Doug Smith LiveDoug Smith Live http://dougsmithlive.com Grow. Lead. Live. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Episode #59: Dave Profozich – Managing Yourself and Others http://dougsmithlive.com/episode59/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode59/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=11848 This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. He taught us how to manage ourselves and manage others. It’s an excellent lesson. Dave’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I have also interviewed him in the past for this podcast. You can listen […]

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This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. He taught us how to manage ourselves and manage others. It’s an excellent lesson.

Dave’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I have also interviewed him in the past for this podcast. You can listen to that interview here:

To listen to other interviews, go to our Learning to Lead podcast page. To learn more about what we’re doing through Learning to Lead, sign-up for our e-mail newsletter here.

Our next leadership breakfast is on Saturday, May 16th with Pittsburgh Promise, Executive Director, Saleem Ghubril. Learn more and register for this breakfast here.

Episode #59: Dave Profozich

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Dave’s Bio:

With more than 27 years experience leading global sales, marketing, and professional services organizations in the software industry, Dave Profozich now leads Oracle’s Security, Data Integration, WebCenter, and Cloud Management software businesses across the US and Canada. Prior to the Oracle/Sun merger, Mr. Profozich was responsible for leading all field operations (sales, presales, expert services, and alliances) for Sun’s entire North American software business.

Before joining Sun, Mr. Profozich was instrumental in spearheading the extreme growth of an established tech company from $100M to greater than $1B in revenues in only three years and also led the successful creation and growth of two startup organizations addressing enterprise applications.

At Rearden Commerce, a leading provider of a “services on demand” web services‒based SOA platform, Mr. Profozich served as Vice President of Global Field Operations. During his tenure with this San Mateo‒based startup, he helped raise substantial venture funding, signed many charter clients, and helped Rearden gain prominence in the market.

At the leading supply chain optimization provider, i2, Mr. Profozich was Senior Vice President of High Tech and Telecom, where he was responsible for managing the overall P&L for the company’s largest business unit and revenue source.

Prior to i2, Mr. Profozich served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Systems Modeling, a privately held firm that was acquired by Rockwell Software in 1998. In this capacity, he was responsible for building a national sales force and managing international marketing through global distributors.

Mr. Profozich earned a BA in communications from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Joseph Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the book Managing Change with Business Process Simulation (Prentice Hall, 1998), on business process modeling as a method to enable change management in corporations.

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Episode #58: Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com http://dougsmithlive.com/episode58/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode58/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:57:35 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=11491 In this episode, I interviewed Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com. Jason has an incredible story. He grew up in an orphanage and attended Milton Hershey School.  He graduated high school with a suit case of clothes and $100. He ended up bring in a horrific car accident and had to get two major spine surgeries. After […]

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In this episode, I interviewed Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com. Jason has an incredible story. He grew up in an orphanage and attended Milton Hershey School.  He graduated high school with a suit case of clothes and $100. He ended up bring in a horrific car accident and had to get two major spine surgeries. After the surgeries, Jason started to teach himself how to code and started his first online company, mycoupons.com. In the interview Jason will share how he went from there to where he is now with 95+ employees and well over $100 million in annual sales. He also shares the leadership lessons he learned along the way.

You can find the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, ways to connect with Jason below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!

To listen to other interviews, go to our Learning to Lead podcast page. To learn more about what we’re doing through Learning to Lead, sign-up for our e-mail newsletter here. To learn about and register for upcoming events, go to our Learning to Lead events page.

Episode #58: Jason Wolfe

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 Connect with Jason:

Jason Wolfe is an online visionary, entrepreneur, and businessman. Jason created MyCoupons.com in 1995, the first online coupon site. In 1997, he started DirectLeads.com, one of the first online lead generation networks. In 1999, he developed DirectCertificates.com, now called GiftCards.com, as a leading online gift card service. In 2002, Jason launched DirectTrack.com which became the world’s #1 affiliate tracking and ad serving system. In 2003, he introduced KeywordMax.com, which became one of the world leaders in keyword bid management. In 2004, his company created and patented the Cross Publication and Network model.

Jason was able to raise venture capital from Jupiter Media (NASDAQ: JUPM) in 1999, and an expansion investment from the State of North Dakota in 2002. He successfully sold MyCoupons.com to Valassis (NASDAQ: VCI) in 2000 and sold Direct Response Technologies to Digital River (NASDAQ: DRIV) in 2006.

