“Episode #101: Q&A with Jeff Leake, Pastor of Allison Park Church”
by Doug Smith

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This Learning to Lead episode comes to you from our breakfast series. Our speaker was Jeff Leake, Pastor of Allison Park Church and Founder of Reach Northeast. We split our time with Jeff into two episodes of the podcast. In this episode, you will hear our Q&A session with Jeff. In episode #100 of the podcast, you can listen to our Jeff’s talk on finding joy in the journey.

Jeff Leake Q&A

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“Episode #100: Jeff Leake, Pastor of Allison Park Church, on Finding Joy in the Journey”
by Doug Smith

Sorry, listening to the audio on this website requires Flash support in your browser. You can try playing the MP3 file directly by clicking here.

This Learning to Lead episode comes to you from our breakfast series. Our speaker was Jeff Leake, Pastor of Allison Park Church and Founder of Reach Northeast. We split our time with Jeff into two episodes of the podcast. In this episode, you will hear Jeff’s talk on finding joy in the journey. In episode #101 of the podcast, you can listen to our Q&A session with Jeff.

Episode #100- Jeff Leake

For the show notes and ways to connect with Jeff, please visit L3Leadership.org/episode100.

Connect with L3 Leadership:

How You can help our Podcast: 

If this post helped you and you believe it could help others, please recommend it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, and the other social media sites listed below. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Leave a comment below! Thank you!

I would also encourage you to subscribe to this blog via RSS feed or e-mail! You can sign-up for e-mail by typing your e-mail address in the box on the left hand side of this site that says “E-mail updates”.

What to do if You Cannot Dream Big

In this post, you'll learn how to go from having small dreams to having big dreams for your life!

I recently wrote about letting yourself dream big by playing the “what if” game. At the end of the post, I said, “These are some of the big dreams in my heart. I hope that a few years down the road that these dreams seem small in comparison to the dreams I have then.” As I thought about that, I started to think about what my dreams were 10-15 years ago. I recognized very quickly that the dreams I had when I was 17 years old are completely different than the dreams I have now.

When I was 17, I didn’t have the ability to dream big. If you were to read my “what-if” list at that time in my life, it would look something like this:

  • What if one day, I could have a car that has electronic windows?
  • What if one day, I could actually get married and have a family?
  • What if I could get a job that would allow me to pay my bills?
  • What if I could actually finish college?

I did not have the ability to dream big. I had no goals. I had no ambition to do anything. I never though my life would amount to anything. All I cared about was having fun and partying.

After reflecting on this, I asked myself the question: What has enabled me to go from someone who had no dreams or goals to someone who has dreams of changing the world? I came up with two things:

you'll never know what you're capable of until you start pursuing Him. (more…)

What If?

When is the last time you played the what if game?

In my interview with Sean Ammirati, we talked about what Larry Page calls, “Moon shot thinking.” Moon shot thinking is simply taking your dreams and asking yourself how they could be 10x bigger!

Larry Page often encourages people to not just think, “How can our organization get 5-10% better this year?” He encourages people to think, “How can we get 10x better?”

In Sean’s book, he used the following quote by Larry: “ It turns out most people haven’t been educated in moon shot thinking.” In other words, most people dream way to small for their lives.  

When I asked Sean how he encourages people to dream bigger, he said, “It’s often not that much more work to shoot for something that much more significant than you are targeting.

If that is the case, then why don’t we allow ourselves to 10x dreams for our lives? When it comes down to it, I think we don’t dream big dreams because of fear.

  • We fear that if we shoot for something big, we’ll never accomplish it, and we’ll end up looking like a failure.
  • We fear what other people will think if we dream big and go for it.
  • We fear that our dreams are selfish and shallow.
  • Fill in your fear _________

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Reflections on the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Lessons Learned from the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon

Last Sunday, I completed my 2nd half-marathon while running for Light of Life Rescue Mission for the 4th year in a row. In today’s post, I want to share a few reflections and lessons learned from the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon!

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Running for Team Light of Life

For me, running for a charity is more fulfilling than the actual race. It gives you a reason to run that is beyond yourself! This year, we had an incredible team made up of 127 runners! They raised $133,000 for the Light of Life Rescue Mission! Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m so glad that a small group of 127 runners made such a significant impact for the homeless. (more…)