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A nine minute dose of wisdom from the wisest people I know.

The Main Thing Podcast Skip Lineberg

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

A nine minute dose of wisdom from the wisest people I know.

    Author & Musician Michael Card Shares Powerful Wisdom

    Author & Musician Michael Card Shares Powerful Wisdom

    Welcome to the Main Thing Podcast! Our special guest today is one of my favorite authors. For more than 30 years Michael Card has endeavored to engage with the text of Scripture, whether through the writing of music and books or in the context of the conference or the classroom. In the course of 30 albums, 22 books and numerous concerts, Michael has invited listeners and readers to honestly wrestle with the Bible, seeking to grasp the meaning of the text with all the heart and mind. 
    A graduate of Western Kentucky Univ., Michael received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biblical Studies. Michael travels frequently each year, teaching and sharing his music at Biblical Imagination Conferences. He also facilitates annual Life of Christ tours in Israel.
    He and his wife, Susan, have four children and four grandchildren. Michael lives in Franklin, Tennessee, where along with a group of close friends, he pursues racial reconciliation and neighborhood renewal. 
    Get ready! Over the next 19 minutes, you will discover why Michael Card is one of the wisest people I know.
    Resources
    Michael Card’s website
    Michael’s book “Luke - The Gospel of Amazement”
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
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    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn - The MainThing Podcast
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    Public Relations + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
    Ways You Can Support the Growth of this Podcast
    Become a subscriber.
    Share the podcast with one or two friends.
    Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod
    Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store.
    Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding.
    Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop.
     
    Content You Will Enjoy in This Episode
    [00:00:01] - Intro and welcome
    [00:01:35] - Brief bio for Michael Card
    [00:03:00] - Greetings and opening dialog
    [00:03:15] - The inspiration for his book “Luke - The Gospel of Amazement”
    [00:04:50] - Digging into the concept of Imaginative Inquiry
    [00:05:50] - There are facts, and then there’s the question: What do the facts mean?
    [00:06:32] - Jesus spent 3 months of every year walking
    [00:07:30] - Are you a heart-learner or a mind-learner?
    [00:08:20] - How Michael and Skip are connected
    [00:09:30] - A place for you to find books written by guests of this show
    [00:10:15] - Michael shares his Main Thing
    [00:12:20] - Meeting his mentor, Dr. William Lane; the incarnation of an idea
    [00:14:05] - Skip shares the impact of Michael’s book in 2011
    [00:15:45] - A recent experience when Michael had to apply his main thing
    [00:17:40] - Where to go to discover more about Michael, his books and music
    [00:18:05] - What’s next for Michael? The next book and beyond
    [00:19:09] - Thank you and good-by9
    [00:14:20] - Outro
     

    • 19 min
    Max Knapp Shares Vital Wisdom

    Max Knapp Shares Vital Wisdom

    Welcome to The Main Thing Podcast! A shout out of gratitude to my subscribers. And a sincere thank-you to our returning patron, Bill from Tennessee. Folks like Bill help to keep this pipeline of wisdom flowing. 
    Our special guest today is a wise, insightful and gifted person. Max Knapp is a born and raised West Virginian who prides himself on his curiosity, and attributes his open-mindedness to the perspective he gained from his time spent outside his home state.
    Upon receiving his graduate degree, Max spent the early years of his career working as an analyst on Wall Street, helping advise large-scale businesses on mergers and acquisitions. In 2016, Max decided to return to West Virginia with his newly-acquired skillset in hopes of helping revitalize the place he’s always called home. In the ensuing six years, Max has played a role in several business acquisitions himself, and continues to guide aspiring entrepreneurs with similar ambitions. Max co-founded the wealth management firm Blackbear Capital, working with individuals and institutions throughout West Virginia.
    Max resides in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife Kylie and young son, Dexter.
    Get ready! Over the next 9 minutes you will discover why Max Knapp is one of the wisest people I know.
     
