My best friend, second to my wife of course!

Second to my wife of couse

Dream Job or Dream Life?

I know many people who are searching for their “dream job” and I can understand that. I also know many who are searching for a job in their field, I understand that too. But, are they missing the ultimate goal of a “dream life” I define a dream life as having inner peace, a purpose and making enough money to support one’s self. I believe that survival is our first economic goal, and that after survival comes giving to others and living a better life. That relates to a purpose to serve others, or in work, to sell our service to others. It seems to me that our first goal should be to survive, then save so one can do anything one wants. Including that “dream job” that may require some re-inventing of yourself. I have a friend who was considering a “dream job” but decided to take a good job that would pay the bills and allow him to continue living a dream life, with time for family and hobbies that contributes to his inner peace.

Buttprints in the sand

Butt Prints in The Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared…
And I asked the Lord, “What have we here?
Those prints are large and round and neat,
But Lord, they are too big for feet.”

“My child,” He said in somber tones,
“For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait.”

“You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith you would not know…
So I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt.”

“Because in life there comes a time
When one must fight,and one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave their butt prints in the sand.”

-Author Unknown

Books for Christmas gifts!

I reduced my book price to $11.95, tax included and I will pay the shipping!

I did this as I want to get this message out to as many as possible, and many are giving this short, easy read book to their adult children for Christmas.  To me, my profit is not as important as getting this message out!

What did I learn from the recession?

Here is my quick off the cuff list:

Small businesses and individuals have a lot in common; I think they have the same problems:

Core competency/product/service: each needs to constantly evaluate its marketability of its product and make changes or improvements before a downturn comes. Each needs to invest in new products/skills when times are good.

Transferrable skills, other markets for products should be a focus for future.

Sales do not solve all ills; customers are fickle and have problems of their own. Having a job is not secure, employers have problems also. We must know our customers/employers, their needs and problems and seek to help them before they drop us. Or find a new customer/employer to serve before current one leaves us or goes away.

Each needs to operate at a profit and have reserves to withstand a downturn. Excess costs for personal desires that are not necessary hamper reserve building. Each should operate in a survival mode first; luxury mode later.

Each can be dependent on banks for money. If bank gets in trouble, its customers are in trouble.

Banks are not in business to finance excess spending continuously. We need a plan to pay bank debt to avoid surprises.

Each needs skills in finance, sales, and core competency/product/service to survive. Businesses need to have communication among each area; individuals need to coordinate all three.

Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, MN

I have been invited to share my book concepts at my home town church. Here is how the church introduced it:
Fundamentals for survival may well describe the impetus for Rob Seversons drive in writing his book, “Connecting Peace, Purpose, Prosperity”. Rob wanted to write down what he most wanted his family to learn from him and his life. Have you ever pondered what you might like your family to remember about you, and the values you have learned? Rob will speak from a faith perspective next Sunday 25 October at Greenfield Lutheran church in Harmony at both the 9 am and 11 am services. During the coffee hour at 10 am, he will be available for conversation and will have some of his books available for sale. The public is invited to worship and participate in this event.


I am piloting a “financial turnaround” program for individuals experiencing financial challenges or those just wanting to get organized. My concept is simple, find out where your money is going, set budget, and track it. Very simple with today’s technology, anyone can do it and probably figure it out on their own. I am pricing my coaching very inexpensively so the “average” people can afford it and benefit from my experience with business turnarounds.
The first 3 clients I work with will be free.

How to be Happy!

Seems that this is very difficult for many of us to accomplish. My book has a very easy path to follow, not my wisdom, but a collection of others. Only 77 pages!

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