Jeff Goins on Finding Your Calling and the Art of Work [Ray Edwards Show Episode #155]

Does this sound like you? You hear people talk about “finding their passion” and “discovering your calling”, but you don’t seem to be able to find yours.  You want to do work that matters, and enjoy the process – but you don’t know how. The secret, as suggested by Jeff Goins in his new book The Art of Work is to find the intersection between what you care about and the needs of the world. (And, by the way, you can get a free copy of The Art of Work for a limited time here.)

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Today’s podcast is a conversation with Jeff Goins, and we dig deeply into these matters, and we talk about how you can abandon the status quo and live a life that matters.

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Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth’s New Book, “The Day I Met Jesus” [Interview]

Frank Viola is a dear friend who also happens to be one of my favorite Christian authors. His book God’s Favorite Place on Earth (2013) remains one of the most impactful books I have ever read. Today’s post is an interview with Frank & Mary DeMuth on their new book, The Day I Met Jesus.

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Why did you write this book?

Frank: Back in 2007, I got an idea to create a new genre of Christian literature. I call that genre “biblical narrative.”

The new genre would contain autobiographical fiction closely based on the Scriptural narratives and faithful to first-century history. It would also contain a nonfiction section that practically applies the narratives to our lives. Finally, it would include a discussion guide so that readers could better digest and apply the content.TheDayIMetJesus

God’s Favorite Place on Earth (2013) was my first book in this genre. In it, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His hometown Bethany and all the amazing things that took place there.

The Day I Met Jesus (2015) is the second book in this genre. I wanted it to tell the story of five women whom Jesus encountered, allowing each woman tell their own story. I also wanted to draw out practical lessons and critical insights from each narrative.

Because I’m not a woman, I couldn’t do justice to the stories on my own, so I asked the top female Christian fiction writer of our time — Mary DeMuth — to coauthor it with me.

Mary: I wrote it because I love stories, and I felt that some of these encounters with Jesus didn’t get the air time they deserved. By doing careful research and weaving more of a story arc into the five women’s encounter, I hope to show people that the “characters” of the New Testament are actual, breathing people with stress and dysfunction and hopes just like us. Frank pioneered the idea of this book, so all credit goes to him for imagining it. I’m grateful he asked me to be a part.

Tell us the story of how you two came to coauthor it…

Brian Holmes: How to Navigate Big Life Transitions [Ray Edwards Show Episode #154]

The time comes for all of us when we have to make big life transitions. In fact, it comes many times over the years… going off to college, getting married, starting a family, starting a business or new job. And there are other big transitions, too, the ones we don’t enjoy so much.

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These can include serious illness, broken marriages, the death of a loved one – and many more unpleasant challenges we’d rather not face. In today’s episode, I share surprising conversation with Brian Holmes about how to navigate these times of transition – the good ones and the not-so-good ones, too.

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Kimanzi Constable: How to Get Featured on Big Sites Like Huffington Post [Ray Edwards Show Episode #153]

I think we can all agree, if you get your writing published on Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, or Entrepreneur.com, that would probably be a good thing, yes? It turns out it may not be all that hard to do…

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In today’s episode, I interview the Amazing Kimanzi Constable, and that’s just one of the many fascinating lessons you will learn.

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#152: 10 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do [Podcast]

Study entrepreneurs, and you’ll find some great behaviors to emulate. Just as useful: study the things they don’t do!

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In today’s episode, I’ll share 10 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Don’t Do.

Other Reasons To Keep Listening

  • How to learn a language for free.
  • No, God is not punishing you for some sin!
  • How to get a great design for your website – a conversation with my designer.

That’s all coming up in today’s episode…

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#151: Donald Miller Gets Scary Close [Podcast]

Donald Miller is one of the most influential Christian writers of our day. His books evoke strong reactions, and for many they strike a chord like no work before.

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His new book, Scary Close, is available today, and in this interview we discuss how he came to write it, and why the message of this book is so important.

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#150: How To Create An Iconic Personal Brand [Podcast]

Now that you are marketing your products and services online, you have instant global reach. But there’s one problem: your marketing now stands shoulder to shoulder with Coke, Ford, the NFL, Oprah, and every other major brand that’s online. How do you compete?

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In this session I’m sharing a conversation with Marshall Wayne, who is breaking new ground for Platform-Builders and Solo Pros… using something I like to think of as “Cinematic Marketing”. And the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Other Reasons To Keep Listening

  • You’ll discover the new alarm clock app I’m using on my iPhone that improves my sleep and increase my energy level upon awakening.
  • How you can be free of guilt and shame.
  • I’ll share how you can get your own show promoted on this podcast!

That’s all coming up in today’s episode…

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#149: A Conversation With Michael Stelzner, Founder of Social Media Examiner [Podcast]

How do you start a company with just an idea, a few volunteers, and no budget… and in less than 5 years have a web media property with 15 million readers? That’s what Michael Stelzner did with Social Media Examiner, and in today’s episode we’ll share a conversation with Michael about how he did it. And how you could, too!

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In this conversation, we’ll discover together:

  • Why the smartest promotional strategy might be not promoting.
  • The best way to differentiate yourself from your competitors.
  • Michael’s method for launching new projects and products.
  • And his personal Social Media Marketing strategy.
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Who Told You?

“You can’t have a successful business and a balanced life. You have to choose.”

“You’re not pretty enough.”

“Life is not Disneyland. You can’t have fun all the time.”

“You’re not smart enough.”

“Work is not supposed to be fun.”

“You’re too sick.”

“You’re just a sinner in the hands of an angry God.”

“The only way to make a fortune is by working hard.”

“You’re too young.”

“Sometimes bad things happen and you just can’t find any good in it. It doesn’t mean anything. It is what it is.”

“God doesn’t want you to be rich.”

“You’re too old.”

“You can’t trust anyone.”

“You’re ugly.”

“You’re fat.”

“You’re lazy.”

“Your best days are behind you.”

…and feel free insert your go-to limiting belief here, if I’ve missed it.

Question: who told you this junk?

Seriously.

Who told you?

And why are you still listening to them?

#148: 10 Fresh New Podcasts You Should Check Out [Podcast]

I listen to lots of podcasts. And while I have a few core podcasts I don’t ever miss, I am constantly trying new shows out, looking for fresh voices I can put into my listening rotation.

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In today’s episode, I’ll share my listening strategy: how I selected my “A” shows, which I never miss, how I select my “B” shows, which I selectively listen to, and how I decide what new shows to sample. And of course I will give you my list of 10 fresh new shows you should check out.

Other Reasons To Keep Listening

  • A book you can read this afternoon that will boost the success you enjoy starting tonight.
  • What to do about being disappointed with God.
  • How you can get promoted on my show, and get exposure for your website.

That’s all coming up in today’s episode…

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