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Get a 'Real' Job

By Dan Miller -- Career coach Dan Miller shares his hints for a happier and more profitable job.

Mercy Me, Bart, Just Get a 'Real' Job

Last week the great singing group Mercy Me joined us on the Intelligence for your Life cruise. Of course, they sang "I Can Only Imagine" and many other of their inspiring songs. We also had informal time to hang out and ask questions. Someone asked Bart Millard how they came up with the name Mercy Me. Bart explained that several years ago he and two friends formed their little group and started singing at church camps. They would receive a “love offering” and with those contributions of $20 and $30 would attempt to buy hotdogs for the week and put gas in their cars.

One evening he was describing their then current situation to his grandma. In exasperation Grandma said, “Mercy me, Bart, why don’t you just get a real job?” Thus the name Mercy Me was birthed. Six million albums and a Grammy nomination later, Bart can laugh about Granny’s frustration.

How many of you had a grandma, or a mom or dad, or an Uncle Harry, or respected teacher who told you to forget your dreams and just get a real job? My own dad understands milking cows or picking corn to create income, but still doesn’t fully comprehend why people pay me for just talking and writing. I just never could get very excited about a "real" job, so I had to figure out how to make something else work.

Still looking for the real job that fits you?

Romance at Work

Make sure you know where to direct your romantic urges. A new survey by Spherion Corporation, a recruiting and staffing company, shows that nearly 40 percent of American workers have dated a co-worker. Thirty-four percent of these romances led to marriage. What the survey does not show is how many marriages were destroyed prior to these office romances. However, 22 percent of the workers surveyed said they have in fact dated a colleague who was married. Fourteen percent have dated their married boss.

"Given that most of us spend at least a third of our day at work, there's plenty of opportunity to consider a workplace romance," John Heins, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Spherion, said in a press release. Throw in overnight trips, happy hour after work, late night working, conferences, and awards for team efforts and you have the recipe for developing relationships that go far beyond working together. People often look, smell, and act their very best at work – and then feel underappreciated at home.

This is a growing phenomenon that is complicating workplaces and decimating families. Remember the old days when families lived and worked together? It was rare for my dad to leave the farm more than once or twice a week. He and Mom were married for 62 years.

Don’t let this modern-day workplace challenge complicate your life. By working at home I can be infatuated with the only woman I see during the day – and night. Romance can take place at any time.

More on office romances

News You Can Use

Here’s a variety of useful items:

Dream Jobs to Go – How to make a living in an RV
Unusual Jobs

What are your plans to make 2007 different than 2006? Follow this link if you want to be the leader and businessperson you’ve been dreaming about: 48 Days Coaching Connection.

Find out which celebrities contribute to your charitable cause! You can find out how to contact any celebrity and how to get them to endorse your book or idea through the Celebrity Charitable Causes Database. Visit

Here’s the classic little book Acres of Diamonds. It’s free. You can just open and read it, or you can save it for future reading.

Here’s a presentation by Donald Trump on Why You Have to Think Big if you want to be successful. Yes, his little squeaky voice is irritating and he is always condescending -- but he does offer some good tips. Trump on Thinking Big :

Want to use some of those cool audio clips like we have on the 48 Days site?

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Quotes on Love

At the touch of Love every one becomes a poet.

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.
–Winnie the Pooh

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
–Robert Browning

Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart.

Who, being loved, is poor?
–Oscar Wilde

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.
–M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.
–Author Unknown

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
–Latin Proverb

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.
–Author Unknown

Humor - Shoebox Dolls

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000.

He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. "Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling the dolls at $1.50 each."

Reader’s Digest Jan 07

Dan MillerDan Miller is the bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and a renowned Life Coach specializing in career fulfillment. His weekly newsletter reaches 70,000 subscribers. Dan’s articles are featured here at CBN every Tuesday, and you can find out more about Dan at

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