Jason owns Wolfe.com, LLC as his holding firm that owns in whole, or in part, 7 ventures at various stages. MyCoupons.com (estb 1995), GiftCards.com (estb 1999), Swapagift.com (estb 2003), Jambo Media (estb 2006), OmniPrepaid (estb 2007), GiftCodes.com (estb 2009), and WRL.com (estb 2010). All businesses are profitable and growing. Jason attends and supports Orchard Hill Church of Wexford, PA. Jason has a son, Morris James Wolfe, and they live in Sewickley, PA.

Questions:

  • Could you share your story with us? It’s an incredible story!
  • From the ages of 10 to 18 you were in an orphanage that was founded by Milton Hershey that was a private school for the economically poor? How did that experience shape your life?
  • You’ve had some high highs and some low lows in your life. In one interview you said, “I think when things fall apart, it creates great opportunities.” Can you talk about that? How come you see things falling apart as an opportunities and others see it as the end of their life?
  • You started the You Gift We Gift campaign for a very specific reason. Can you share the story the caused you to start it and why it impacted you so much as a 7 year old. What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?  
  • You give back to your community a lot. What goals do you have around giving?
  • In listening to your story, it seems that you’ve always emerged as a leader and had great work ethic. Where did you learn those things?
  • In one video, your coach said that you’ve learned that nothing happens automatically. You saw an opportunity with the Internet and bought a book and taught yourself how to code. Can you talk about the importance of initiative in pursuing our dreams? We really do live in a world where we can learn how to do pretty much anything we’d like to do.
  • You’ve had moments in your life when you’ve had nothing and you’ve had moments when you’ve had plenty – What have you learned about money? What advice would you give to young leaders in their pursuit of money.
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
  • Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • You love to travel, what has travel taught you?
  • Can you talk about the process of taking an idea for a business and making it happen?
  • What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business?
  • What has been the most challenging thing in starting and running your own business?
  • What have you learned about leadership from your experience starting and running your companies?
  • I recently read a book called the Hard Things about the Hard Things, as CEO and Founder, you’ve had to make some tough decisions. What are the hardest parts of leading at the level you’re at?
  • What have you learned about building a team?
  • How do your companies stay on the cutting edge of technology and creativity in a culture where both seem to move so quickly?
  • What’s next for Giftcards.com – What’s the future of gift cards (if you’re allowed to tell us)?
  • How can people get connected with and help Giftcards.com?
  • Out of everything you’ve accomplished in your life, what are you most proud of?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Any last pieces of advice for young leaders?

Key Takeaways: 

  • Out of catastrophe comes opportunity
  • Persistence is extremely important… the ability to not quit
  • If you want to be an entrepreneur, prepare to sacrifice a large portion of your life.

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Dollar for Dollar Marathon Match up to $5,000! http://dougsmithlive.com/dollarfordollarmarathonmatch/ http://dougsmithlive.com/dollarfordollarmarathonmatch/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:47:28 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=10939 Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you had a great day celebrating what Christ has done for you yesterday! We are less than 30 days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon for Light of Life! I have some very exciting news to share with you! A generous donor has offered to match every donation I get for […]

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Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you had a great day celebrating what Christ has done for you yesterday! We are less than 30 days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon for Light of Life!

I have some very exciting news to share with you! A generous donor has offered to match every donation I get for the marathon from now on up to $5,000! That means that your donation will instantly double! 

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To date, I’ve raised $5,659. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

My new goal is $10,659. If I get there, with the match, I will have raised $15,659 for Light of Life!

Will you help me get there by making a donation? You can donate online here: https://www.crowdrise.com/lightoflifepittsburgh2015/fundraiser/dougsmithlive
If you prefer to send a check, make it out to Light of Life, memo: Doug Smith Marathon, to PO Box 6823, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
Light of Life Overview + Graduate Testimony
This is a video that my church put together that will show you an overview of what we do at Light of Life along with a testimony of one of our graduates. If you’re unfamiliar with Light of Life, please take a few minutes and watch this!

Change Our Region, Change Our World 2 – 03/22/15 from Victory Family Church on Vimeo.

