Success Road

I had a question submitted by The Iron Jen: "What drives him each day to be his best and how does he get through tough times?"

From 48 Days:

  • You talk about the fact that God has uniquely gifted you in:

1.       Skills and abilities

2.       Personality traits

3.       Values, dreams, and passions

  • The difference between vocation, career, and a job
  • Having a balance in all areas (7 parts of the Wheel of Life)
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs vs. Dan's Hierarchy of World-changers


Dan, your podcast has made a huge difference in my life over the past year and a half! My question is, I'm trying to work on thinking more creatively. What activities or exercises do you use to develop and maintain the ability to think creatively? – Mark Sieverkropp


"Wisdom Meets Passion" book : WOW! Brilliant concept, Excellent execution, & Super insightful. Thank you and Jared for this book! What advice do you have for fathers who desire this kind of relationship with their future adult sons? How do fathers nurture and encourage individualism, freedom, and confidence as their children develop? – Jeremy Carver

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Benefits of taking action now:

  • Get Things Done
  • Stop Procrastination
  • Lower Your Stress
  • More Free Time
  • Better Accomplishments
  • Save Time & Money
  • Make Your Life Easier
  • Keeps You Alert & On Top Of Things
  • Overcome Daily Obstacles & Challenges
  • Make Yourself A More Valuable Worker

  • Opportunities


How to take action:

  • Stay Positive
  • Having The Right Attitude
  • Get Self-Motivated
  • Stop Procrastinating
  • Set Goals
  • Get Started / Take The First Step
  • Be Optimistic
  • Do Things Others Don’t Want To
  • Be Up For Challenges & Obstacles
  • Work Smart Not Hard


Action items:

  • Leave a comment about how taking action now can help you or something that helps you to take action
  • Leave a question for Dan Miller. I'll be interviewing him on Thursday, April 25, discussing doing work you love. Mostly based on his book “48 Days to the Work You Love” but also his new book “Wisdom Meets Passion”

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This is the 9th episode of the Quality Living Made Simple podcast. I’m still preparing for the EntreLeadership 1-Day Event, so I asked Kent Sanders to help share some things about getting started with using Evernote.

Kent shared a couple things about himself:

  • Turn 39 this year!  Wow, time goes by fast!
  • Married to Melanie for 17 years this June.  Our son Ben just turned 9.
  • My background is pastoral ministry – now teach at SLCC; been there since 2004.  Main areas of teaching are music, worship, guitar, arts – also direct Chapel services and our worship leadership program.

Here’s how you can connect with him:

  • Twitter: @kentsanders
  • Podcast: The Artist’s Suitcase
  • Youtube: username is kentsanders – see Evernote tutorials

Interview topics:

·         What exactly in Evernote?

·         How do you get information and content into Evernote?

·         How do you use Evernote in your daily life?

·         How do you find your stuff in Evernote once it’s in there?

·         Any other tidbits about Evernote?

Upcoming interview: I will have the privilege to interview Dan Miller on April 25, author of the 48 Days to the Work You Love, Wisdom Meets Passion, and other books. He is also the host of the 48 Days Podcast. Do you have any questions for him?

Questions: Do you have any tips about Evernote? Do you have any other tools or systems to help keep track of things?

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My name is Joshua Rivers, and this is the eighth episode, and we’ve been able to have some incredible episodes so far. I am so excited about the possibilities in the future as well.

Last week, I was able to speak with Chris LoCurto about preparing to attend an event or conference. He has worked with Dave Ramsey’s team for over 12 years, and has put together and spoken at dozens, or even hundreds of events. He shared some fantastic advice. I have shared a few other resources to help prepare for events. I also promised a list of action items that I planned on sharing just on the blog last week, but I decided to share them on the podcast as well. I’ll share them in just a minute.


Nothing Undone Lessons:

First, I’ll be doing a little recap and then I’ll be sharing some things about reaching for our potential. This is part of the little series I started in the first episode based out of Joshua 11:15, where it says about Joshua that “he left nothing undone.” I shared some things about priorities, purpose, principles, and preparation. Some of these were directly related to this series, some were just part of the discussions and interviews.

1. Priorities:

·                     Life is too short to do everything you’re supposed to do.

·                     That means something must be left undone.

