EP – 105 Grandpas Starting or growing a Side Business

Our conversation with James Divine

James ‘Papa Jimmy’ Divine is back to discuss his experience creating multiple side businesses while working full-time as a band teacher in a Title 1 school. James talks to us about his journey from transitioning from the U.S. Army to becoming a music teacher and the process it took to earn his Master’s in Music Education while in the Army and raising a family.

We get into an interesting conversation about the mindset of starting side businesses. How grandfathers can find the time to write a book or create a course. We also discuss mentors and coaches we have used to help us to get clarity about what businesses or projects we are involved in. As part of our discussion about mentors, we listen to Dan Miller’s 48 Day’s podcast and Dave Ramsey’s radio program. James and I also went through Chris LoCurto’s Next Level Life event.

James is incredibly open and honest in talking about how he has worked and continues to work on overcoming a negative mindset. The mindset was part naturally occurring and part of the environment that he grew up in. James outlines a great way to overcome or improve your negative mindset. His number one piece of advice is to “keep moving forward.”

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Here is the link to my previous conversation with James Divine (Episode 13): A Cool Teacher Dedicated to Helping Young People Succeed.

James has generously offered the listeners of this episode an 50% discount on any of the products in his store IF you use the discount code COOL GRANDPA. Click HERE to go directly to James’ store and take advantage of this awesome deal!

Click HERE to visit James’ website and see all his great products and services. You can also connect to James on social media and email by clicking those links on James’ website.

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EP – 48 Growing Creativity with Grandchildren

Our conversation with Dan Miller

Dan Miller joins us for a fantastic conversation about how to help our grandchildren to think creatively about education, work, and life. Learn about Dan’s experience and expectations when he learned he would become a grandfather. Dan was excited and viewed the grandchildren as an extension of the fun and exciting times he and his wife, Joanne, had with their children.

Our discussion then focused on helping his grandchildren learn to hold on to their creativity and passions from childhood to adulthood. We discuss how they use the game CASH FLOW as one of the fun activities he and Joanne use to help the grandchildren think about creating wealth.

We also talk about using mentors when modeling roles such as being a husband, father, and grandfather. There are many resources available to learn these roles that we take on. Dan and I also talk about how grandfathers or men of the same age group can help reframe experiences that our grandchildren and other youth have. We can help them to think differently about opportunities and find ways to find work that is meaningful, purposeful, AND profitable for them.

Dan talks to us about connecting with the grandchildren on their level and with their interests. By meeting the grandchildren where they are, we help them grow in how they are ‘bent’ or created, not how their parents or we want them to be. By joining our grandchildren in activities they enjoy, we as grandparents can learn from them.

Check out the links below for resources that can help you be a Cool Grandpa AND help your grandchildren think creatively about life and work.



Dan’s about page

48 Days Eagles Community

The five books that Dan recommends his grandchildren read by the time they are 13 years old:

Acres of Diamonds

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Think and Grow Rich

See You at the Top

The Magic of Thinking Big

Dan’s Books:



RUDDER OF THE DAY – One of my favorites

CLICK HERE to learn about the Game Cashflow that Dan mentioned on the show. This is a game developed by RICH DAD.

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Adulting 101

EP 13 – A cool teacher dedicated to helping young people succeed

My conversation with James Divine

In this conversation, James and I discuss his background as a member of the US Army Band, marring his high school sweetheart and being a cool grandpa to six grandchildren. 

James and I also dive into his work as a speaker, coach, and content creator. We both share how we connected through Dan Miller’s’ 48days community and how we are continuing to grow our interests, skills, and passions while being cool grandpas.

James has made a very generous offer of 50% off his course, Adulting 101: Practical, social, and emotional skills every young person should know. That can be accessed at www.jamesdivine.net/101free

When you check out this course and like what you see, at the check out simply enter the code “grandpa” to receive your 50% off discount.

If you would like to learn more about James and the awesome work he is doing to help young people learn the skills to become successful adults, you can find him at www. jamesdivine.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/james.divine.5494 on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/divinejames

Click on the above to listen to this fun conversation!