What I Learned from Donald Miller about Being Brave

3 Powerful Truths from His New Book ‘Scary Close’

Donald Miller’s newest book, Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, is out and off to a great start. I can see why. It’s his best book so far.


I’ve known Don for over a decade. He was one of our bestselling authors at Thomas Nelson, during the time I was publisher, president, and later CEO. But more than an author, over time he also became a friend—and a teacher.

Don told us about his relationship with God in Blue Like Jazz, which went on to become a huge success. Now, Don tells us about his relationship with relationships. And I hope it becomes a huge success too.

Season 3, Episode 04: Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows [Podcast]

3 Truths to Remember When You’re Not Sure You Can Finish

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fourth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss why we should play full out, especially when we feel like giving up.


Anyone can start something. But after we begin a new project, goal, or relationship, a million things come up and it’s easy to drop out. Here are three truths to keep in mind when you’re not sure you can finish.

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How to Stay Relevant in a Constantly Changing Marketplace

7 Ways to Make Sure You’re Always in Demand

The recent recession taught us all an important lesson: Employment is not forever. Companies change. Jobs vanish. It might have already happened to you.

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Some don’t mind the churn. I don’t know one single person, Gen X or younger, who thinks employment is forever. In fact, they wouldn’t even want it. It’s too constricting.

Others take a job loss as an opportunity to change gears. They find more satisfaction in another company or industry, or even in starting their own business. They might be reluctant at first, but they move on with gusto. But not everyone.

4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year

How to Overcome What's Holding You Back

It’s about that time. Based on the statistics, a large percentage of people who made New Year’s resolutions are thinking about throwing in the towel. Some already have.

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According to research from the University of Scranton, nearly 4 out of 10 people quit their resolutions before reaching the month of February. Even more will fall off after that. But what about you?

If you’re like most people, you have goals for your health, relationships, faith, wealth, or personal development. These are the things that matter most to us, and yet it can be so easy to start with the best of intentions and flame out after a few weeks.

The 37 Best Business Books I’ve Ever Read

I have been in and around the publishing business my entire professional life. So I understand the potential impact of a great book.

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In business, the right book at the right moment can tilt the playing field and give you a crucial advantage. These thirty-seven business books have personally made a huge difference for me. In fact, they’re the best I’ve ever read.

Final Chance! Registration for ‘Best Year Ever’ Closes Today

If you’ve been thinking about signing up for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, now’s the time to act. Registration closes today. After that, you’ll have to wait until next year.


But why wait till then to get what you want, accomplish the things that matter most, and achieve your biggest goals?

More than 5,500 people have already signed up for my simple, effective, and proven goal-setting process. What’s holding you back?

Hurry! Only a Few Seats Left for My Free Goal-Setting Webinar

If you want to make 2015 the year you knock it out of the park, you can’t afford to miss one of my upcoming live webinars, Get What You Really Want This Year: 5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals. Attending is free—all you have to do is register.

But slots are moving fast! We originally scheduled two webinars today, but registration is already full. Because of the demand, we’re now hosting an extra webinar tomorrow, January 8, at 9 a.m. Central. I expect that one to fill up fast as well. Make sure to save your seat.

Because of the webinar schedule, there will be no podcast today. We will begin Season 3 next Wednesday, January 14.

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5 Secrets for Finally Accomplishing Your Biggest Goals [Free Webinar]

If you’re like me, you’re thinking about all of the things you want to accomplish in 2015. But if we’re not intentional, the year can rocket past us.


We all know it it goes. Work, family, distraction, and exhaustion can sideline our goals if we don’t take proactive measures.

But what kind of measures work best? I’m hosting two free, live webinars tomorrow to reveal 5 secrets for accomplishing your biggest goals in 2015.

Are You a Pilot or a Passenger in Your Own Life?

Imagine you’re in a sailboat on the open ocean. You have a map and, after looking at several different options, decide where you would like to go.

Are You a Pilot or a Passenger in Your Own Life?

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Now what: Do you hope the wind and waves will get you there? Or do you use the sail and rudder to direct your boat to the right harbor?

One of the most obvious things about the future is that we are not there yet. The question for us as we start a New Year is whether to drift or direct our lives where we want them to go.

Catch the Replay: The Secret of Making New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Stick With

Over 150 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent actually succeed.

Yesterday Stu McLaren and I did live Q&A broadcast on making effective New Year’s resolutions. It was a huge success! We had several thousand attendees and over 700 questions and comments.

But don’t worry. If you missed it, you didn’t miss out. If you want to learn the secret to making New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually stick with, we’re replaying the video here for a limited time.


Is Your Goal Challenging or Just Crazy? Here’s How to Tell the Difference

As I talk about setting goals for the New Year, I get a lot of questions like these: “How do I know if I’m being too aggressive with my goals? How do I know if my goals are realistic?”

Is Your Goal Challenging or Just Crazy? Here’s How to Tell the Difference

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If you’re asking these questions, you’re already on the right track. Why? Because you’re already talking about goals you suspect, assume, or know will stretch you.