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By Dan Miller The more I work on my own life and help others on the path toward success, the more I see the importance of loving relationships. “Success” cannot be achieved in isolation. It is the result of combined efforts – yours and that of many others around you. Look for ways to strengthen your relationships.

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and you're keeping all these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. —Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994

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We All Need Someone to Lean On

Remember this great old song from the ‘70s? When I was in graduate school studying psychology, my classmates and I decided to have this as our theme song. We committed to encouraging each other and the people we saw as clients.

One of our primary needs as human beings is to feel the support of those around us. Ideally, that will mean we are nurtured and encouraged by our nuclear family first and then by an ever-widening circle of relatives, friends, teachers, etc. Without that support, we tend to be less and less willing to try new things or to go down non-traditional paths.

Too frequently the gifted artist does not hear, “I really think you can do it” but rather, “You know artists don’t make any money” or something to that effect. The guy with a critical wife stays in a job where he is “underemployed” because he doesn’t feel the freedom to stretch his wings. An employee who is punished for making a mistake will ultimately do the very least to maintain her job, not willing to risk the disapproval again.

Not having someone to lean on, adding others’ fear to his own, the next Bill Gates or Thomas Edison settles into the twilight world of could-have-beens and regrets. Without encouragement during the many falls, a baby would never learn to walk. I fear that the current environment of isolation, where we no longer have sidewalks and community churches, has crippled the creativity of this generation. Lack of support leads to minimal effectiveness.

That is why one of the critical characteristics of very successful people is that they spend time with people who are performing at the level at which they want to perform. Find those people in your own life and watch your success soar.

No wonder the 1972 song “Lean on Me” has ongoing popularity. Here’s the chorus:

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on
For, it won't be long
’Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on*

*The complete lyrics.

And for a group to encourage your new ideas, check out our 212ºConnection. You’ll find a growing group of people who are getting encouragement to pursue their unique dreams.

Business Chaplains

One of the fastest growing career areas I have seen in the last few years is that of business chaplain. Topics ranging from family suicides, child-rearing, caring for aging parents, marital problems, depression, drug use, and finances are being addressed by these workplace chaplains. We are used to seeing military chaplains and hospital chaplains. Many police and fire departments also have ministers, priests, and rabbis who serve the same function. Some employee assistance program coordinators estimate that they spend at least 20% of their time dealing with spiritual issues.

This is just one of many new work opportunities that we are seeing. And it’s an example of how, if you have your eyes open, you will find new doors opening – that also integrate fulfillment, meaning, and purpose in your work.

To check out education requirements, pay, and opportunities for business chaplains, see these sites:

Web sites of Interest to Chaplains

Industrial and Commercial Ministries

Inner Active Ministries

Association of Professional Chaplains


Humor: Just Following Instructions

The 17-year-old asked her Dad’s friend if she could use his name as a reference on her resume, which she planned to submit to a local fast-food restaurant. He agreed.

A few days later she called and asked the friend to meet her at the restaurant later that afternoon. When he asked her why, she replied, "The manager wants me to come in for an interview, and she told me to bring my references."

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The Barefoot Executive
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Steven Deaton has been an avid 48 Days fan for years and took the principles for 'work you love' to create PlainFaith, whose goal is to protect families. He's giving a free book from his Plainfaith library to all 48 Days subscribers. Get the details here.

Usborne Books At Home
Dan Miller is a huge book fan, and cites his greatest education – above all else – from books. Shannon Millican is a student of 48 Days who took her love of learning and literacy to get involved with a national leader in children's educational books. Learn how she turned her passion into profits!

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What work "fits" you ?
The most popular product in the 48 Days arsenal continues to be the Computerized Personality Report. Before you begin seeking a better job or self-employment, you need to be sure you are pursuing opportunities that match your personality style and will fulfill and reward you for a lifetime!\

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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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