No More Abuse

CBN.com In this edition you’ll read about a couple more No More Mondays readers who have taken action on their great ideas. If you have a story to share, send it along to us. Also, if you can snap a picture of yourself with a copy of No More Mondays, we’ll rotate it through on the 48Days.com site. Right now, subscriber Dan Cottle is seen relaxing on the deck of a cruise ship – while reading No More Mondays. Send your pic to contest@48Days.com.

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"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions – he had money, too."
—Margaret Thatcher

Wife Abuse?

No, this is not really about abused wives. But I had a client use that phrase recently in describing his repeated return to the work of his professional training (yes, another dentist).

In his mind, there was a strikingly similar pattern. He would break away for something more rewarding, experience a challenge or setback, and return to the work he despised yet knowing it was where he could make the most predictable income.

Last night Joanne and I went to see the new Steve Carell movie, Get Smart. In one poignant scene Anne Hathaway is afraid she is going to get sent back to a desk job rather than being a field agent. She moans and says, “Yes, I can imagine that, just like I can imagine scraping a cheese grater across my forehead.”

Do you do your work only because of the paycheck you get? Do you long to leave for something more enjoyable? Have you tried another path only to return to what is more familiar? Unfortunately, wives, dogs, and children often get trapped in these patterns of going back to negative and abusive situations. The emotions and self-esteem issues there may be complicated and confusing.

However, the stakes are dramatically lessened in a “job.” A job should not be the definition of “who” or “what” you are. You can leave today and not change the overall purpose or direction of your life. Your “calling” is a much larger concept than what you do daily to create income. No divorce is needed to walk away and into a more fulfilling and rewarding type of work.

And you can leave the cheese grater in the cupboard.

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No More Mondays Success Stories

OK, here are a couple of personal stories I want you to check out. These are unsolicited reports from people just like you who took their ideas and acted on them. I think you’ll find them inspiring!

Shelia Rees is a 52-year-old “empty nester” who is developing a long time dream of hers. She describes herself as a true Southern belle traditionalist. Shelia says, “As a child, I spent every holiday in small town Mississippi at Nana and Papa’s house. The celebration of each holiday began with a picture taken on the front porch of the old family home. Rocking chairs, wicker furniture, pink azaleas, and luscious ferns were the backdrop for each photograph.” Her clothing line reflects that desire to take us back to traditional family values and times spent together.

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And here's another:

Hi Dan,
I have read your No More Mondays book and follow your 48 Days newsletter & blog.

Two years ago, my husband and son sat me down for a "food intervention" where they told me how bad my cooking was. I couldn't argue because they were right. My sister suggested I try the recipes on Food Network since they were the "experts". Since then I have prepared over 400 recipes and now freelance write food features for my local newspaper. I also entered a recipe contest, Bush Beans Perfect Pair Grillin', and made the top 12 nationally. Now it’s up to votes to see if I make it to the top four for the cook-off.

Thanks for the inspiration and don't forget to vote for me! The final winner gets a $5,000 backyard makeover and gets to do a commercial!

Please vote for me!

Melanie Knight

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Each week I create a new online radio podcast—that you can hear in iTunes or at the 48 Days Online Radio Show .

I’ve titled this week’s podcast Digging for Gold – Finding Profitable Ideas in the middle of Busyness.

One of the most common questions from readers is simply how to find an idea worth pursuing, questions like these:

1. My problem is lack of ideas and forgoing a steady revenue stream.
2. I can't think of a home business that interests me.
3. How can I train myself to think more creatively?
4. Need new ideas to generate extra income.
5. The biggest obstacle is finding something I am passionate about.
6. What if I don't have a unique business idea?

On this podcast I talk about how unwelcome change may be the catalyst for your great idea – if you are paying attention. (Example – Dave Ramsey.) I tell about the two books that every successful person has read, which magazines I read, and how two hours a day transformed my own success.

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Humor: Gee, Thanks, Boss!

Tom goes to see his supervisor in the front office.

“Boss,” he says, “we're doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.”

“We're short-handed, John,” the boss replies. “I can't give you the day off.”

“Thanks, boss,” says John. “I knew I could count on you!”

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