Doug Smith LiveDoug Smith Live http://dougsmithlive.com Grow. Lead. Live. Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 God or Money? [Podcast] http://dougsmithlive.com/god-money-podcast/ http://dougsmithlive.com/god-money-podcast/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13516 In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances. Notes:  “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and […]

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In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances.

Notes: 

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24

“For the love of money is the root of ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34
1.) Serving Money will Leave You Unfulfilled

“Money won’t make you happy, but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” -Zig Ziglar

Idols ask for more and more, while giving less and less, until eventually they demand everything and give nothing -Andy Crouch

2.) Serving God will fulfill you 

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:45

Success is:

1.) Knowing my purpose in Life
2.) Growing to my Maximum Potential
3.) Sowing Seeds to benefit others
3.) The Purpose of Money

7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-15

TITHING is TRUSTING that God can do more with 90% than we can do with 100%. – Mark Batterson

1.) Will you tithe
2.) Will you do what I tell you with your money

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,“They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”[d]

The first purpose of money is to provide everything we need

The second purpose of money is to give it generously!

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[e] in you.11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

A Vision for Increase

Psalm 113:7-8 – He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people!

*From the Least to the greatest, from the dumbest to the smartest, from the poorest to the richest, from the least influential, to the most influential!

God needs people with right hearts to have a vision of changing the world for Him!

The Outcome of Money

And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[f] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

**The secret of life is to give your life away

Actions:
1.) Evaluate Your Heart toward money
2.) If you’re not tithing, start
3.) Memorize Psalm 113:7-8/2 Corinthians – Meditate on it
3.) Ask God everyday how you can be generous

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Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril http://dougsmithlive.com/episode61/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode61/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 09:18:41 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13586 This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved […]

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This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click the links provided below. Also, they need to raise $250 million in order to do what they are doing, so if you feel led to, I would also encourage you to support them financially!

Saleem’s bio is in the show notes below. I know this talk will inspire and challenge you to do more in your community. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Our next leadership breakfast is on Saturday, June 20th with John Nuzzo, Founding Pastor of Victory Family Church. Learn more and register for this breakfast here.

Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril

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Connect with Saleem and the Pittsburgh Promise:

Saleem’s Bio:

Saleem Ghubril is a committed and passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that annually provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors, and mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful community service initiatives. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a regional economic and workforce development entity that focuses on transforming the quality of education and life in the City of Pittsburgh, and making higher education a reality for all of Pittsburgh’s urban youth.

He is currently the volunteer pastor of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

My Key Takeaways:

  • I don’t care when the light bulb comes on, I just care that i tcomes on
  • Our mission is to be an agent for the Kingdom wherever we are
  • Go where you are most needed
  • A city famous for God: vulnerable people are no longer vulnerable, no more justice, no more poverty, no more isolation, no more injustice!
  • The age of youth is created for heroic service!
  • God, help me live a lift that counts
  • Something is better than nothing! Just do something!

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No Excuses [New Podcast] http://dougsmithlive.com/no-excuses/ http://dougsmithlive.com/no-excuses/#respond Thu, 14 May 2015 10:46:24 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13441 In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy! Notes:  No Excuses: 7 Amazing […]

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In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy!

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Notes: 

No Excuses: 7 Amazing Things about Being a Christian that I Take for Granted!

20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20

“I don’t believe in God, that’s ok, He believes in You!”

What makes someone trustworthy?

  • You can trust people who will do whatever is necessary to maintain a relationship with you! God has done everything possible to have a relationship with me and to ensure I live an abundant life!

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

  • 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.”

“God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation, offered as a free gift.”

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!”

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.”

3.) 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.

  • The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
    2. The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
    5. The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
    6. The Spirit leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
    8. The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
    11. The Spirit bears witness in us that we are children of God(Rom. 8:16).
    12. The Spirit produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22-23).
    13. The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Cor. 12:4, 8-10; Heb. 2:4).
    23. The Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
    24. The Spirit speaks to, in, and through us
    27. The Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
    36. The Spirit enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22).
    42. The Spirit teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13; John 14:26).
    43. The Spirit gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6).
    44. The Spirit enables some to preach the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12).
    46. The Spirit knows the things of God (1 Cor. 2:11).
    48. The Spirit brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
    49. The Spirit comforts us (Acts 9:31).

