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Still Selling Typewriters?

By Dan Miller My wife, Joanne, was dismayed to see the signs stuck in the medians yesterday as we were driving leisurely through Franklin, Tennessee. Our local Hollywood Video store is closing. They recently filed for bankruptcy protection, citing increasing real estate and labor costs, and growing competition. They want to close 520 unprofitable stores and concentrate on 4,000 stronger locations.

Frankly, I think they should liquidate their stock and sell the real estate as quickly as possible.

Here's why.

Are you using business principles that were effective 20 years ago but are dreadfully out of date today? Are you going to fight to continue selling typewriters, or can you see the writing on the wall and embrace the inevitable changes?

Read why I think you may need to stop what you're doing: Still Selling Typewriters.

Principles from No More Mondays

Attitude Adjustment

Spring is just around the corner – new growth is popping up in trees, grass, and flowers. And I hope that you are seeing new growth in your life as well.

In a recent podcast I mentioned that our children used to get “attitude adjustments” when they were little, rather than physical punishment. A reader asked about that and my daughter Ashley gave a wonderful description here – now using her own daughter Clara as the unwilling learner: Attitude Adjustments.

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.”—Maxwell Maltz, 1899 – 1975

Need a fresh start every morning?

48 Days Online Radio Show

Thanks for the variety of interesting questions you are submitting each week. As you know, I then scan through and answer as many as possible in each week’s 48-Minute podcast. If you could please keep your questions to about 50 words they are much more likely to make it into the lineup!

Just click on this e-mail link and you can ask about resumes, interviewing, at-home business or finding your purpose in life:

If you click on the 48 Days Podcast Player here you can listen to this week’s broadcast immediately—no downloading—no wait.

Gumby Works Here

Remember the green clay humanoid figure named Gumby? If you ever had a model Gumby, you will remember that he was infinitely flexible. It appears ole Gumby is pretty welcome in today’s workplace.

Companies everywhere are discovering that happy workers are more productive - and one of the biggest factors in keeping people happy is providing them flexible work schedules and locations. Even the U.S. government has discovered that flexible work schedules result in “greater employee productivity, higher levels of sustained performance, reduced traffic congestion and air pollution, and reduced real estate costs.”

Could you imagine working from home for your current employer? Would you want that arrangement? Do you have a place in your home where you could have a work mind-set? Do you need help in creating a flexible work proposal for your boss?

Here are things you can propose to your boss: Gumby works here.

Want more on the new work models?

Humor: Things You May Hear Just Before Unemployment

I don't know what we'll do without you, but we are certainly going to try!

We told everyone you are leaving because of illness. The truth is, I'm sick of you.

Its not that you aren't a responsible worker. In fact, you've been responsible for more disasters than anyone else in the place.

Today I'm going to mix business with pleasure. You're fired!

I've got good news for you. You won't have to worry about being late for work here 'ever again'.

Tell me: How long have you been with us, not counting tomorrow?

48 Days Featured Businesses

Some of our Featured Businesses provide products and services, while others also offer business opportunities. For those providing business opportunities, we implore you to first consider whether the opportunity is a good fit for you. Is it something you care about and is a relevant fit for you? Your 'Acres of Diamonds' will come from something you are passionate about!

See your business here.

Usborne Books At Home
If you care about children and appreciate the power of books…you’ll be interested in Usborne Books At Home. Shannon Millican is a 48 Days fan who followed her passions for children and books to become a distributor of Usborne Books at home, which has been ranked in the Forbes 50 Top Fastest growing home- based businesses. She markets more than 1,300 titles of children’s educational books ranging from infant to high school level. I visited her site and want to order 100 Science Experiments for my kids; it’s one of their top 50 best sellers.

For those interested in the books, you can browse them and place your order directly at Shannon’s website. If you have an interest in the business opportunity that Shannon enjoys (including hosting home shows and showcasing books at libraries, school, and other events), you can review the details under the income opportunity link on her site as well. Go to

Pure Breath & Water comes to us from Larry Andron, an independent business owner who has developed multiple streams of income that he helps other people duplicate. Larry is a health advocate. For a long time his daughter had itch and rash issues that no allergy testing found a solution for. When he purchased this air purifier, all of her symptoms finally subsided. She’s two years free of itch and rash problems. After becoming a fan and realizing that many allergy and other health problems can be caused by airborne contaminants, Larry investigated the business opportunity. It turns out that the manufacturer has been featured in various publications for offering one of the most successful home based businesses out there. He appreciates that the business helps people solve indoor air quality problems and has the potential to help people realize their financial goals as well. Check it out at or contact Larry at (800) 863-8058.

Chuck Bowen Personal Financial Coaching
Chuck is a longtime friend and one of the most successful coaches I know. He is President of our 212Connection, and is one of Dave Ramsey's coaches to all the other financial coaches! Chuck has a thriving radio show in his home town of San Antonio, Texas. Chuck is offering his financial coaching services to all 48 Days subscribers. You may call Chuck at his offices at 210-200-8520. Even if you don’t need a personal coaching session, visit his site now at and sign up for his newsletter.

Paid 'Featured Business' Disclaimer:
48 Days LLC does not represent the accuracy or reliability of any of the recommendations or promotions shown above...or the quality of any products, information, or other materials displayed, purchased, or obtained by you as a result of an offer in connection with this newsletter... your own due diligence before purchasing any product or service.

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48 Days Seminars
We’ve discovered that many of our champions for the 48 Days Seminars are people who currently are in transition themselves. So if you find that you’ve been laid off, fired, or are just looking for a better opportunity, how would you like to earn the complete Seminar package? If you can introduce this to your company, church, or community group, get 10 people to join you, and then turn the DVD on each week, we’ll give you the Leaders Guide and your own Participant Package free ($649). Just send an e-mail with your name and contact information to our National Seminar Director, Alan Thomas, at You can also listen to a 48-minute overview that explains the basic details. Just two weeks ago, one of our subscribers started a Sunday school for his church and had 15 sign ups. The church has only 200 members, so that's 7.5% of the congregation! People are so hungry for career fulfillment.

Need to Move On?
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!

Stay up to date, add your comments and share your successes at my No More Mondays Blog.

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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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