·                     Most of us leave the important things undone and do the less important things.

·                     The reason for that is, big things never clamor for you time.

·                     So the important things must be done on purpose.


1.                   God comes first (Matt. 6:33)

2.                   Family (Eph. 5:21 - 6:4)

3.                   Church (Heb. 10:25)

4.                   Work (Gen. 3:17-19; 2 Thes. 3:12)

5.                   Others (Gal. 6:10; 1 John 3:16-19)

6.                   Self (2 John 8; Rom. 14:12)

2. Purpose:

1.                   Quote by John Maxwell in “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”:

·         “People say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. I want to encourage you to seek what you were put on this earth to do. Then pursue it with all your effort.”

2.                   Purpose answers the question "Why?"

3.                   Purpose gives us reason.

4.                   Your purpose needs to be bigger than yourself.

5.                   Joshua's purpose was bigger than himself

6.                   God has a purpose and plan for each of us

7.                   If we don't fulfill our purpose, God may find someone else (Esther 4:14)

3. Personal Accountability:

1.                   We must take responsibility for ourselves

2.                   We need to start asking better questions

3.                   Avoid blame, procrastination, and victim thinking

4.                   Focus on taking action

4. Principles (Core Values):

5.                   We need to have a set of principles or values that we live by.

6.                   These are more that preferences.

7.                   These are things that we don’t negotiate on.

5. Preparation:

1.                   Know why – have a purpose

2.                   Take notes

3.                   Network by giving, not taking

4.                   Study

6. This week, I’d like to talk a minute about potential:

1.                   Our potential is always bigger than we are now

2.                   We should be striving to reach our potential

3.                   Not reaching for our potential is a waste

4.                   We have more potential than we think – God has plans for us (purpose)

a.       Share story of my stuttering and speech therapy

b.      I still need to work on my “ums” and “ahs”

c.       I normally try to edit a lot of them out because they tend to distract from the content, but I didn’t edit them on this episode on purpose for two reasons:

1)      So that my progress can be seen

2)      So that I don’t rely on the crutch of editing – higher accountability

I’m thinking about taking these lessons, adding to them, and then making it into an e-book. If that is something that you would be interested in, please leave me some feedback.


Action Items for EntreLeadership

  1. Pray:
    1. God’s wisdom
    2. Help with interacting with people – goes against my nature (introvert)
    3. To pay attention so I can learn as much as I can
  2. Identify my purpose for attending
  3. Ask others for advice
  4. Ordered business cards and other products with logos
  5. Go through the EntreLeadership book – already read, so just doing a quick scan and listening to audiobook
  6. Make sure my Social media profiles and About page are up-to-date
  7. Post something awesome on my blog – ALWAYS! J
    • Also working on improving my Dev By JR site
  1. Start making connections with attendees
    1. Sent some tweets to Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Chris Hogan, and @EntreLeadership
    2. Sent some tweets and post on LinkedIn trying to find others attending – no success yet
    3. Going to do some more as the time gets closer
    4. Set up Facebook group to share ideas and resources
  2. When I go to help, plan on working!
  3. Get to the event as early as possible – waiting at the doors when it opens



Podcast Episodes:

1. Introduction to me and the show

2. Thank You Revolution with Matt McWilliams

3. Purpose with Mark Sieverkropp

4. Parenting the QBQ Way with John Miller

5. Growing Up with QBQ with Kristin Lindeen

6. Core Values with Dave Stachowiak

7. Preparing for Events with Chris LoCurto


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4.       If you’d like to connect on Twitter, I am @JoshuaWRivers.

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I am personally preparing to attend the EntreLeadership 1-day event in Olahoma City on April 19th. I am searching and sharing ways to prepare for such an event. I have some advice that's been given so far, plus an interview with Chris LoCurto, who has helped put on dozens if not hundreds of events himself.

Lily’s advice:

1.       Stock up on business cards

2.       Update your online profiles

3.       Post something awesome on your blog

4.       Start connecting with attendees on social media and promote the event before, during, and after


Kelly’s advice:

1.       Pray – throughout the days and weeks before attending

2.       Do read the EntreLeadership book before attending

3.       Be very intentional in preparation before the event

4.       Meet and keep in touch with other attendees

Listen to the episode to hear Chris' advice!

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