Easter at Light of Life
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Last Thursday, we celebrated Easter with the men, women, and children in our programs. They all shared what God did in their lives at recent spiritual retreats. It is incredible to hear how God is transforming their lives.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore anyone who belongs to Christ has become a brand new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

That is the hope we provide at Light of Life. Regardless of what is in their past, in Christ, they can have a brand new start and a brand new end. I’m honored to work and run for an organization that gives the Hope of Christ to those in need on a daily basis!
Thank you for your support. It matters!
Doug

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April’s Learning to Lead Events http://dougsmithlive.com/aprils-learning-lead-events/ http://dougsmithlive.com/aprils-learning-lead-events/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:30:19 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=10021 I could not be more excited about the two events we have coming up in April! I can’t encourage you enough to register for these and make the commitment to attend them. These events are for leaders of all ages. Whether you are 15 or 65, we would love for you to attend. here is […]

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I could not be more excited about the two events we have coming up in April! I can’t encourage you enough to register for these and make the commitment to attend them. These events are for leaders of all ages. Whether you are 15 or 65, we would love for you to attend. here is what you need to know:

April’s Leadership Breakfast with Oracle VP, Dave Profozich

Our next leadership event is on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 a.m. at North Way Christian Church’s Wexford Campus. Our speaker will be Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. I’ve known Dave for three years. He is an incredible leader. You will not want to miss this!  Register for this event here
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 An Evening with Reid Carpenter

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 In April, we are partnering with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation to host a night with Reid Carpenter. Reid is one of my heroes! In the 1960’s he and a few others were praying over the city of Pittsburgh on Mt. Washington. God spoke to their hearts that one day our city would be more famous for God then it was for steel. Reid committed the rest of his life to that vision.

On Wednesday, April 22nd, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Reid is going to share that experience and vision with us. He is going to tell us how his generation took that vision and ran with it and he is going to challenge us to do the same thing.

We will most likely be tailgating and going to a Pirate game after Reid’s talk.

This event is limited to the first 100 people who register. Register for this event here. 

Have a great day!

Doug & Laura

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Episode #57: Mike Steidel Learn | Lead | Launch http://dougsmithlive.com/episode57/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode57/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:41:32 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9908 This episode comes from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, Mike Steidel. Mike’s lesson was called “Learn, Launch, Lead”. It was one of the best lessons I’ve heard on leadership in a while. Mike’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I’ve also interviewed Mike in […]

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This episode comes from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, Mike Steidel. Mike’s lesson was called “Learn, Launch, Lead”. It was one of the best lessons I’ve heard on leadership in a while.

Mike’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I’ve also interviewed Mike in the past for my podcast. You can listen to those interviews here:

To listen to other interviews, go to our Learning to Lead podcast page. To learn more about what we’re doing through Learning to Lead, sign-up for our e-mail newsletter here.

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Connect with Mike:

E-mail: ms44@andrew.cmu.edu

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-steidel/38/2a7/994/en

Mike’s Bio:

Mike began his admissions career as a tour guide in 1974. Today he is the director of admissions at Carnegie Mellon where he also received a B.S. in Chemistry and Administration and Management Science.

Currently Mike is a member of the Overseas Association of College Admission Counselors (PACAC) strategic planning committee and was recently elected to a three year term on the board of the Common Application. In 1994 he became president of the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School and College Admission Counselors (PASSCAC) after his accomplishments as membership chair for 4 years. He’s served on the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)Committee for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and as chair of the ECIS Americas Committee. Mike has been a member at large of Educational Technology Services (ETS) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Policy Council, and acted as co-chair of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) National Task Force on Technology in Admission and Counseling for three years.

In addition to presenting frequently at PACAC, NACAC, College Board, ECIS, CIS and CASE conferences, Mike continues to serve on numerous university committees. He regularly serves as a reader for the ETS College Scholarship Service and as a consultant for college and university admission operations.

He is a international traveler and a whitewater rafting enthusiast

Notes:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that iswhy I succeed.” Michael Jordan

Learn: Leadership doesn’t Just Happen, You _________________ __________ ___________________

Elements of Leadership Preparation

1.)     ____________________________________

2.)     ___________________________________

3.)     __________________________________________________

4.)     _______________________________________

Launch: Success is where ____________________   and ___________________________ meet

1.)     _________________________

2.)     _________________________

3.)     _________________________

4.)     _________________________

5.)     _________________________

Lead: What will your _________________________ be?

Keys to Successful Leadership:

1.)     Effective Leaders develop an _______________

2.)     Effective leaders give away ________________________ and __________________________, but hold tightly to the _______________.

