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Congratulations Andy, on being a new dad AND having a job and a wife that you trust! That's a true blessing!
A number of years ago I heard a fellow talking on the radio about having meaning in your life through your work. He then asked this question: "If you knew you couldn't fail, and you could do whatever you wanted to do, what would that look like?"
I started asking people I worked with that question, and you know what happened? They got angry! I didn't know that until later, much later in fact, but I couldn't believe that a simple question could make people angry. Personally, I LOVE questions like that!
None of us are the same as others, and not everyone likes to think.
I want to commend you on your discretion! No, not condemn you, COMMEND YOU! In this day and age one is wise to keep their ideas from robbers and thieves. Sorry to be so blunt, but I've been taken advantage of and discouraged far too many times to not be a little cautious.
Now, go enjoy the gift that has been entrusted to you, okay?
Thanks so much for letting us catch a glimpse of you, too!
Andy Hynds said:My thing is that I never seem to build on any small idea that I have. It seems silly, but I think it's because anything I do would be on the side, and I am making enough money in my current job that the need isn't there. Also, I'm a new dad of a two-month-old, so I'm deliberately using more of my free time to be with my family.
All of that aside, I tend not to tell people my ideas (except for my wife) unless I'm 100% certain that I'm actually going to carry it out.
This is a great thread! I don't know if "shame" is exactly the word to use, but it's as good as any I suppose. For the last year I told a number of people what I planned on doing. 95% of their reactions weren't making me feel any better about my plan. I suppose it was my fear of people thinking I would fail (my products are very specialized, not mainstream, but much needed). There were many who said, "you sell what?". And then there was that half-smile on their face that I interpreted as feeling sorry me and my misguided venture that they believed was doomed to failure, but they were too polite to say it. That's when I quit talking about it. So I concentrated on success. I read everything I could on motivation, inspiration, marketing, attitude and faith. I sought out and talked to successful business owners. I listened and learned. I read all of Dan's books, I signed up for newsletters from many of the leaders here on 48days.net. All the while I kept planning and building. Finally, two weeks ago, I launched my website. I have received nothing but positive comments and incredible encouragement. Website visitors are up an average of nearly 1200% each day. Hopefully, sales will follow this trend. This is just one of my seven streams of income. My newborn.
I'm no longer hesitant to talk about what I'm doing. Much thanks goes to the Lord, without who none of this would have been possible, and especially to Dan, Kent, Jay and many others who kept my attitude and motivation where I needed it.
If this latest venture doesn't work out - no problem. I've enjoyed the ride!