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Inspirational Stories of Authenticity and Reinvention

A Congruent Life Andy Gray

    • Spirituality
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Inspirational Stories of Authenticity and Reinvention

    ACL 066: Derek Diedricksen

    ACL 066: Derek Diedricksen

    Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is a builder of tiny homes, a musician, an artist - and exemplifies not putting people into boxes. He is a host of HGTV's "Tiny House Builders" and the author of Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Deek shares about:

    building a multi-faceted life composed of the things he loves;
    creation in many forms: building, writing, music;
    dealing with the fact that people will inevitably complain and criticize;
    following your instincts about how to invest your time and energy;
    choosing "Option B."

    Links from the Show

    Relax Shacks on YouTube
    Relax Shacks website
    Facebook: Tiny House Hub
    Tiny House Builders on HGTV
    Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures
    Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here

    • 30 min
    ACL 065: Tara Byrne

    ACL 065: Tara Byrne

    Tara Byrne is a serial entrepreneur who had some unique "unschooling" educational experiences, and is the founder of Under 30 Changemakers, a support network for young entrepreneurs.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Tara shares about:

    how breaking into a church led to an unexpected change of plans for her life;
    how unschooling taught her that failure itself was a great instructor;
    engaging in non-traditional education that set her on a path for social entrepreneurship and making business meaningful;
    learning to accept personal responsibility and become the artist of her own life;
    the paradox that the things that "should" have been successful weren't, and vice versa;
    developing a sense of detachment and learning that quitting was different from giving up;
    understanding that people are a business' greatest asset, and focusing on self care.

    Links from the Show

    Under 30 Changemakers
    Facebook: Under 30 Changemakers
    Twitter: @Under30change
    Ryan Holiday: The Obstacle is the Way
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    Related Episode
    ACL 054: Victor Saad

    • 35 min
    ACL 064: Jacob Sokol

    ACL 064: Jacob Sokol

    Jacob Sokol had all the trappings of a successful life in New York City but longed for passion and purpose. So he set off to find it, and deliberately and consciously designed the kind of life he was enthusiastic about. He ended up creating Sensophy, a blog that chronicled his journey and evolved into a business helping others live extraordinary lives.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Jacob shares about:

    the meaning and mission behind Sensophy;
    a sense of disbelief in first grade in the rules of success in the world;
    going through the motions of his career, but feeling shame about not being enough;
    recognizing that the pain of staying the same was worse than the fear of the unknown;
    a "ladder of consciousness," the dangerous place in the middle, and taking ownership of our lives;
    the essential scaffolding of taking care of ourselves;
    when we feel at our best, we perform at our best;
    being willing to be "more you than is socially acceptable."
    challenging that voice saying "Who am I to do this?"

    Links from the Show

    Jacob's story on Sensophy
    12 Things Happy People Do Differently
    Twitter: @JacobSokol
    Facebook: Sensophy

    ACL 063: Katrin Macmillan

    ACL 063: Katrin Macmillan

    Katrin Macmillan is the founder of a human rights organization called Projects for All. An innovative project called "Project Hello World" is helping to connect and bring education to millions of children without traditional resources.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Katrin shares about:

    the goals of Projects for All, and specifically what her organization is trying to accomplish with Project Hello World;
    deficits that she sees in traditional education models, and how Project Hello World is addressing them;
    how her original training in theatre became an ideal fit for working in the non-profit sector;
    wrestling up the confidence to shift the trajectory of her life;
    pushing up against a "fictional sense of meritocracy" and embracing the "joy of being useful"
    seeking balance between her work and other parts of her life, particularly with respect to her family; and
    discovering that the most authentic times of her life have actually been the times when she encountered the most resistance.

    Links from the Show

    Projects for All
    Project Hello World
    YouTube video introducing "Hello Hubs"

    • 38 min
    ACL 062: Jason Zook

    ACL 062: Jason Zook

    Jason Zook personifies reinvention and unconventional thinking: he has worn T-shirts for a living, sold his last name twice, and is now literally selling his future. The author of Creativity for Sale, Jason helps people see beyond boundaries, chart their own life paths, and turn unique talents into opportunities.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Jason shares about:

    trusting your gut about the path you're on,
    creating your own luck,
    his recurring mantras about hard work and consistency,
    giving ourselves permission to take a step forward without hiding behind research,
    the challenge of consumption versus creation, and realigning our values,
    how his own core values that guide the life and business decisions he makes,
    behind the scenes of his latest project, detailing the process he has taken from concept to launch, and
    focusing on delivering value, and being aware of what brings you value.

    Links from the Show

    Jason Does Stuff
    Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
    Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim
    The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

    Related Episode
    ACL 019: Pamela Slim

    • 36 min
    ACL 061: Belden Lane

    ACL 061: Belden Lane

    Belden Lane is a teacher, author, storyteller, and theologian who explores the deep connection between nature and spirituality, and in particular the threads between those topics and men's spirituality work.

    In this episode of A Congruent Life, Belden shares about:

    discovering his love of nature as a young child,
    the yearning for wilderness in the middle part of life,
    getting out of your own head, and embracing being a "recovering scholar,"
    the many different lessons that nature has to teach us,
    his own "calling story" that led him to accepting the mantle of being a storyteller,
    reflections about accepting the names we are given,
    dealing with "false self" issues of impression management, the letters behind our name, and tiring of the masks we wear,
    the "true self" disciplines that now bring him joy in this stage of his life.

    Links from the Show

    Belden's website
    Soularize conference for men: November 2015

    Belden's books:

    Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice
    Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality
    The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality
    Landscapes of the Sacred: Geography and Narrative in American Spirituality

    Belden's "Last Lecture" presentation at Saint Louis University:

    • 30 min

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