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Darrell Vesterfelt on Giving People Permission to Live their Best Life {Podcast Episode #09}

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Darrell Vesterfelt joins me on the podcast today. Darrell and his wife Alli started Prodigal Magazine. They are incredibly inspirational in the way that they live their lives with intention and without fear. He believes we are all telling a story with our life, whether we mean to or not.

He is the author of the book, Unblogger, which you can get for free when subscribing to his blog. It is his story of how he learned he was blogging for the wrong reasons. It is thoughtful and insightful.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Writing won’t make you a good character in your own story
  • You need to be willing to engage in conflict
  • We have one life to live
  • Living in fear is already the worst case scenario
  • We have a responsibility to live the life we were made to live
  • If you aren’t making mistakes, you’re probably playing it too safe

You can connect with him on his blog or on Twitter.

You can also find out more about Thistle Farms here.

We were all made to make a difference. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode.

Jeff Goins on Enjoying the In-Between {Podcast Episode #08}

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I’m excited to welcome Jeff Goins to the podcast today. Jeff has been an inspiration to me, and helped me to call myself a writer. His new book, The In-Between is releasing today. I’m giving away two copies to listeners. To be entered to win, please leave a comment below.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How fear prevents us from doing things we are called to do
  • “Art is never finished. It’s abandoned.” Leonardo DaVinci
  • We can’t write for perfection. It doesn’t exist.
  • Tension is a good thing, but we can’t let it beat us and keep us from creating.
  • Look for sign posts along your journey. They are there!
  • The world needs you to ACT on your dreams.
  • What is enough for you?
  • “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

Jeff’s new book is titled The In-Between. Check it out!

You can follow Jeff here.

You can leave a review on iTunes here.

 

What stuck out to you in this episode? Share in the comments below.

Jen McDonough on What Can You Do? {Podcast Episode #07}

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Jen McDonough, aka The Iron Jen, joins me today on the podcast. Jen has an incredibly inspiring story. She is a full-time working mom to four awesome kids and a wife to one incredible husband. She went from being a couch potato to becoming an Ironman Triathlete. She and her husband have paid off over $182,000 worth of debt, and just had their Debt Free Scream on the Dave Ramsey Show. She has written three Amazon Top 100 books, and has achieved incredible successes in her life. But what she really wants to share with us is that if she can do it, YOU can do it to.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • You have a choice to become Bitter or Better
  • Asking “What can I do?” instead of “I can’t do that”
  • Focusing on planning for their kids’ future versus keeping them busy
  • Getting off your butt and moving
  • Not waiting for the perfect time. There isn’t one!
  • Surrounding yourself with greatness

Jen’s story inspires me. She is just like you or me, but she made a decision to become better. She has changed her life, and changed her family’s future. Whether you are working towards paying off debt, or trying to get healthier, or just make change in your life, I think you will be incredibly inspired by Jen.

You can find her on her blog at www.theironjen.com, where she writes about inspiring entrepreneurs and helping people live their passions. She also hosts a weekly radio show called the Iron Focus Academy, where she interviews platform building experts from around the country that are geared to help busy entrepreneurs grow their business.

I’d love to hear what inspired you most about Jen’s story. Share in the comments.

 

 

The Robert D on Living with Intensity and Purpose

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I had the opportunity to ask The Robert D. Smith about his thoughts on making a difference right where you are. I am excited to share the interview with you. I loved his book 20,000 Days, and his enthusiasm is contagious!

I’d love to give away a free copy of his book to one of my readers. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Enjoy this great advice from The Robert D!

 

Tammy: You have a contagious enthusiasm. Have you always been that way, or has it been something you’ve grown into?

Robert D: To an extent I’ve always been that way, but it’s also something I’m very intentional about doing. Most people will never get a standing ovation in their lifetime, no matter how outstanding they are at what they do. I aim to give people their own “standing ovation” on a daily basis.

 

Tammy: You challenge people to look at the world differently. Can you talk about how you help people understand that they matter?

Robert D: I’m going to defer to the author/speaker I’ve managed for over 30 years, Andy Andrews, for this question. He has a presentation about the “Butterfly Effect” that actually proves every single person’s life matters. Even after seeing it for years, it still amazes me every time! You can watch it on YouTube here.

