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Eric Olson
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  • Fairfield, WA
  • United States

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Eric Olson's Discussions

48 Ways to Discover Your Passion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Borgman Feb 10, 2012. 13 Replies

Would you pay for a vegetable gardener?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Olson Jun 23, 2010. 50 Replies


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How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
I learned about this site through Dan's podcast. I hope to get feedback about developing a "No More Mondays" lifestyle for myself. I hope that I can also contribute to encouraging other members in their pursuits.
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
I am a 911 Call Receiver and am attempting to develop alternative streams of income on the side.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
By the end of this year I intend to have laid the ground work for starting a small scale, part time farm on 35 acres I own. Depending on negotiations with my current renter, operations will begin as early as 2011-12. I anticipate that this farm will be a hobby that will net me about $2,000 per year and am planning to develop niche markets that will allow me to cut back my day job to 1/2 time within the next 5 years.
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
In all of my pursuits, I strive to have integrity, be reliable, maintain a positive attitude, and develop and apply wisdom while being a gentle, loving, sincere, and helpful man of faith.
What would you say are your strongest talents? How are you 'wired' and what can you offer to the world (it's OK if you don't know yet, but knowing is key to pursuing your dreams!)?
I am high S and C on the DISC profile. That said, I can force myself to be outgoing and enjoy getting to know lots of people. I am particularly strong at collaborative problem-solving and developing concrete measures for abstract concepts.

Reading List

Not a comprehensive list of everything I have ever read by any stretch, but here are a number of books I have found insightful, entertaining, or both.

Currently Reading:

Caputo, Philip. A Rumor of War. Henry Holt and Company: New York, 1996.

Kendrick, Stephen & Kendrick, Alex. The Love Dare. B&H Publishing Group: Nashville, 2008.

Levitin, Daniel J. This is Your Brain on Music. Plume: Toronto, 2006.

Omartian, Stormie. The Power of a Praying Husband. Harvest House: Eugene, 2001.


McManus, Patrick F., The Night The Bear Ate Goombaw. Henry Holt and Company: New York. 1989.


King, Ross. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling. Penguin Books: New York, 2003.

Personal Development:

Arterburn, Stephen. Healing is a Choice. Thomas Nelson, Dallas, 2005.

Assaraf, John and Smith, Murray. The Answer. Atria: Toronto, 2008.

Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God. Christian Books Today: Chorey, 2009 (written c1670).

Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Free Press: New York, 2004.

Manning, Brennan. The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat up, and Burnt Out. Multnomah Publishers: Sisters, OR, 2005.

Ramsey, Dave. The Total Money Makeover. Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2007.

Roese, Neal Ph.D. If Only, How to Turn Regret into Opportunity. Broadway Books: New York, 2005.

Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2002.

Welch, Jack; Welch, Suzy. Winning. Collins: New York, 2005.

Other Non-Fiction:

Barenboim, Daniel & Said, Edward W. Parallels and Paradoxes. Vintage Books: New York, 2002.

Brody, David Eliot & Brody, Arnold R. PhD. The Science Class You Wish You Had.... Perigee: New York, 1997.

Logsdon, Gene. Living at Nature's Pace. Chelsea Green Publishing Company: White River Junction, Vermont, 2000.

Eric's To Read List:

Regret Free Living, and Reframing Your Life by Steve Arterburn

Eric Olson's Blog

Looking Inward

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Dan often says that 85% of the process of finding the work you love is accomplished by looking inward. Coming to truely understand ourselves is foundational to our success in work and life, yet many of us never really take the time to get a handle on who we really are. Instead, we often create a version of ourself that reflects who we wish we were or who we are supposed to be. We design our lives based on that faulty model of ourselves and wonder why we are not happy with…


Whatever It Takes

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 12:02pm 0 Comments

In their book The Answer, John Assaraf and Murray Smith write, "There is a difference between being committed to your success and being interested in your success. If you are interested, you will do what's convenient. If you are committed, you will do whatever it takes-and doing whatever it takes is what you need to succeed in business, no matter who or where you are." (73)

A lot of us are participating here at 48days.net because we are tired of being on the hamster…

Dream On

Posted on August 8, 2010 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Our dreams are the fuel for our lives. While it is important for us to properly maintain our lives, we must not neglect to continue to dream. Too often, we allow the pressures of life rob us of the opportunity to dream. We buy into the falicy that accomplishment will come through planning and action; that dreaming has nothing to do with it.


Contrary to this view, the French poet, Anatole France, said, "To accomplish great things, we must…


Write [Do] What You Wish.

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

"So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. But to sacrifice a hair of the head of your vision, a shade of its colour, in deference to some Headmaster with a silver pot in his hand or to some professor with a measuring-rod up his sleeve, is the most abject treachery."

-Virginia Woolf in "A Room of One's Own"

We work hard to meet expectations. We are expected to keep our lawn… Continue

Keep Standing Up

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 12:51pm 1 Comment

"You have to be stubborn and get up after you've been knocked down, because if you're not standing up, there is no way lightning can strike you."-Scott Turow, Charlie Rose May 19 2010

I constantly have to ask myself if I am standing or sitting. I think we can have the tendency to think we are standing when, in reality, we are only engaged in imaginary productivity.

This imaginary productivity is particularly…

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At 3:55pm on June 9, 2010,
Group Leader
Rob Orr
Hi Eric - thanks for adding me. I've added both of your blogs to my feed reader, so I'm looking forward to it!
At 11:18am on May 7, 2010, Robert Clinton said…

Thank you for your response as well, and also your insightful response to my blog. You've really challenged my thinking as well, and I appreciate that more than you know. Hope to continue more discussions with you!


At 5:30pm on January 27, 2010, Theresa said…
Hey Eric- Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog....I am honored!
I love what you added to the ADHD conversation. I write a lot about ADHD issues...we have plenty of it around here.
I so agree with you on how these kids do better in a different learning environment!
At 10:45pm on February 18, 2009,
Group Leader
Kent Julian
Hello Eric,

Just noticed you joined 48Days.net -- WELCOME! So glad you became a member. And FYI, sounds like you know yourself well. Keep living it forward.

Wishing you REAL success...

Live it forward,
Kent Julian
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At 3:11am on February 18, 2009, Robert Clinton said…
Welcome Eric! I wish you tons of success as you pursue your dreams of working from home and producing streams of income. I hope you find strength and encouragement with this community, and may you find the spiritual life and happiness you long for.
Countless blessings to you always.
At 9:13am on February 17, 2009, Joseph Flahiff said…

I want to personally extend an invitation to you to join the group I am the host for a group called "Making A DREAM" where we are discussing our dreams and what we are doing to make them happen!

If you are interested in starting a business, I would like to invite you to challenge yourself with a FREE 7 day eCourse on my website. I offer this free because I want to introduce people to a different way of planning a business, the Agile way.

A Vision with out a Goal is just a Dream
A Goal without a Plan Is just a Wish

I hope you will join me in not just setting GOALS but making Agile PLANS to meet them.

Joseph Flahiff, PMP, CSM
At 7:13pm on February 16, 2009, Jay Peroni said…
Welcome to the community! Glad you found us!

If I can help answer any questions or point you in the right direction, please do not hesitate to drop me a line. I wish you much success and prosperity!

Jay Peroni, CFP
Author of The Faith-Based Millionaire (foreword by Dan Miller)
Download the book for FREE at www.jayperoni.com
Host of Faith-Based Millionaires in the Making

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