    Resources
    Blackbear Capital website
    Connect with Max Knapp on LinkedIn
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
    Instagram @themainthingpod
    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn - The MainThing Podcast
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    Public Relations + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
    Ready to Help Support the Growth of this Podcast?
    Become a subscriber. Share the podcast with one or two friends. Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store. Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding. Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop.  
    Content You Will Enjoy in This Episode
    [00:00:01] - Intro and welcome
    [00:02:12] - Brief bio for Max Knapp
    [00:03:17] - Greetings and opening dialog
    [00:03:50] - Max provides a glimpse of life working on Wall Street
    [00:04:38] - Moving back to West Virginia; time slows down
    [00:05:20] - Good connections; how Max and Skip are connected; Dr. David Clayman
    [00:06:50] - An opportunity for you to help keep the pipeline of wisdom flowing
    [00:08:00] - Max shares his Main Thing
    [00:08:35] - Chasing things is not the pathway to success; what truly matters
    [00:09:30] - Skip relates with a story about Berkshire Hathaway
    [00:10:15] - The competitive desires; the urge to compete; the need to be fully present
    [00:11:13] - Skip shares his struggle to resist chasing metrics as a podcaster
    [00:11:53] - Focus on money, don’t make it; Focus on what’s important, the rest follows
    [00:12:25] - Max provides his personal definition of success
    [00:12:50] - Regaining balance + freedom in his life; his practices for greater focus
    [00:14:00] - What Max doesn’t want to happen at the end of life; no future regrets
    [00:14:45] - Thank you and good-bye
    [00:14:58] - Outro
     

    • 15 min
    Wisdom Revisited with Helena Brantley

    Wisdom Revisited with Helena Brantley

    Welcome back to The Main Thing Podcast! This special episode is part of  our mini-series “Wisdom Revisited,” where we are reconnecting with a few of our most popular guests from Seasons 1 & 2. We will revisit those guests and revisit their wisdom, their main thing. Has it remained the  driving force in their life? Or has something new taken that place of prominence in their heart and mind?
     
    In this special 25-minute episode, we are joined by Helena Brantley, a public relations executive, who helps scholars and subject matter experts share their ideas widely, most often in book format. She first appeared on The Main Thing Podcast in October 2020. Listen and discover how Helena Brantley has applied - and perhaps evolved - her Main Thing wisdom. 
    Recap of Helena's Bio:
    After an early career in public relations and marketing, Helena founded Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing in 2010. She works with a small team of design, edit and production professionals on projects for authors, publishers and nonprofits. Helena lives in Alameda, California with three avid readers: her husband and two daughters. 
     
    Resources
    Helena’s website Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing
    Link to cookbook Helena recommended on this show “The Cook You Want to Be”
    Helena’s keynote address for the PPN Conference 2022
    Ep. 31 of The Main Thing Podcast featuring 9 mins. of wisdom with Helena Brantley
    Helena’s Instagram: @HelenaBrantley
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
    Instagram @themainthingpod
    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Graphic Designer Emma Malinoski
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    PR + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
    Support and Help Sustain this Podcast
    Become a subscriber. Share the podcast with one or two friends. Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store. Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding. Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop.  
     
    Content You’ll Enjoy in this Podcast
     
    [00:01] - Helena Brantley’s Main Thing wisdom from October 2020
    [00:10] - Intro, welcome and opening dialog
    [02:00] - Quick recap of Helena’s bio
    [03:05] - Helena’s passion for food - eating it, cooking it and reading about it
    [05:01] - Book recommendation from Helena
    [06:00] - Revisiting Helena’s main thing; looking back on “valuing relationships, all of them”
    [07:26] - An invitation for you to help keep the pipeline of wisdom flowing
    [08:38] - Skip tests an idea with Helena; who we meet along the path of life
    [10:55] - Surprises along the way; difficult people and difficult encounters
    [12:24] - Removing hardness from our hearts; Helena reflects on her practice
    [14:45] - The temptation to choose anger; reminding oneself of better choices
    [15:30] - Praying as we put on our armor; lesson from Helena’s father
    [16:44] - Temptation to fire off an anger-laden email response; seeking guidance
    [17:32] - Being mindful of signals inside our bodies
    [18:40] - Skip reflects on his practice and releasing hardness from his heart 
    [19:40] - Helena delivers a keynote speech; an introvert’s challenge with public speaking
    [22:30] - Balancing all the heavy things in the world today, while seeking a soft heart
    [24:05] - Thank-you and goodbye
     

    • 24 min
    Debbie Henne Shares Cogent Wisdom

    Debbie Henne Shares Cogent Wisdom

    Welcome to The Main Thing Podcast! I’m your host - Skip Lineberg. 
    My new friend, Debbie Henne, is a speech-language pathologist by day and an author by night. All day every day, she is a wife, mother and Jesus lover.
    Debbie can often be found typing away at her computer after tucking her kids in at night. She doesn't always write at a computer. Sometimes she can be found writing with an old-fashioned pen and paper - or creating musically on the piano keyboard.
    Debbie Henne believes life is not about being perfect. It's about being "ever changed." Her vision is to connect hearts to the heart of God, so people can live in the empowerment and victory that comes through a genuine connection to God. 
    Debbie comes to us today from her home in Reading, Pennsylvania. 
    Get ready! Over the next 9 minutes you will discover why Debbie Henne is one of the wisest people I know.
     