 4.) 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.”

God’s specific will vs. God’s general will
*God will never lead you to do something that isn’t in line with his general will (the Word of God) The more Word you have in you, the better you’ll be at discerning the Spirit leading you! 

5.) God helps us Grow to our Maximum Potential

10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. –Hebrews 12:11-12

It may seem like there is nobody else interested in your potential, but God is. God sees your worth. God knows your gifts. God knows what your capable of and if you’ll walk with Him, He’ll make sure you get developed and grow!

6.) God gave us a Community to Do Life With!

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[i]), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[j]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

“Safe people do 3 things: Bring us closer to God, closer to others, and closer to who we were truly made to be.” –Henry Cloud

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!

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. –Ephesians 2:10

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born!” –Zig Ziglar

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.

  • He’s given us salvation
  • He’s given us the Bible
  • He’s given us His Spirit
  • He promises to lead us
  • He helps me develop my potential
  • He’s given us the Body of Christ
  • He’s given us a purpose to wake up every day and go after!

My prayer is that we will never take for granted all the wonderful things He’s provided for us.

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The Privilege of Not Knowing http://dougsmithlive.com/privilege-knowing/ http://dougsmithlive.com/privilege-knowing/#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:46 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13376 A few weeks ago, I was listening to Reid Carpenter speak at a conference. He said something that really helped me. He said, “One of the greatest things in life is not to know, but to be faithful.” I don’t know if you’re like me, but too often, I want to know everything that God […]

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A few weeks ago, I was listening to Reid Carpenter speak at a conference. He said something that really helped me. He said, “One of the greatest things in life is not to know, but to be faithful.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but too often, I want to know everything that God is ever going to do in my life right now! He put dreams and vision into my heart and I want to know exactly how those things are going to happen.

However, God doesn’t work that way. God may have given you a vision for what He wants you to do with your life, but that vision may not come to pass for 5, 10, or 15+ years own the road.

In Psalm 37:23, the Bible says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

My Pastor often says, “God directs our steps, not our leaps.” Our job isn’t to figure out and know how everything is going to happen. Our job is to seek God, figure out our next step, and be faithful with that until He shows us another step.  

Trust that God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go!

Stop worrying about how everything is going to happen. One of the most exciting parts about following God is you never know where you’re going to go, who you’re going to meet, or what He’s going to do in and through you. Following God is life’s greatest adventure!

Focus on the step He has you on right now. Be faithful where you are at and in time, He will reveal your next step. Repeat that process, keep taking steps and before you know it, you’ll be doing things you never dreamed possible.

Enjoy the privilege of not knowing. Be faithful.

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Episode #60: Interview with Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch http://dougsmithlive.com/episode60/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode60/#respond Mon, 11 May 2015 10:01:06 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13250 In this episode, I interviewed Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch. I’ve known Ben for over a decade. He is an incredible leader, a Godly father and husband, and a great friend. Get your notebooks out and get ready to take notes while listening to this interview. It is filled with wisdom from lessons Ben has […]

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In this episode, I interviewed Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch. I’ve known Ben for over a decade. He is an incredible leader, a Godly father and husband, and a great friend. Get your notebooks out and get ready to take notes while listening to this interview. It is filled with wisdom from lessons Ben has learned while planting a church. Whether you’re a ministry leader, a church planter, or a business leader, this interview will add value to you.

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

We also had Ben speak at our Learning to Lead breakfast last September. It was one of the best leadership lessons I’ve heard. You can listen to Ben’s talk , “How to Kill Your Leadership” 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. To learn about and register for upcoming events, go to our Learning to Lead events page.

Announcement: Register here for our next Leadership breakfast with Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director, Saleem Ghubril!