3.)     Effective leaders are ____________________, __________________, __________________, _____________________

4.)     Leadership without _________________________ is an accident that will eventually happen

5.)     Effective leaders live the ___________________ ____________________________

a.      _____________________  ____________________ _________________________

Answers: (learn to lead, experience, failure, challenge and testing, mentorship, preparation ,opportunity, character, chemistry, competence, culture, calling, impact, inner circle, power, responsibility, connected, submitted, accessible, transparent, accountability, improvement cycle, planning, execution, assessment)

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Grey Hair http://dougsmithlive.com/grey-hair/ http://dougsmithlive.com/grey-hair/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:26:59 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9902 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. -Proverbs 16:31 My Pastor often says, “The problem with our generation is that all of our mentors are 30 seconds older than us!” He then encourages us to get around and be mentored by people who have grey hair! People […]

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Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. -Proverbs 16:31

My Pastor often says, “The problem with our generation is that all of our mentors are 30 seconds older than us!” He then encourages us to get around and be mentored by people who have grey hair! People that have experience. People who can tell you all the mistakes they made and help you not make the same ones.

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I’ve been doing my best to get around wise people since I was a teenager. When I was 17, I was interning at my church and my mentor would bring successful men and women with “grey hair” in to come speak to us. He then encouraged us to take them out to coffee and ask them questions so we could learn from them.

I took that advice and started taking out people with “grey hair” and asking them as many questions about life as I could. It’s been one of the most beneficial practices in my life.

In fact, those meetings eventually turned into my Learning to Lead podcast. If you are interested in my process for meeting with mentors, listen to this podcast I recorded on the topic: “Making the Most of Mentoring.”

I would really encourage you to find people who are much further ahead of you in the following areas and ask them to mentor you:

  • Your spiritual life
  • Ministry
  • Finances
  • Marriage
  • Relationships
  • Work – Career – Leadership
  • Physical Fitness
  • Emotional Health

It’s fine to get around people who are your age or a little bit older and learn from them. However, my hope and prayer for you is that you’ll find people much further ahead of you (with some grey hair) in all of the areas I listed above to learn from. They will help you go further, faster in every area of your life.

Questions: 

  • Do you currently have people mentoring you in all of these areas?
  • Look at the people you let speak into your life, how many of them are much further ahead of you in their journey? If there aren’t many, I encourage you to become intentional about finding some!

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Episode #56: Dr. Jim Withers, The Homeless Doctor http://dougsmithlive.com/episode56/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode56/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:16:01 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9892 In this podcast, I interview Dr. Jim Withers, Founder of Operation Safety Net. In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under […]

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In this podcast, I interview Dr. Jim Withers, Founder of Operation Safety Net. In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born. Today, Operation Safety Net is recognized as one of nation’s first, targeted, full-time street medicine programs. It continues to set the standard for this unique form of health care.

The people they serve have taught them how to best address their needs in the context of their real lives. By developing trust and fostering deep, personal connection with the individuals we serve, we are able to partner with them to find solutions.

This interview will give you a sense of how you can truly make a difference in the lives of those in need. You can find the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, ways to connect with Jim below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life. Enjoy.

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Dr. Jim’s Bio:

In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers set out single-handedly to deliver care to street people in Pittsburgh. He started by doing his homework – clocking hours in the library, reading how to best gain entry to the world of the homeless – before suiting up one night in tattered clothes. “I was rubbing dirt in my hair,” he says. “My kids thought I was crazy.”

But street folks embraced him, Withers says, and he them. “I found great professors of medicine – and life – in alleyways and abandoned buildings, on riverbanks and under bridges.”

His initial project gained patients, volunteer clinicians and students to the extent that, in 1993, Withers officially launched Operation Safety Net under the auspices of not-for-profit Mercy Hospital, which kicked in $50,000 to fund the start-up. Operation Safety Net today offers round-the-clock availability of paramedics, primary care physicians, registered nurses, podiatrists, dentists and the formerly homeless, as well as medical students and residents serving clerkships.

Connect with Jim: 

Operation Safety Net: http://www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net/

Questions:

  • Tell us about what you do at the Operation Safety net.
  • Talk about the journey to start Operation Safety net. What made you start this? When did you know it was what you were called to do?
  • What have you learned about the homeless population in over 20 years of caring for them?
  • What are some common assumptions you hear people make about people in need that aren’t true? How can we break down these assumptions?
  • How can churches really make a difference in the inner city? How can individuals or families make a difference?
  • How can we partner with what you’re doing?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?

Key Takeaways: 

  • How do you help those in need: Get to know them as individuals!
  • Humanize people!
  • The real courage is to say I’m just a person. You’re just a person. Let’s get to know each other.
  • To be present in suffering is sometimes the highest calling we can have.