    Resources
    Deborah Henne’s website
    Check out Debbie’s podcast
    Get Debbie’s book “Gentleness” on our Bookshop store
    Episode 58 featuring RL Shawver
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
    Instagram @themainthingpod
    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn - The MainThing Podcast
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    Public Relations + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
    Ready to Help Support the Growth of this Podcast?
    Become a subscriber. Share the podcast with one or two friends. Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store. Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding. Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop. Content You Will Enjoy in This Episode
     
    [00:00:01] - Intro and welcome
    [00:01:35] - Brief bio for Debbie Henne
    [00:02:33] - Greetings and opening dialog
    [00:02:50] - Debbie previews her new book “Gentleness - It’s Not What You Think”
    [00:03:35] - Why Gentleness? What motivated her to write about it?
    [00:04:50] - With gentleness comes power; contrast with fear and timidity
    [00:06:00] - How Skip and Debbie are connected
    [00:07:15] - Learn about our online book store
    [00:07:52] - Debbie Henne shares her Main Thing
    [00:08:45] - The downside of not living with Debbie's wisdom
    [00:09:52] - Skip shares the experience of being around a friend who’s always negative
    [00:10:43] - How to avoid becoming Negative Nancy or Pessimistic Pete
    [00:12:40] - A few examples when she’s applied her Main Thing
    [00:13:40] - What God is telling Debbie to help her get through fear, pursue her calling
    [00:14:30] - Thank you and good-bye
    [00:15:07] - Outro
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    • 15 min
    Wisdom Revisited with Andy Malinoski

    Wisdom Revisited with Andy Malinoski

    Welcome back to The Main Thing Podcast! In this special 18-minute episode, we are joined by Andy Malinoski. Three years ago, Andy appeared as our first wise guest on Episode 1, the debut of this show.
    Andy Malinoski is the director of the Office of Marketing and Communications for the West Virginia Department of Commerce, where he leads a talented team of creative professionals. He’s also a content creator who directs, hosts and produces podcasts and videos. Andy and his family reside in Charleston, West Virginia. 
    He is a frequent advisor to show host, Skip Lineberg. His daughter, Emma Malinoski, is a talented graphic designer who helped craft the brand for this podcast. Andy is a skilled problem-solver, strategist and leader. And he’s one of the wisest people I know.
    Listen and discover how Andy Malinoski has applied - and perhaps evolved - his Main Thing wisdom. 
     
    Resources
    Link to Andy’s podcast The Daily 304
    Connect with Andy Malinoski on LinkedIn
    Ep. 1 of The Main Thing Podcast featuring 9 min. of wisdom with Andy Malinoski
    Special Episode (Ep. 36) “Switching Microphones with Andy Malinoski”
    Books mentioned by Andy in this episode:
    “Four Thousand Weeks” by Oliver Burkeman
    “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
     
    Thank-You to Our Show Sponsor Jarrell Black
    Our friends at Jarrell Black encourage you to keep growing and seeking wisdom. Jarrell Black is pleased to serve small business clients from offices in Dublin and Mount Vernon, Ohio and its headquarters in Teays Valley, West Virginia. To learn more, visit online.
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
    Instagram @themainthingpod
    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Graphic Designer Emma Malinoski
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    PR + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
    How Can You Help Support the Growth of this Podcast?
    Become a subscriber. Share the podcast with one or two friends. Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store. Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding. Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop.  
    Content You’ll Enjoy in this Podcast
    [00:01] - Andy's Main Thing #wisdom from September 2019
    [01:08] - Intro, welcome and opening dialog
    [03:09] - Brief look back over our lives the past 3 years since Episode 1 dropped
    [04:33] - Investments in self-care; new priorities in life
    [05:42] - Message from our friends and show sponsors - Jarrell Black & Company
    [06:15] - Testing Andy’s 2019 wisdom: is it still his main thing, or has it shifted?
    [08:05] - Building on Pause with new #disciplines
    [10:04] - Burkeman’s book; how many weeks do we have left?
    [10:55] - The first breath each morning; Andy denies being a zen master
    [11:09] - Skip’s observation on guests’ attitudes toward legacy and impact; mortality
    [12:50] - Real, pure humility in the context of taking care; what matters
    [13:45] - Andy shares the mindset of ‘being on vacation’ no matter the location
    [14:05] - Getting inside the mind of a content creator; Pressfield’s book; helping others
    [15:35] - Wasting the time of a marketing professional is communication malpractice
    [16:08] - Andy wraps it up; encourages us not to be afraid to ask for help
    [16:44] - Thank-you and goodbye
    [17:10] - Outro
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    • 17 min
    Jill Scarbro Shares Visionary Wisdom

