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Let’s Learn Together and Lead Together

It’s time for a change. It’s time to shake things up on this site. For the last 10 years I have been blogging in some form or fashion. I’ve blogged about ministry, being a pastor, technology, start ups, ideas, signs, communication, and my family. It’s been a blast. In fact, I even have made different top 50 lists of having the best blog in different niche communities. All of this has been an honor. Over the last month though I haven’t blogged much at all. I felt like I had lost my voice or that I wasn’t learning like I should. I wasn’t reading much or leaning into anyone very much. I took the last month to reflect and to ask the following questions and answers?

  • Is this a ministry blog? Not really. I am passionate about my faith but in reality this site doesn’t make comments about the differences in curriculum, ministry styles, or theology much. I no longer work at a church but I serve at an incredible one and speak to many pastors every week. It will bleed through but it is not the point.
  • Is this a technology blog? I would say no. I love technology and I ask the question daily, “How can I leverage technology to make a difference?” That said, this is not Mashable.com or TechCrunch.com by any means.
  • Is this a communication blog? Nope. I speak all over the nation and I have a degree in communication but that is not the focus. It is just something that I care about and hope to be an incredible speaker some day.
  • Is this a leadership blog? Possibly but it will need to be much more focused. So it is not there yet.
  • How can I be the most helpful with this blog? Be myself. I am not Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Jon Acuff, or Robert Scoble. I don’t write like Donald Miller or preach like Andy Stanley. I am a guy who grew up in Kentucky, lived in Dallas/Fort Worth, Cincinnati, OH, and now the Atlanta area. I am a dreamer, speaker, story-teller, visionary, who still believes that he can change the world. Yep, I am still naive but open to learn from every person I meet.
  • What is next for this site? I have an idea and I know a guy. If you haven’t met me in real life then you might not have heard me say those things before. Believe me though, if we do meet more than likely you will hear those words. Let’s start there.
  • If I truly am just another guy trying to make a difference how can I do that with the gifting that I have been given?

That last question has kind of shaken me at times. You see I don’t want this blog to be about me or the things I do. I want this blog to help others make a difference and highlight them in the process. So here goes nothing. The idea: Moving forward this blog will be about us learning together, leading together, and solving problems together. I know a guy: In 2005 I came across a list of books by Josh Kaufman called The Personal MBA. At the time it was around 40 books. Now his list is 99 books. The Goal: In 2014 we get through this list together. We comment on what we like and don’t like. We push each other. We may even start something or solve something as a group. There will be applications both on the business side of things and the ministry side of things. The idea is that by the time we have read all 99 books (or summaries of the books) then we have the equivalent of an MBA. Readers are leaders or at least that is what I hear. By the way there are 52 weeks out of the year. That means 2 books (summaries) a week. This week I am reading these 2 book summaries and commenting about them on my blog: 1. Brain Rules by John Medina 2. Getting Things Done by David Allen I want to thank Josh Kaufman for putting this list together and for the challenge of getting through all 99 books. Who is ready to learn, lead, and make a difference?

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36 Responses to Let’s Learn Together and Lead Together

  1. Tony K at #

    I like the idea as long as you’re promising to write more often.

    Saved the two posts you linked and I’ll read them at lunch.

  2. J.C. at #

    Your blog looks amazing! What did you do or who did it???

    And I’m going to try and work through the list as well.

    Hope to see you soon!

  3. I will be writing more for sure. Glad you are following Tony.

  4. I got the theme from WooThemes and did it myself. It was really quite simple.

    I would love for you to add post to your blog about thoughts you have about the books. That would be great then I could highlight those over here on this blog as well.

  5. Jason T. at #

    In the project I have been working on, I have practiced a lot of externalization, and I agree you get more done when you do. Thanks, Matt, I look forward to more.

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