Episode #60: Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch

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Connect with Ben

Questions:

  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions!
  • What’s one thing about Ben Rath that people would be surprised by?
  •  You’re a church planter. What has planting a church taught you about leadership?
  • What have you learned about being content with the story God is writing for you?
  • You’ve lead in the business world and in the church world. What can church leaders learn from the business world and vice versa.
  • In September, you spoke at our leadership breakfast about becoming healthy as a leader, can you tell us what you’ve learned about getting healthy and staying healthy as a leader?
  • How do you process pain as a leader?
  • Can you name one or two people who have had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • How do you balance ministry with your family life?
  • In your experience, what can ministry leaders learn from business leaders and vice versa?
  • You’re passionate about developing the next generation. How do you actually do that?
  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?
  • Where do you see young leaders “missing it” most often?
  • If you could give young leaders any advice, what would it be?
  • Our of everything you’ve accomplished in your life and ministry, what are you most proud of?
  • Where do you see yourself in 15 years and What do you want your legacy to be?

Key Takeaways: 

  • Culture is being created whether you want it to be or not
  • We’ve got the best leadership book in the world!
  • Your organization will only be as healthy as you are
  • We should be trying a lot more things
  • Success is defined as faithfulness
  • Trust what’s in your hand. You have everything you need to do what God’s called you to do.
  • Don’t be told what to do, take initiative
  • Get the job done!
  • Your ideas don’t make you a leader
  • When you prove your voice, you earn a seat at the table
  • Don’t do life and leadership alone – find your 3 people!
  • Die empty
  • You’re doing better than you think you are

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How Buying a House Changed Our Lives http://dougsmithlive.com/buying-house-changed-lives/ http://dougsmithlive.com/buying-house-changed-lives/#respond Fri, 08 May 2015 09:53:09 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=12978 Laura and I bought our first house just over a month ago. How did buying our first house change our lives? It didn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, having our own house is a huge blessing and we are extremely grateful that we are able to have a house of our own, but it didn’t change […]

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Laura and I bought our first house just over a month ago. How did buying our first house change our lives? It didn’t. 

Don’t get me wrong, having our own house is a huge blessing and we are extremely grateful that we are able to have a house of our own, but it didn’t change who we are or how we live our lives. It didn’t make us any happier and it didn’t make our marriage any better.

The reality is, our house and our lives are what we make them. Zig Ziglar once said, “Money will buy you a house, but not a home, a companion but not a friend, a bed but not a good nights sleep.”

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I felt led to write this post because I believe so many people spend their lives trying to get things that they believe will make them happy. They think:

“If I just get my own house, I’ll be happy. If I just get married, I’ll be happy. If I get that promotion, I’ll be happy. If I accomplish ___, I’ll be happy. If I make $X, I’ll be happy. If I just _______.”

The reality is, if you’re not happy now, you won’t be happy then.

In his book, “The Laws of Lifetime Growth“, Dan Sullivan says the following about money:

Always make your purpose greater than your money. Greater purpose is essential for lifetime growth. Many people start of their careers thinking that money is the goal. Money can be a useful measure of success or progress in certain circumstances, and it’s a resource we can use to realize greater possibilities, but at some point, money without purpose loses it’s meaning. Money as an end becomes a growth stopper. Having a purpose that is greater than yourself will give you a constant impetus to strive. Purpose gives life meaning and helps us direct and focus our talents and efforts. It also attracts the talents and energies of other whose purpose align with our own. Think of money only as a means of achieving a greater purpose, and you’ll attract all the resources and rewards that make up a rich life, not just money.

What is Dan saying? He is says that success in life has nothing to do with money or possessions. In my life, I have found that success in life is following God with everything you’ve got, discovering and pursuing His purpose for your life, growing to your maximum potential, and making a difference in the world.

My prayer is that we will be good stewards of everything God has blessed us with, including our new home. I pray that our house will be used for a bigger purpose than just being a nice space for us to live in.

Our hope is that our house will be a blessing to everyone who walks through our doors, that it will be a place where we create memories that will last a lifetime, and a place where we raise a Godly family.

