Growth & Change


If Jesus Took a Personality Test, This Would Be His Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Imagine that Jesus had the chance to take a modern personality inventory. What would the results look like? It's a fascinating question. In fact, I always wondered what would be the personality of Jesus Christ? I mean, what was he really like as a son, neighbor, friend, and teacher? As Christmas is almost just around the corner, I am reminded of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, He's the reason for the season. The four Gospels show us a clear picture of how he acted and reacted in a number of different situations. As a MBTI aficio...

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What John Maxwell Taught Me About Building Relationships

In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses. The Bedrock Principle Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at ...

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10 Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

I believe every leader should have a platform. One of the best ways to build a compelling platform is blogging. I started my blogging five years ago and it has turned into a ministry to influence leaders. Blogging has became an integral part of living out my calling. I have now over 100,000+ visitors consistently reading my content on a monthly basis. This has created an incredible opportunity to not only serve but also coach others to build their platform. In Platform, Michael Hyatt offers ten idea starters for creating your next blog posts. If you're a a new time blogger ...

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How The World’s Top Relationship Builder Connects with People

Jeffrey Gitomer is a world-renowned connector. His book “Little Black Book of Connections” was a fun read. To see the full list of strategies for connecting, get a copy of his book here. It’ll be worth it! Gitomer breaks down simple strategies and steps on how to make connections in a better, more powerful way. The only thing is you have to implement them. 1. Be friendly first, and everything else falls into place. Friendly breeds likability and trust. People do business with people they like and people they trust. The twin of friendly is smiley. People who ...

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How to Get Free Books from Publishers [Includes a Simple Formula]

I'm an avid reader. I read about 60~70 books a year. Had I purchased every single book, it would cost me roughly around $1,300/ year. If I keep up with this pace for the next ten years, I'd spend a whopping $13,000. As a life-long learner, I find this investment thoroughly worthwhile. At the same time, I definitely don't mind reading books for free - especially if I'm directly or undirectly promoting the book. That just means, I can redirect that money on other self-development opportunities. Let me share with you a simple and proven template and formula I've used ...

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30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 ...

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5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.d...

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The Daily Questions Ritual that Helps You Become Better at Anything

Every morning, Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s number one executive coach, gets a call from the same women. She sits pretty quiet – she’s there to listen as Goldsmith reads off a list of 32 questions and she answers with either a yes or no or a number between 1 to 10. In the evening, Goldsmith pays an associate to call him and ask a series of questions that force him to recap whether he has been true to his behavioral goals through the day’s events. The beauty with this process is that it ensures accountability. Goldsmith says there’s one overarching ...

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One Simple Way to Build Better Professional Relationships

Remember the oft-quoted cliche? It’s not just what you know that makes a difference; it’s who you know. In business and life, relationship is everything. Sounds so pedestrian, but it's so true. I consider myself in the people business. My vision is to raise up a new breed of leaders who steward their calling to turn the world right side up. If I don't serve, connect, and network with people, everything I do is is vain. In Tommy Spaulding's It's Not Just Who You Know, the author categorizes relationships into five floors of a building and identifies key attributes ...

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What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup ...

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