In this podcast, I interview John Stanko, Founder of Purpose Quest. This was one of my favorite interviews. If you struggle trying to figure out your purpose in life or struggle with fear around pursuing your dreams, then you have to listen to this interview! John said a few things in this interview that really helped me have the courage to pursue my dreams. My prayer is that this interview will do the same for you.
You can find John’s bio, the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, and ways to connect with John below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!
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Episode #45: John Stanko
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from St. Basil’s Prep School in Stamford, Connecticut, he attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1973, he had a life-changing spiritual experience that radically changed his life course and purpose.
Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his doctorate in pastoral ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas in 1995. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.
As executive director of Worship International from 1993-1995, John planned and organized worship conferences for Integrity Music around the world, and later became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the highest distinction awarded in the conference management industry. In the process, he has taught extensively on the topics of time management, life purpose and organization, and has conducted leadership and purpose training sessions throughout the United States and in 25 countries.
Recently his clients have included Integrity Music, Kabul University in Afghanistan, Lippo Bank and Lippo Land in Indonesia, Regent University in Virginia Beach, DHL in southern Africa, Kingdom Bank in Zimbabwe, the South African Regional Poverty Network in Pretoria, Catholic Relief Services in Kenya, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Celebration Ministries International in Zimbabwe and many other churches and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.
John is also certified to administer the DISC and other related personality assessments as well as the Natural Church Development profile for churches. Recently, he earned the privilege to facilitate for The Pacific Institute of Seattle, a leadership and personal development program, and for The Leadership Circle, a provider of cultural and executive 360-degree profiles.
He has authored fifteen books and has written for many publications around the world. John maintains a weekly email update called The Monday Memo and regular Bible studies and a daily devotional on his blog. His website contains many resources and programs devoted to help people find their life purpose.
John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001 to 2008, he spent seven months a year in Africa and still enjoys working on that continent, while maintaining teaching and administrative duties at The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John also serves as an administrative pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh. John has been married for 39 years to Kathryn Scimone Stanko. Their two adult children are pursuing purpose in Arlington, Virginia and Pittsburgh.
Connect with John:
The Kenya Partnership: http://www.purposequest.com/contributions/
- Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions.
- Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?
- 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?
- 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?
- Talk to us about why you are so passionate about purpose.
- How can we discover our purpose?
- What advice would you give young leaders when it comes to picking the “right” career?
- Is there a difference between our career and our purpose?
- What are your thoughts on doing something that you love verses doing something for the money?
- Talk about the impact fear has on us, how to recognize it, and what to do about it.
- 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?
- You’ve written fourteen books, have four radio shows, conferences, and are a personal coach…
- For those of us who want to become authors and producers of content what advice do you have?
- What disciplines have you implemented in your life that have been necessary for you to become an author?
- What have you done to intentionally grow as a writer and speaker?
- What advice would you give to people who want to be speakers?
- What have you done to intentionally grow as a speaker?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
- What are you doing in Africa and how can we help?
- How can we help serve Purpose Quest?
- Teaching forces you to stay ahead of the curve
- Every book you read eliminates 100 you’ll never read
- Teach what you learn within 48 hours of learning it
- Writing is an expression of servant leadership
- Do interesting things!
- Creating content is like preparing a meal, you’ve tasted it so much, you don’t think it’s good, but people love it!
- If you don’t write when you don’t have time, you’ll never write when you do have time!
- Don’t narrow what God wants to do in your life
- Purpose is the only thing that is too good to be true
- Too often, we want God to make us something we are not
- Hit it hard, wish it well!
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