Why Didn’t You Do This?

January 16, 2008 by  
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By Dan Miller

My friend Cindy Cashman is releasing the 20th anniversary issue of “Everything Men Know About Women” (written under the pseudonym Dr. Alan Francis).  Now this is a great story – 20 years ago she released this “book” to rave reviews.  I must warn you that it is 128 blank pages – thus the title.  She sold over 1 million copies herself.  People bought them by the case load to give away to friends.  Cindy is not a great writer or even a good reader.  Becoming the most successful self-published woman in America is not something her guidance counselor would have recommended.
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What is That In Your Hand?

December 30, 2007 by  
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By Dan Miller

Remember when God spoke to Moses at the burning bush?  God told Moses he wanted him to go back to Egypt and lead the people out to the Promised Land.  Moses looked and said – “You’ve got to be kidding – I’m not the person for a job like that.”  God assured Moses he would prepare the way and he would provide some pretty convincing miracles.  Still Moses had a hard time believing he was up to the task.  He pleaded – “I can’t speak well, I don’t have a college degree, I’m a convicted felon – please, send anyone else!”
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Why the Cold Water?

December 16, 2007 by  
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By Dan Miller

Here’s a story from Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition) by Michael Michalko.  Imagine a cage containing five monkeys.  Inside the cage there is a banana on a string.  Before long a monkey walks over and reaches for the banana.  As soon as he touches the banana, all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water.  After a while another monkey makes an attempt to grab the banana – with the same result.  All the monkeys are instantly sprayed with cold water.  Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to reach for the banana, the other monkeys will try to stop him.

Now forget the cold water.  Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.  The new monkey sees the banana and obviously goes over and starts to grab it.  But to his surprise, all of the other monkeys attack him to prevent him from touching the banana. 
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Winner or Loser – You Get to Choose!

November 12, 2007 by  
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By Dan Miller

I had a lot of fun with creative experiments while getting my graduate degrees in Psychology. Students are known for devising interesting experiments to test various human theories.  Here’s one:  A number of years ago, some students decided to use one of their friends as a guinea pig, to see if false suggestions could cause reactions in the body.

On the chosen day, the guinea pig left the dorm, suspecting nothing unusual. However, a friend greeted him with, “Good Morning, Chuck! How are you doing today? You look a little pale.” Seconds later another friend rounded the corner with “Chuck, are you feeling okay? You look a little sick!” A third friend greeted Chuck and said, “You really shouldn’t be out of bed! You look horrible!” Before the young man could get to his first class, he turned around, went back to the dormitory and fell into bed. He was in fact, sick.
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Noon-Day Demon

October 21, 2007 by  
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By Dan Miller

Medieval writers used this term – “Noon-Day Demon.”  They were referring to that season in life when we lose our enthusiasm, when we begin to question our existence and direction.  We may call it a mid-life crisis today but the meaning is the same.  We hear about switching from success to significance, or finding our purpose, calling or mission.

Whatever your terminology, see this as a positive opportunity, not as a crisis.  Yes, it is healthy to take a fresh look at where we are, where we want to go and how we are going to get there.  You may not trust the career decisions that were made by a 20 yr. old.  Look today at your unique (1) Skills and Abilities, (2) Personality Traits, and (3) Values, Dreams and Passions.  What have these prepared you for?  Zig Ziglar says we should not have an “alarm clock” but an “opportunity clock.”  See the inevitable transitions in your own life not as crises, but as opportunities to move forward with more focus and confidence.
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