    Jill Scarbro Shares Visionary Wisdom

    Welcome to The Main Thing Podcast! Our special guest today is an empathetic entrepreneur. 
     
    Jill Scarbro is the 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year, a prestigious honor bestowed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
     
    Having grown up in rural West Virginia with dyslexia, Jill’s need for specialized services to learn how to read shaped the trajectory of her life. This sparked her to start Bright Futures, a school for one child in her grandmother’s kitchen. She has grown that organization to become a nationally recognized therapy center for children with autism.
     
    Jill Scarbro is a board certified behavior analyst. She is the founder of Community Autism Resources and Education Systems (CARES) and CEO of Bright Futures Learning Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s in Behavior Analysis.
     
    Jill lives in Winfield, West Virginia, where she is partner to Tim and mom to Caroline and Garrett.
     
    Over the next 9 minutes, you will discover why Jill Scarbro is one of the wisest people I know.
    Resources
     
    Jill Scarbro on LinkedIn
     
    Jill’s company Bright Futures Learning Services
     
    Inc. Magazine story on Jill landing SBA’s top honor
     
    Thank-You to Our Show Sponsor Jarrell Black
    Our friends at Jarrell Black encourage you to keep growing and seeking wisdom.  
    Jarrell Black is pleased to serve small business clients from offices in Dublin and Mount Vernon, Ohio and its headquarters in Teays Valley, West Virginia. To learn more, visit online.
     
    Stay Connected with Us
    Twitter @themainthingpod
    Instagram @themainthingpod
    Facebook - @TheMainThingPod
    LinkedIn - The MainThing Podcast
     
     
    Credits
    Editor + Technical Advisor Bob Hotchkiss
    Brand + Strategy Advisor Andy Malinoski
    Public Relations + Partnerships Advisor Rachel Bell
     
     
    Ready to Help Support the Growth of this Podcast?
    Become a subscriber. Share the podcast with one or two friends. Follow us on social media @TheMainThingPod Buy some Main Thing Merch from our Merchandise Store. Become a patron of the show and support us on Patreon with funding. Buy a book authored or recommended by our wise guests on BookShop.  
     
    Content You Will Enjoy in This Episode
    [00:00:01] - Intro and welcome
    [00:01:50] - Brief bio for Jill Scarbro
    [00:03:11] - Jill reflects on winning the top honor from US SBA
    [00:03:55] - Growing up in the coalfields of southern WV; her early learning struggles
    [00:05:00] - Jill’s vision for a career of helping kids overcome challenges
    [00:05:30] - How Jill and Skip are connected
    [00:06:32] - Jill reveals her Main Thing; unpacking the meaning
    [00:07:59] - Jill shares a personal example of how she’s applied her Main Thing wisdom
    [00:09:30] - Jill confesses that she really does want to save the world
    [00:10:12] - A day in the life of someone who is on the autism spectrum
    [00:11:40] - Perspectives: neurotypical thinking compared with neurodivergent thinking
    [00:12:45] - Thank you and so long for now
    [00:13:22] - Outro

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

R.L. Shawver ,

Amazing Podcast

Skip does an AMAZING job at helping people find the main thing!!

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Excellent

I love the format and the content. Well done!

MarkSwags ,

Wisdom from Skip and Jeff James

Skip, this podcast is inspirational. Thanks for doing this. I loved hearing both you and Jeff sharing on the podcast. Brought back great memories (and wisdom) from the Create crowd. Way to go, brother.

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