportunity of previewing an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s latest book Born for This in anticipation of its release today. I must say that I was not disappointed. Thrilled in fact.

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I’m a big fan of Chris’ works, ever since I read his first book The Art of Nonconformity. After reading that one, I dove headfirst into the vat of Kool-Aid. I signed up for his blog, I attended the first two World Domination Summits, and I eagerly read his next two books. Also, like many, I cyberstalked his quest to visit every country in the world.

You’d think with all of that, I’d be tired of hearing from him or that I would’ve heard all of his stories by now. It turns out I haven’t. This latest book not only revealed more about Chris that I haven’t heard before, but he has a knack for finding the stories from others that illustrate his lessons perfectly.

Born for This is all about finding your calling, landing or creating your dream job, or winning the career lottery all wrapped up in one. If you’re still searching for any of those, you need this book. Even if you’ve found your spot in the world, you still need this book. Although I’m in that sweet spot where I know what my calling is, and I’m earnestly working in it, Born for This was still an immense help to me. I gained new insights, picked up a few new ideas, and, most important of all, developed a renewed sense of permission to keep following the path I’m on.

Here’s the description from Amazon to give you a better idea of its message…

“Have you ever met someone with the perfect job? To the outside observer, it seems like they’ve won the career lottery — that by some stroke of luck or circumstance they’ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn’t even feel like work—and they’re getting paid well to do it.  

To the outside observer, it seems like they’ve won the career lottery—that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they’ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn’t even feel like work, and they’re getting paid well to do it.

In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There’s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup, has created a practical guide for how to do it—whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.

Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work.

This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.

You’ll learn how to:
• Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you
• Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions
• Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and “beat the house” every time
• Start a profitable “side hustle” and earn extra cash on top of your primary stream of income
• Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur
• Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers

Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it’s like you were born to do it.”

My earnest recommendation would be that if you’re lost, kind of lost, or just unsure of the path your life is on, buy all his books and read them one by one. The knowledge you will gain is worth way more than any business school education or MBA.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us atwww.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Chris Guillebeau’s Other Works-

The Art of Nonconformity

The $100 Start-Up

The Happiness of Pursuit

Other Great Books on Finding Your Purpose-

48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

It’s Your Call by Gary Barkalow

 

Is Algebra Unnecessary?

I have long been a proponent of creating a functional education for young students as opposed to cramming unnecessary skills down their throats. The vast majority of adults in their jobs do not need or use higher skills in any of the educational subjects.

And, guess what?

If they needed to, they can learn them as needed. It’s what people do when the need arises.

Sure, teach those classes to the kids that need or want them for future careers or even out of curiosity, but don’t force it or require it. Could you imagine how much different the world would be if, instead of algebra, chemistry, calculus, and physics, we taught high school students how to balance checkbooks, stay out of debt, and get a job? Could you imagine how different it would be if we helped them find jobs that matched their skills, passions, and calling instead of telling them that four years of college and a staggering load of debt is the way to go? Could you imagine if we offered entrepreneurial classes on things like Etsy, ebay, and Amazon and used twenty dollar books by Chris Guillebeau and Dan Miller instead of boring, dry, useless $150 textbooks?

I talk about all of this in my book Creating a Functional Education, but this article was in my local paper yesterday that also covers the issue at hand.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Who is Chris Guillebeau?

Who is Dan Miller?

What is a Functional Education?

You’re Never Too Old for Adventure

As part of their homeschool I’m doing a bit of a psyops/Napolean Hill tactic with my kids by exposing them to success on a constant basis. I worked through Dan Miller’s free goal planning book at the end of the year with my 11 and 8 yo boys, and now they’re set with pages of plans, dreams, and action steps.

Each of them identified a basic career goal to work toward.

  • My 11yo wants to be a pro basketball star (or baller, as he calls it).
  • My 8yo wants to be a running coach.

So, each day I have them engage in some sort of media that shows people doing what they want to do. It ranges from magazine articles to Youtube videos.

My little runner and I watched this video the other day about a guy way past his prime at 65 who refuses to quit and still wants to get back and do another 100 miler. Even if you’re not a runner, I thought some of you might enjoy it as well, simply for the inspiration that age doesn’t matter. It’s simply an excuse if you let it stop you.

You can find the video right HERE.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

PS…Age is one of the excuses I counter in my keynote session Top Ten Reasons to Fail. If you’d like me to present it to your organization, give me a call.

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How do I think and grow rich?

Who is this crazy Dan Miller guy?

How old is too old to be awesome?

I Hate Chris Guillebeau and His Wandering Ways

Not really. I am so excited that I’ve had the opportunity to read after Chris Guillebeau, to meet him, and to become an alumnus of the first two World Domination Summits. I often wonder how people got to know Chris. I met him through a blog post by Tim Ferriss, followed by a post about him by my friend Dan Miller, followed by sending him an e-mail and buying his first book The Art of Nonconformity.

I can tell you that he’s an awesome guy. If you meet him, he may seem kind of quiet and laid back, but there is so much going on with him that you just need to sit back and wait for the awesome to come out.

That’s why I hate him (sort of). He keeps challenging me. I just finished reading an advance copy of his new book The Happiness of Pursuit that came out today. It’s all about quests and the purposeful journeys we take in life. Chris’ last two books and manifesto were great, but, more than ever, this book is a call to action.

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One chapter in, I felt sad that I had no quest. Two chapters in, I decided that me and my boys would become ninjas. Three chapters in, I called a family meeting, and we all sat down and planned a round trip across North America. The rest of the book served as motivation and affirmation not only that I needed a quest, but that my choices were right.

Before I tell you about my quests, let me say that if you feel lost, aimless, or distracted in life, you need this book. Read it as therapy and be open to change.

My quest to become a ninja…

All of my adult life I’ve been involved in various martial arts beginning with hand-to-hand combat in the Marines all the way to my black belt in Oppido Dolens. But ever since I was a little kid watching all the uber-awesome ninja movies of the 1980’s, I’ve wanted to be a ninja. One of the questers in Chris’ book mentioned this same goal, and that’s what galvanized it for me.

I’m now studying ninjutsu under a 10th Dan practitioner of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and starting at the bottom as a 9th Kyu. My boys are also doing this with me. My goal for this quest is to test for my ninjutsu black belt within 3 years. I know it may seem fast, but my previous martial arts experience makes the experience a little easier. My boys’ goals are to achieve their ninjutsu black belts at the age of 18.

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My quest to travel North America (again)…

I went on a three month journey across North America in 1999 before I got married and it was an experience I will never forget. I want my wife and kids to have the same experience. Our family quest is for me, my wife, and our 4 kids to travel across North America up to Alaska and back across.

So far, we’ve planned a rough route and a few of our stops, but we don’t have a formal date or budget for this one yet. Consider this one still in the planning stages. I even have it planned to stop in Portland to see Chris.

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So, with all that said, what’s your quest? Not sure, go buy the book, and it’ll drive you in the right direction.

PS…what’s your favorite ninja movie of all time?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!