Episode #001: New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Miller

Dan MillerDan Miller is a hero of mine, and not just because he agreed to be the first guest on the podcast. We’re kindred spirits of sorts, what with our mutual passion for reading, as you’ll hear in this inaugural episode.

Dan says that if he ever stops learning, “just dig a hole and push me in. Because I’m of no use to anybody.”

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In this episode, Dan shares about:

  • Why reading is #1 on his list of Ten Steps to Education and Becoming Rich
  • Why we as a society don’t make more time for reading
  • Why Dan feels there is a one-size-fits-all mindset when it comes to our education system any why he considers it so “sad”
  • The diminishing value of college degrees and the concept living an authentic life
  • How to turn failures into stepping stones to success
  • Conquering indecision with a personal mission statement
  • What it means to be intentional about who you spend the most time with
  • Creating a culture of leadership and collaboration in your organization
  • The importance of mentoring and being mentored

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Books Worth Reading

It’s hard to do a podcast on the passion of reading and not talk about books.  In this episode, Dan and I discuss several, including:

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

The Compound Effect

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Magazines Worth Reading

Dan also mentioned several magazines he highly recommends for individuals looking to stretch and grow.  Among them:

Success Magazine

Inc. Magazine

Fast Company

Wired Magazine

Reader’s Digest

O Magazine

People Worth Following

We also referenced folks like Timothy Ferriss, Sir Ken Robinson, Jim Rohn (“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”), Michael Hyatt, Chad Jeffers and Scott Stearman.

More on Dan

And, of course, there are Dan’s own works and his home(s) on the web.  For more, check out:

48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal

No More Dreaded Mondays: Ignite Your Passion–and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work

Wisdom Meets Passion: When Generations Collide and Collaborate

You can find Dan Miller on the web at 48days.com and join the community at 48days.net.  And, Dan tweets at @48daysteam on Twitter.


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  • Rich Grimshaw

    Just found your podcast, Jeff, and I’m looking forward to listening to all of your episodes. I love to read, and my Kindle Fire ensures that I always have plenty of good material. Add to that my long list of RSS feeds and I can fill up all available time with good reading material. Then add podcasts. Now I can consume during those hours of driving when I can’t read.

    But, too much of a good thing is, well, too much of a good thing. I find it difficult to discipline myself to stop reading/listening and DO something to apply the information that I’ve absorbed. I’m interested in knowing how you and others find your balance between action and consumption.

    • Rich, thanks for your comment, and your question. This is often a struggle for me too. What I’ve found works for me, and you may already be applying this, is to carve out the first few minutes of the day to my “doing.” This may be 15 minutes, or it may be two hours, but before the rest of the world is bombarding me with stuff, I’m selfish. That means up at 5am (as often as I can) and at least one to two hours dedicated to the creating and the doing. In fact, in Episode #012 (out tomorrow), Jon Acuff and I get into this a little bit (as do Erik Fisher and I briefly in Episode #011).

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  • Brennan Wimbish

    Hi Jeff, just found your podcast last night and thoroughly enjoyed this
    interview with Dan Miller. Thank you for your thoughtful line of
    questioning regarding the books he was reading at the time. I love to
    read and am always inspired to grow and excel. The Read to Lead podcast
    is such a well-produced show! As a 15-year radio producer and
    programmer, I’m always appreciative of well-crafted shows. Look forward
    to listening to these episodes!

    • Wow, Brennan! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words, especially as the come from a kindred radio spirit. 😉 I hope I can live up to your expectations going forward.

  • Hey Jeff, I listened to this podcast twice. The first time while in the gym and the second time in front of my computer, taking notes. Thank you and Thank you Dan Miller for your insights

    • So glad you enjoyed it Alain! Dan is certainly one of my favorite people.

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