Questions for you: 

  • Are you happy right now with what you have and where you are in life? 
  • What are you pursuing that you think will make you happy?
  • If real success is pursuing God and His purpose for your life, growing to your maximum potential, and making a difference, are you doing those things? If not, when can will you start?

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Reflections on the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon http://dougsmithlive.com/reflections-2015-pittsburgh-marathon/ http://dougsmithlive.com/reflections-2015-pittsburgh-marathon/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 11:07:42 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=12936 Yesterday, I finished my 7th marathon! My wife finished her second! We were both able to get personal records and we raised $20,924 for Light of Life Rescue Mission. It was an incredible journey! In this post, I want to share some reflections on the last 18 weeks! Our Results:  As I mentioned, Laura and […]

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Yesterday, I finished my 7th marathon! My wife finished her second! We were both able to get personal records and we raised $20,924 for Light of Life Rescue Mission. It was an incredible journey! In this post, I want to share some reflections on the last 18 weeks!

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Our Results: 

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As I mentioned, Laura and I both got personal records. Laura beat her time from last year by over 3 minutes. I beat my best time by 8 minutes. When Laura and I realized we both got records, we were both blown away!

Here is what we did to get our PR’s this year:

1.) The Steel City Road Runners – This year, we joined this amazing runners group! I can’t speak highly enough of this club. They have 4-5 group runs each week throughout the city. They have coaches available to help you. They map out all of your runs for you. There are over 1,800 members so you are always running with and meeting new people. They have runners at every pace you can imagine so you never feel left out. They provide water, gu’s, etc. Laura and I really believe being a part of this group really helped us get PR’s. If you’re a runner in Pittsburgh, I can’t encourage you enough to join! It’s only $40/year!

2.) We Started with the 3:30 Pace Group – Laura and I have found that for us, it’s harder to run the second half of the marathon faster than the first. Therefore, we started with a fast pace group. The 3:30 group was challenging for us, but we knew we would be able to hang for them for at least half the marathon. We both did and that helped position us for setting personal records.

3.) We Followed a Plan – We used Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2 plan. While we didn’t have a perfect training season, we followed it the best we could. This plan prepared us adequately. This was the first year we ran 4-5 days a week. Usually we run 3 days a week and lift 3. I believe that made a difference!

4.) We started Carb-Loading on Thursday night! – One member of our Light of Life team has run 44 marathons! He’s a machine! He told our team to start carb loading on Thursday night. He said too many people wait until Saturday night to carb load and that is a mistake. While we both felt bloated and overweight for three days, but we did notice a difference on race day! Thanks, Bob!

5.) People Ran with us and Cheered for us –  If you are reading this and you go to the marathon to cheer people on, you matter a lot more than you think you do! In every marathon I’ve run, I can remember specific people saying specific things that got me to the finish line! For long periods of this marathon, I was running all by myself. Literally, nobody was around me. However, so many people would scream, “Go Light of Life! Go Doug!” That helped push me! At mile 23, we saw my sister and brother-in-law. They fired us up! My brother-in-law jumped in and ran with us! That helped me get a second wind to get to the finish without stopping! Thank you to everyone who cheered us on!

6.) We were running for a purpose bigger than ourselves – For the third year in a row, Laura and I ran for Light of Life Rescue Mission. Running a marathon for a medal and for personal accomplishment is great, but to do that and run for a charity is even better! Laura said she can’t imagine not running for a charity. When the marathon gets tough, we were able to remember why we were running. We thought about the people we were helping and it helped us push through!

Team Light of Life

This was our 3rd year having a charity team in the Pittsburgh Marathon. It’s been an incredible experience. The first year, we had around 40 runners and raised just over $25,000. The second year, we had 76 runners raise over $76,000. This year, we had 109 runners and we raised over $87,000!

By far, this is one of my favorite parts of my job! I love watching our team accomplish things they didn’t think they could! Whether that’s finishing a challenging race or actually raising money for a charity! I’m so proud of this year’s team. I cannot wait to celebrate with them in a few weeks!