 

Tammy:  In 20k Days, you talk about how you sat down and wrote emails to people who have meant something to you. Why do you think we often neglect to tell people how important they are to us?

Robert D: We neglect to tell people how important they truly are because it’s not a normal thing to do. It’s just not something you will often think about unless you intentionally make an effort to do so.

However, when you stay focused on the things that really matter throughout the day, when you live with intensity and purpose—an awareness of the things and people that matter tends to stay at the forefront of your thinking. If you live each day as if it’s your last, you will find yourself telling people how you really feel about them much more often.

 

Tammy: Living counter-culturally often has its challenges. Can you talk about challenges you’ve faced while living a more purposeful life?

Robert D: You have to make sacrifices. When your friends call on Saturday night, you can’t always go to the movie or the football game. Many people will not understand this. They will look at you funny. They will say you work too much. But when you’re working on something that really matters to you, and you know it is valuable to the rest of the world, you can’t help it!

 

Tammy: What would you say to someone who doesn’t feel like they can make a difference right where they are?

Robert D:  I would say they are probably missing sooooo many chances to make a difference on a daily basis because they have confused “making a difference” with “affecting millions of people.” The reality is that you do not have to be in front of audiences or on TV to make a difference. You don’t have to have a blog with 100,000 subscribers to make a difference. And if you’re waiting until you do have one of those things before you really start trying to make a difference, you’re going to waste so many opportunities you had to positively affect the people in your life right now.

 

Tammy: In the book, you say ” we do choose how we will live.” Many people think they don’t have a choice. What advice would you give them?

Robert D: I would say that, in many cases, they are correct! You DON’T get to choose where you’re born, you DON’T get to choose who your parents are, you DON’T get to choose what kind of home you grow up in, you DON’T get to choose your race, you DON’T get to choose how long you will live.

But despite all of that uncertainty, you really do get to choose HOW you will live. You choose whether to smile or frown. You choose how you treat other people and the impact you have on their lives. You choose every day to grow or stay the same. You may not control your circumstances, but you do control how you respond to them. And that is an empowering feeling.

 

Tammy:  Your message fits right in line with the message I continually try to encourage in others. You can make a difference right where you are. What do you think holds people back from believing that?

Robert D: Most people just don’t believe they’re capable of doing something great. They think they don’t have a “talent” when, most of the time, they really just haven’t figured out what that talent might be yet!

Finding out what your talent or what that one thing you’re meant to do is a process most people never go through. Shortly after I finished college, I read a book that said I should write down the things I would do if time and money weren’t a factor in order to find out what I should do for a living. So I made a list of things I really liked doing:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Traveling
  • Doing mailouts—at the time I was doing these frequently for a Sunday school class I was teaching
  • Staying at home

When I finished making the list I thought, This is ridiculous. What kind of job consists of talking on the phone, traveling, doing mailouts, and staying at home?

That’s exactly what I ended up doing when I became Andy Andrews’ manager. They were odd talents, but there was a place for them.

Schedule intense time right now to focus on the things you like doing and how you can translate them into value for others. That is how you can make an impact.

 

Thank you, Robert D! You are an inspiration, and have helped me learn to treasure each day, and make a difference right where I am.

What was your favorite part of the interview? Remember, I’m giving away a free copy of his book, so enter a comment to be eligible.

I am me, not you

I am me. I am not you.

I can learn from you, but I cannot be you.

I can be encouraged by you, but I will never be you.

In fact, I don’t want to be you.

I am learning how to truly be ME.

But sometimes I get twisted up into wanting to be you, or someone else. I foolishly think you seem to have it all figured out.

Maybe you do, but most likely you’ve just learned to be you.

Sometimes I allow this to escalate and make me feel like I don’t fit in anywhere.

I allow myself to feel small.

Why do I do this to myself?

I know I am me.

I know I have something to offer the world that only I can provide.

I know I am uniquely made.

There is only one me.

I will celebrate you.

I will encourage you.

I will help you and support you.

But I will not try to be you.

I will be me.

Will you join me and be fully YOU?

 

 

 

 

 

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