Podcast Publish Date: November 20, 2019 – Click here to listen

Summary: Building off the latest episode in the Equipping for Advancement series regarding learning and growing, Josiah provides a number of podcasts and books that he has recently found helpful in the continual growth process.

Main Points: 1) Growth is essential to avoid stagnancy. 2) Podcasts books can be good mediums in the growth process. 3) We should always be finding new ways to learn and grow.

Transcript: Are you growing? Are you becoming? Are you moving forward in your life by becoming a better version of what God has created you to be? We talked in another episode about stagnancy and a pond that is stagnant if you are not learning and growing and becoming, but we didn’t give you very many concrete things that you can start with to jump-start that growth process. So in today’s episode, I want to provide just a few examples or a few ideas for things that you can start to help you with that growth process. One of the things that I do on a regular basis is I listen to podcasts, because I can do it on the way to work or as I’m doing other menial tasks. One of them that I’ve listened to recently that’s a little bit more general in its knowledge is Science of Success with Matt Bodnar. Another one is The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish. Both of these podcasts involve people that have reached the top of their fields or have done very well and become successful in what they do. Matt and Shane interview these people and get wisdom and insight from them that we can then learn from by listening. Another one that I recently found is called Before Breakfast with Laura Vanderkam who also wrote the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. This podcast is focused on time management. I also listen to podcasts on real estate, education, leadership, teaching, music… One of the best podcasts that I’ve listened to just to enjoy, just to inspire myself musically, is From the Top put on by NPR (National Public Radio). It profiles young musicians 17 and under that have grown and learned and become some of the best in their instrument, so I would encourage you to consider adding that to your list of ways to learn and grow. Of course reading books is another way to learn and to grow. Some of the books that I’ve read recently that I’ve helped me to grow are The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson, Educated by Tara Westover, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss, Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger, Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor by Steve Corbett, Leadership and Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear. Those are just some of the most recent ones that I’ve read within the last six months or so–not to say that those are necessarily going to be books that you want to read–but you can go ahead, if any of those, any of those titles caught your interest. I will post links to those books on our show notes page as well as links to the podcast that I mentioned. Our show notes page can be found at MissioAcademy.org/podcast (I think that’s in our endnotes here), but if you go and you take a look at that, you can see a summary of this podcast as well as a transcript and the resources that I mentioned in here. But once again, I’m just going to encourage you to find ways to continually learn and grow and become so that you can be the idealized, actualized, perfect, essential self that God has designed you to be.

Resources:

Josiah’s Goodreads account (with a list of books he’s read over the last few years, including those mentioned in the podcast)

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