Friends, Enemies, and Allies: Know who’s with you

An Independence Day Lesson

We all have friends, enemies, and allies in our lives. It’s crucial to know who’s with you.

Whether you’re talking about war, fitness, health, business, whatever, these three types of relationships are critical to understand. Because knowing the various ways we interact with these different groups and what we can expect from them can be a matter of life or death- literally, financially, and emotionally.

If we want to become healthier, feel better, and be happier, we have to do it in the context of the other people in our lives.

When we try to Start Today, will the folks around us encourage and support us on our journey, or will they stand in the way, hold us back, or make it easier for us to stay where we are?

Fidel Rodriguez’s Incredible Journey [YST Podcast Episode 055]

From a dirt floor and dropping out to leading a world-wide revolution

In this episode of YST, you’ll meet Fidel Rodriguez of Fidel started his life on the dirt floor of his great-grandmother’s adobe hut in Mexico, and now he leads people all over the world into better lives.

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This Could Save Your Life [YST Podcast Episode 054]

Or, Promised Land Problems

I want to enjoy my life now, I want to make the best decisions I can make so I wind up where God intends me to be, and I don’t want to make all kinds of detours and missteps along the way.

I’m betting you want those things too.

Hang out with me for a few minutes, because this episode could save your life.

Happiness is All in Your Head [YST Podcast 053]

Or, How You Feel is Mostly Up to You

If you’re looking for happiness, this episode will help you find it. In this episode of the YST podcast, we learn the secret to being happy no matter what. Listen to learn my five self-brain surgery techniques to maximize your happiness.

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The Bestselling Book of All Time, with John Dickson [YST Podcast Episode 052]

Or, why the Bible sells better than Harry Potter (except in 2007)

The Bible is the bestselling book, by far, in the history of publishing.

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In fact, since the first printing press, no book has outsold the Bible in a year except one. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows outsold the Bible, but the Good Book regained its number one slot the next year.

In this conversation, Dr. John Dickson and I discuss the remarkable story of the Bible, its success as a publication and the reasons why everyone- regardless of your beliefs- should read the Bible at least once.

You Had One Job [YST Podcast Episode 051]

Or, How to Stop Being an Idiot

You have one life to live, one pass through this planet and one chance to live out the best version of everything God made you to be. And I’m here today to tell you that it’s time to get serious about trying to make the most of it.

Life’s hard; it’s harder than brain surgery, trust me. But you can learn to not just survive but thrive in life if you can only embrace one simple fact: you have one job.

That’s it. There’s only one thing you have to do in order to become healthier, feel better, and be happier in your life, your relationships, your business, everything.

You have one job.

And today I’m going to help you learn to get serious about it.

Rangers Lead the Way (Memorial Day Special 2015) [YST Podcast Episode 050]

Guests: Erick Poston of Oakley Corporation and U.S. Army Rangers Marty Skovlund, Bryce Dryden, and Jeff Struecker

This Memorial Day, we honor the U.S. Army Rangers.


Since 9/11, The 75th Ranger Regiment has lost at least sixty-four Rangers in combat, and at least 672 have been wounded. The Rangers have been awarded one Medal of Honor, one Distinguished Service Cross, forty-nine Silver Stars, over three hundred Bronze Start Medals for Valor, and over six hundred Purple Hearts (source: Violence of Action, by Marty Skovlund, Jr.).

It’s easy to be so overwhelmed with those numbers that you lose the impact of each of them individually. And so this year, I want to make Memorial Day more personal by asking you to remember one specific young man who died in Afghanistan on October 6, 2013, when his unit was led into an ambush.

Flanders Fields, Red Poppies, and My Memorial Day

On a field in Belgium in 1915, over the course of multiple engagements, more than 100,000 soldiers from at least six countries fell.

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One of those men was Alexis Helmer, and his friend was LtCol John McRae of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. McRae buried his friend, and noted the quick growth of red poppies around the fresh graves of his brothers-in-arms.

This experience inspired McRae’s poem, In Flanders Fields. And since then, the red poppy has come to symbolize the fallen in war. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States uses the red poppy as its symbol, a reminder for us all to never forget the blood that has been shed on our behalf to protect our freedom.

The Greatest News Ever, with Max Lucado [YST Podcast Episode 049]

In all of human history, only one story ranks as the greatest news ever.

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I had a chance to talk with NYT bestselling author Max Lucado the other day. I invited Max onto the YST podcast because I wanted to hear his answer to a question my friend asked me: “Why do you believe that the only way to heaven is through Jesus?”

I’ve known Max for over ten years. He was my pastor in San Antonio, and has been friends with my wife and her family for many years. I knew Max would have a solid answer to my friend’s question, but I have to admit that he surprised me in this interview.

I expected to talk with Max about his writing career, hear about his most recent book, and then get into my question. But he just can’t help himself from talking about the thing that excites him the most.