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The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week 9

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It’s week nine of the book-a-week challenge!

We’re getting smarter, growing our brains, and expanding our minds this year by reading at least one book every week.

Lisa and I issued the Book-a-Week 2015 Challenge, and it’s never too late to start!

Keep checking the blog for our weekly reads and short takeaways!

USAF Test Pilot Mark Jones, Jr. [YST Podcast Episode 038]

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Mark Jones, Jr. is a USAF test pilot, mathematician, publisher, writer, and entrepreneur.

In this episode, we learn how to navigate our way to success and fly through life.

Happiness: It’s Not Brain Surgery

Finding true happiness is harder than brain surgery. And I should know.

You might think that it’s hard to learn how to be a brain surgeon.

It is. I was in school without a break from the day I started Kindergarten at age five, until I finished my neurosurgery residency at age thirty-two.

That’s right: twenty-seven consecutive years of school.

That’s a long time, and some of it was difficult. But I have a secret to share with you:

Learning how to be truly happy is harder than brain surgery.

I’m not kidding.

Here’s why.

When There’s No Place to Hide [YST Podcast Episode 037]

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This is a tough episode. It was hard to record, hard to process. It’s got some tough stuff in it. It’s about war, peace, and the vastly complex and infinitely simple mystery of how to live in the latter while you’re going through the former.

Go back with me to August 2004.

The bombs were falling. Things were exploding. My life, at least my emotional life, was in danger.

And I hadn’t even left for the war yet.

If you’ve read my book, No Place to Hide, you’ve read my story already. My marriage was over. My brother had a stroke and almost died. My grandfather did die, weeks before I deployed to the war.

So I left for war in the midst of what felt like sustained mortar and rocket fire from the enemy: Life. I was caught in the open, facing hostile and friendly fire, and there were no bunkers in sight. I was certain that God had abandoned me, and that my life as I had known it was over.

When I got on the plane to fly into the war zone, it almost felt like a relief. Like it couldn’t really get any worse.

Of course, I was wrong about that.

The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week 8

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It’s week eight of the book-a-week challenge!  We’re getting smarter, growing our brains, and expanding our minds this year by reading at least one book every week. Lisa and I issued the Book-a-Week 2015 Challenge, and it’s never too late to start! Keep checking the blog for our weekly reads and short takeaways! The book-a-week challenge will help you improve your brain power, vocabulary, and memory. And it will reduce the amount of time you spend watching television, which most everyone needs to do. Reading leads to exploring new ideas, deeper conversations and richer relationships. Reading is the best way to become a better thinker, a better leader, and (if you’re reading the right stuff), a better person. Here’s what we’re reading this week: Lisa is reading Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. Lee is reading Only Spring: On Mourning the Death of my Son by Gordon Livingston, MD. Here’s what we […]

The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week 7

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It’s week seven of the book-a-week challenge!

We’re getting smarter, growing our brains, and expanding our minds this year by reading at least one book every week.

How to Love Someone

 Lisa D. Warren: My Valentine When I didn’t know how to love someone, she taught me. There was a moment, in my darkest hour, when I thought myself to be unlovable. The world seemed especially cold in those years. The war had stolen the sun from my days and commandeered the nights. I was hollow, and aside from my children’s ever-present love, I couldn’t feel anything. Then, one day, there she was. I think it must have been similar to when people first saw color photography. My eyes had for so long seen everything in blacks and whites and grays that her brightness, her vibrancy was almost overwhelming. I saw color. Felt warmth. Perhaps it was my heart beating again for something other than physiology. In the years since, she has given me a master class on the art of loving someone. It’s not a feeling. Rather, to really love someone […]

The Point of No Return: Obstacle vs. Goal [YST Podcast Episode 036]

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When we face great obstacles in our lives, we must cross the point of no return in our quest to overcome.

It’s been nagging you for a while now, hasn’t it?

I’m not calling you out, my friend. I’m talking to me too.

But there’s that thing, the thing we’re sure we’re supposed to change, to do, to quit, to start. That thing that your heart won’t shut up about.

A couple of episodes back, Irina Baranov talked about the moment, her YST moment, when she knew she was supposed to step out of her comfort zone and change her career.

Here’s the problem, though. There’s something holding us back, something blocking our path. An obstacle, a habit, a past pattern, a negative influence or a bad relationship. Fear, anxiety or plain-old indecisiveness.

Something’s keeping us stuck.

It’s time to break free, friend.

Before we can take our YST moment and really step into the life we’re designed to have, we have to break the chains.

We have to stop, to step out, to be free.

We’re drawing a line in the sand.

We’re crossing the Rubicon, and there’s no going back. We’ve reached the point of no return.

We’re starting today.

The Book-a-Week Challenge 2015: Week 6

It’s week six of the book-a-week challenge!  We’re getting smarter, growing our brains, and expanding our minds this year by reading at least one book every week. Lisa and I issued the Book-a-Week 2015 Challenge, and it’s never too late to start! Keep checking the blog for our weekly reads and short takeaways! The book-a-week challenge will help you improve your brain power, vocabulary, and memory. And it will reduce the amount of time you spend watching television, which most everyone needs to do. Reading leads to exploring new ideas, deeper conversations and richer relationships. Reading is the best way to become a better thinker, a better leader, and (if you’re reading the right stuff), a better person. Here’s what we’re reading this week. Week Six: Lisa is reading The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday and Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope […]

Making Fun of Work [YST Podcast Episode 035]

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Life is too short not to enjoy our labor. This episode is all about making fun of work.

This episode is all about work. Of course, this means different things depending on the season of life you’re in.

For some, it might mean a job. The old 9-to-5, punching a clock.

For others, it might be a house full of kids who depend on you for everything; from the time you open your eyes in the morning until long after they’re all tucked into bed, your work is to lay yourself down for others.

You might be retired, and now you’re spending your days not trying to earn money, but in pursuit of some other goal.

No matter what, how we spend our days determines much about our sense of importance, fulfillment, and satisfaction with ourselves and our lives. If we have a sense that what we do doesn’t matter, it’s easy to develop a fatalistic, “I’m not very important” viewpoint.

Today, we’re going to look at our labor, and try to develop a path to finding purpose and peace in our work no matter what stage of life we’re in, how we are compensated, or how much (or little) what we do is seen, appreciated, or acknowledged by others.