If you are a runner and would like to run for Light of Life next year, e-mail me at dougsmith@lightoflife.org.

Here is some of our Relay, Half, and Full Marathon team:

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Here is some of our 5k team:

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I want to thank everyone who supported Laura and I as we ran for Light of Life! Thank you for believing in us and for helping the homeless men, women, and children of Pittsburgh. Your support makes a difference.

Team Light of Life – thank you guys for being so awesome! I am so proud of each of you! Thank you for running for us!

Lessons Learned

1.) The More People You Have Supporting You in Your Life, The Better You’ll do – This marathon really taught me the importance of uplifting relationships. Between Laura, team Light of Life, the Steel City Road Runners, friends, and family… We had a lot of people cheering us on. In life, it’s so important to surround yourself with people who lift you up and push you past your limits. I’m extremely grateful to be surrounded with people who do this consistently in my life. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely one of them. Thank you!

2.) You Always Have More Left in the Tank – My friend rode the Allegheny Passage trail from DC to Pittsburgh. One person he was riding with seemed to always be pushing past his limits. My friend asked him how he did it. He said, “You always have more left in the tank than you think you do.” This rang true in the marathon. At mile 19, I thought I was done! I did not think I could run the last 7 miles. In fact, I justified not running the last 7 miles in my head. However, I thought about that quote and pushed myself to the finish line. Whether it’s a marathon or reaching a stretch goal, remember that you always have more left in your tank!

3.) It’s all about the Journey – This is always a lesson learned! Finishing the marathon is great, but it’s the journey there that made it great. All the miles trained, all the new friends made, and all the money raised. The joy is in the journey and who you become through the journey.

4.) You Can Do Anything – When I tell people I’m running a marathon, they always say, “I could never do that.” That’s simply not true! You may just not want to! I never thought I could run a marathon and I did. I never thought I could run one in under 4 hours and eventually I did. I never thought I would PR 4 marathon’s in a row, but I have. When you realize you are capable of more than you think you are, it changes you! You start going after things you never thought possible! I challenge you to try something you think is impossible for you this year!

Another marathon is in the books!

If you ran, what lessons did you learn? 

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Reid Carpenter on Making Pittsburgh Famous for God http://dougsmithlive.com/reid-carpenter-making-pittsburgh-famous-god/ http://dougsmithlive.com/reid-carpenter-making-pittsburgh-famous-god/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:48:47 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=12429 Last Wednesday, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation to have a night with Reid Carpenter. The purpose of the night was to hear Reid share the vision of making Pittsburgh famous for God and for our generation to get challenged to do something with that vision. I believe it’s important for us to know […]

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Last Wednesday, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation to have a night with Reid Carpenter. The purpose of the night was to hear Reid share the vision of making Pittsburgh famous for God and for our generation to get challenged to do something with that vision.

I believe it’s important for us to know the history of what God has done in our city before we embark on doing something great for Him in our generation. I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and watch this video of Reid sharing the vision and challenging us with practical ways to do something with the vision:

Here is a picture of the group that attended the event:

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The way Laura and I are feeling led by God to carry out this vision is to gather, resource, and equip next generation leaders to go after the dreams God is putting in their hearts. If you are interested in what we are doing, here are a few ways you can connect with us:

  • Monthly Leadership Breakfasts Each month, we host a leadership breakfast where we bring in seasoned leaders to share their best leadership content. Our May Leadership Breakfast is with Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director, Saleem Ghubril. Get info and register here.
  • Get on our e-mail list – Sign-up here to join our e-mail list so you can stay up to date with what we’re doing.
  • Leadership Small Group – We have a small group that meets twice a month to grow together. We share our goals with each other, hold each other accountable to those goals, and go through leadership curriculum together. Let me know if you’re interested in joining our small group. You can e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.
  • Leadership Podcast – We post 3 episodes to our leadership podcast every month. One is an interview with a seasoned leader, one is a talk from our leadership breakfast, and one is a leadership lesson by me. Our prayer is that these lessons will add value to your life.

Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to serve you on your journey! Thanks for being a part of our lives!

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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!

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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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