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7 Amazing Things About being a Christian that I take for Granted http://dougsmithlive.com/tent-granted-christian/ http://dougsmithlive.com/tent-granted-christian/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:29:17 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9863 I have lived half of my life for God and half of my life not living for God and there is no comparison! However, after 12 years of walking with God consistently, I have found that there are things that are available to us as Christians that if I am not careful, I can take […]

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I have lived half of my life for God and half of my life not living for God and there is no comparison!

However, after 12 years of walking with God consistently, I have found that there are things that are available to us as Christians that if I am not careful, I can take for granted.

Sadly, people who are not walking with God and even some who do, have absolutely no idea what’s available to them in Christ.

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Here are 7 amazing things that are available to every child of God on the planet that we should never take for granted:

1.) Salvation – Christ died for me - Romans 5:8 say, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While I had absolutely nothing to offer God, He sent His son to die for me so that I could have all my sin erased and have a relationship with God.

The best part about this is that God accepts us as we are. You don’t have to be good enough to earn a relationship with God. In fact, you can’t be good enough to earn a relationship with Him. Too many people think they have to get their lives right, then they can have a relationship with God. The opposite is true, you come to God as you are and then you learn that He loves you enough to not let you stay where you are. Then He gives you the grace, power, and courage to get your life together.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 

When I got saved by making Jesus the Lord of my life, my life changed forever. I literally started living a brand new life. It has been the most incredible journey of my life. My prayer is that I’ll never take the fact that Christ died for me for granted. The great part is, He didn’t just die for me, He died for you too! If you’ve never made Jesus the Lord of your life, but would like to or would like to discuss it, please e-mail me at douglasasmith53@gmail.com.

2.) God gave us the Bible – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

God not only died for us, He gave us a book that teaches us how to live. It doesn’t get any better than that! I can open the Bible anytime I want to and as a Christian, it will come alive to me and transform the way I think and live.

3.) We can be led by God – Romans 8:14 says, “As many that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” In other words, if you are a child of God, you can hear from God. I determined a long time ago that if I could hear from God, I will have it made! It’s been 12 years walking with God and I can tell you for a fact, because I can be led by God, I’ve had it made!

4.) We have the Holy Spirit – In John 16:5-15, Jesus said it’s better that He leaves so that God can give us the Holy Spirit. He then goes on to lists some of the things the Holy Spirit does in our lives. Here is a great list I found online of 50 things the Holy Spirit does.

5.) God helps me Grow to my Maximum Potential – In Hebrews 12:5-12, the Bible tells us that God loves us so much that He will discipline us in order to shape and form our character so we can become the men and women He created to be. Nobody knows how much potential you have more than God does. Nobody knows what issues you need to work on right now more than God does! Nobody knows who you are going to have to become to do what you’ll be doing in 20 years more than God does. I’m so glad I don’t have to come up with my own plan for growing my potential. God gives me the plan and I simply have to work it.

6.) God gave us a Community to Do Life With – God gave us an entire community of believers in the local church and the body of Christ to do life with! In Acts 2:42-47, the Bible gives us a picture of what the body of Christ and the local church should look like when it’s running on all cylinders.

As Reid Carpenter says, “In life, it doesn’t get any better than having magnificent friends, pursuing a magnificent vision, for a magnificent God! There is No better juice than that!”

7.) God gives us a Purpose bigger than Ourselves – I’m convinced that there is not a more exciting life you can live than the life God has planned for you! God created you for a purpose. He gave you gifts and talents that He wants you to grow and develop so He can use you to make a difference in this world. Knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for my life causes me to get out of bed everyday excited that I get to be a part of what He is doing in the world.

In summary, God has given us everything we need to live our best lives, do what we are called to do, and to have a great relationship with Him. My prayer is that we will never take for granted all the wonderful things He’s provided for us.

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Get in the Room Where Decisions are Made http://dougsmithlive.com/leadership-decisions/ http://dougsmithlive.com/leadership-decisions/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:05:05 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9861 Today, I am blogging about one lessons that I learned at the Jubilee Professional conference. One of the speakers was Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College. He shared a few principles from his new book, “View from the Top“. One of the principles he taught was, “To chart the future, you must be in the […]

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Today, I am blogging about one lessons that I learned at the Jubilee Professional conference. One of the speakers was Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College. He shared a few principles from his new book, “View from the Top“.

One of the principles he taught was, “To chart the future, you must be in the room.”  He went on to say, “That is why you should aspire to be in positions of leadership. If you want to influence the common good, you have to be in the room where decisions are made.

Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  I believe way too many of us are living lives less than the ones we are capable of living.

