If you don’t know Jeff Goins, you should get to know him. He’s a great writer and thinker, and I have enjoyed learning from him over the years. I was honored to be a part of his recent podcast.
Listen in here:
From the interview and Jeff’s website:
In this episode, Eric and I discuss:
- What it feels like to find your calling
- A key element to discovering your life’s work many overlook
- The historic practice to determine what you were made to do
- How community plays a significant role in providing clarity
- The relationship between self-obsession and self-awareness
- Why pride is hyperbolic when we think of ourselves
- What viewpoint makes everything look like failure
- A mindset shift we can practice to create more opportunities
- Three ways to fail to set yourself up for success
- Why understanding a need comes first
- How to build something new while staying faithful to the old
- The counterintuitive method to finding your dream
- Which great leaders were willing to work with people who might let them down
Quotes and Takeaways
- “Our callings aren’t simply answered, but developed through trial and error.”
- “Self-obsession does not lead to self-awareness.”
- “We come to some sense of calling through the context of community.”
- “Everything looks like failure in the middle.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter
- “Too often we let circumstances dictate what decisions we make.”
- Serial starts can rob you of long-term success
- Volunteer where you want to work and hustle so hard they hire you.
- It’s okay to find an idea, chase it, and fail.
- “The reason we are born is to not give up.”
- “Fail early, fail often, and fail inexpensively.”
- If you want to get paid to do what you love you have to show the world that you’re worth it.
- From Erwin McManus:Pride is manifested in two ways:
- We think too highly of ourselves (arrogance).
- We think too lowly of ourselves (low self-esteem).
In both cases, we are thinking of ourselves.
- Serve someone else’s dream until you find yours.