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I believe that as Christians, we should be the most influential leaders on the planet. We should be helping shape our families, workplaces, cities, nations, and ultimately the world. However, that can only happen if we are continually in the room where decisions are made.

So, how do we get in the room where decisions are made?

Simple, do everything you can every day to: 

  • Grow to your maximum potential
  • Be teachable
  • Be humble
  • Become self-aware
  • Develop your character
  • Spend time with people who are already in the room! Learn from them!
  • Be led by God
  • Get mentored by leaders who are doing what you’d like to be doing
  • Help your organization be all it can be
  • Add value to your bosses and coworkers
  • Serve your community
  • Network with leaders in your city
  • Show up to places where decisions are being made

If you will do these things on a consistent basis, you will eventually find yourself in the room where decisions are made.

When you do find yourself in that room, remember why you wanted to be in that room in the first place (Click the link to read my post on this topic).

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be in the room as long as your motives are to influence the common good.

Questions: 

  • What are you doing today to ensure you will be in the room that decisions are made tomorrow?
  • If you are in the room where decisions are made, how are you using your platform to influence the common good?

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Episode #55: How to Build Your Platform http://dougsmithlive.com/episode55/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode55/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:32:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=9880 In this podcast, I will cover: Why you should build a platform, the most important part of building your platform, how to build your platform, and things to remember while you are growing your platform. My prayer for you as you listen to this is that you would get a vision for the difference you […]

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In this podcast, I will cover: Why you should build a platform, the most important part of building your platform, how to build your platform, and things to remember while you are growing your platform. My prayer for you as you listen to this is that you would get a vision for the difference you can make in the world through your unique platform and then do something about it! IMG_8818

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Episode: #55 – Building Your Platform 

Notes: 

Resource: Michael Hyatt  http://michaelhyatt.com/platform 

So, Why You Should Want to Build a Platform? 

1.) Because people with platforms have the capability to Change the World: 

The total number of philosophers who are significant in world history is approximately 135-500. A smaller number if we take only the major figures in each world civilization. Even if we add minor figures of all of the networks in all of civilization the total is about 2,700 people. In summary: Between 150-3,000 people, a tiny fraction of roughly the 23 billion people living between 600 BC and 1900 framed the major contours of all world civilizations.” -Jim Collins

There are 7 major areas of influence in our lives today:

1.) Religion

2.) Economics

3.) Government

4.) Family

5. ) Media

6.) Education

7.) Sports

2.) Building a Platform will open doors for unique opportunities for you 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

3.) Platforms Allow You to Speak Up for People Who Can’t Speak up for themselves 

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9

The Most Important Factor in Building Your Platform: Making sure your character will sustain your platform!

“As many people as you can help, that’s how many people you can hurt.” -Joyce Meyer

Prayer: Develop me as quickly and as solidly as possible!

“If you want a better world, composed of better nations, inhabited by better states, filled with better counties, made up of better cities, compromised of better neighborhoods, illuminated by better churches, populated by better families, then you’ll have to start by becoming a better person.” -Tony Evans

Ways to Start Building a Platform:

Become Someone Worth Following – If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?

Add value to people!

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get everything you want in life, IF you just help enough other people get what they want.”

Become an All Star Where You are At 

Create Something

Start a Podcast

Use Social Media for a Purpose

Start a Blog

Start a Business/Non-Profit 

Serve Somewhere 

Mentor Someone

Start a Small Group

Network, Network, Network 

What Does it Takes to Build a Platform? Courage 

“Somebody somewhere is waiting on you to become what you were destined to be! Keep growing forward! -Chris Hogan! 

Using your gifts and talents to build a platform is servant leadership!

A few Things to Remember Once You Start Building Your Platform

Remember Who is Ultimately Responsible for Your Platform

Rick Warren said, “Be faithful where you are, God is responsible for how big your influence will get.

Mark Batterson said, “The impact God has planned for us doesn’t occur when we’re pursuing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.”

The Most Significant Factor in Building Your Platform: Faithfulness

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10

Remember: All Large Platforms Started Small

10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” -Zachariah 5:10

“This is an inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey:“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change –So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immovable.As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country, And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”

In the beginning, you’re not as bad as people think, but if you do things right, in the end, you’re not as good as people think. -John Maxwell

When You Get a Platform, Remember Why You are on Stage

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9

“Somebody somewhere is waiting on you to become what you were destined to be! Keep growing forward! -Chris Hogan! 

Stop waiting. Act. Do something! The world is waiting for you.

How You Can Help this Podcast:

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