Book: Misfits Welcomed by Matthew Barnett

I am finding the best audio books to enjoy are the ones where the author shares lots of stories. It’s like being able to sit with them personally to hear all that has happen in their life.

I saw Matthew Barnett tweet about his new book, Misfits Welcomed a while back and left a comment, “Can’t wait for the audio book.” I’ve heard different parts to his story about how he came to Los Angeles to build a church and end up pastoring the homeless living on skid road, poor immigrant families, drug addicts, run aways teens and so many people that society gave up on.

I knew this book would be full of powerful testimonies of people who came out some dark times. What I didn’t expect was to learn so much about serving others and the joy it brings to ones life. I love how encouraging Matthew Barnett was, he made me believe I too could have an impact on others, if I just listen to the voice of God giving me one of those crazy idea to be generous to others and to embrace my misfit self. 

Quotes from the Book

Love finds a way. Love opens the door to dreams that could never come across our minds with out it. Love is the greatest factory of ideas. My prayer used to be, “God teach me how to be creative.” Now I pray, “God teach me how to love.”

[Lessons from running the LA Marathon] That 6 mile stretch taught me everything I needed to know about perseverance. I started to think about all the things that could go wrong, than I stopped myself and said, “Don’t let fear multiply, you’ve come this far, go all the way.” It was the most difficult, but yet the most liberating experience in my life. I decided this victory will be the launching pad to crushing fear. The finish line wasn’t just an end to the race, it was an end to this torment to fear.

People can change and anything is possible, because God is in everything. We really believe our community can changed, and many think we are crazy. We are proud to carry the label of people with unrealistic expectations.

When a misfit becomes activated in faith, they often have no idea that limitations are even there. The joy in being a part of God’s plan ignites a fire in their soul to do something great. 

There is potential in people who society would label as misfits, instead of looking at people as victims with nothing to offer, try telling them that great things are still attainable. Confront people with the possibly of achieving great things.

If people can’t understand your positive expectations for humanity, you are probably a misfit. You have misfit expectations compare to the skepticism of the age in which we live.

The message of Christ was made to go where it doesn’t traditionally fit in…The message of Christ is lived out through the transformation of his people. Sunday morning church is not the decision spot for the church, but the launching pad of inspiration for what we can be and do Monday thru Saturday.

God has placed you somewhere you have unique influence to share his love. Yes, you. You have influence somewhere that no one else has. My advice is to live intentionally about your influence and be confident in the one who loves you, and the power your influence can have in the lives of others.  

Inward living produces outward devastation. Outward serving produces inner joy.   

Serving has never left me empty but always filled. I found the more time I have to look inside myself, the more time I have to feel cheated, victimize, and self center..The thing I got going for me, is I know what to do when life becomes all about me – Jump into someone else need.

Serving is not always a strategy, an idea, its a way of life. Its a way of treating people, a way of encouraging.

What made me believe every word of this book was the on time I saw Matthew Barnet at a Dream Center Outreach. He wasn’t the super star pastor but he was among the crowd enjoy the day, talking to people and being one of the kids. I even doubted it was him because no pastor would be here on a hot summer day, at a little city block outreach like this. haha. Serving is not always a strategy, an idea, its a way of life.

Book: Making Ideas Happen

We’ve all heard, “Fake it until you make it.” Well, I’ve never been a good actor and my awkward facial expressions revile I haven’t a clue what I’m doing.

Last month was one of the most challenging at work, our conferences demand innovations, creativity, and meeting tight deadlines. I found myself with a large work load which for a second I allowed myself to get overwhelmed. I started to ask the questions, “What would I do if I were a creative director? How would I lead my team of designers and other visual communicators? How would I approach clients with ideas instead of waiting for them to give me the answers?”

I began to search for more insight on line and found, Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. I bought the audio book so I could listen while I worked. It gave me great insight that I wasn’t the only creative who was going through what I was facing. Many big corporations and marketing firms where facing the same issues, “How can we make creative ideas happen? 

It was nice to learn how to be a creative director. I never thought of myself as one, but the more I listened I saw I had been organizing creative ideas with my team for the past year. Here are some of my highlight notes.

Creative plus structure and organization equals impact
Ideas = impact

When having brainstorm meetings leave with action steps. Each person needs to own their action steps, have everyone repeat them back to be sure they understood.

Capture ideas by creating a place where you can save references, ready for you when you need them. I started to save images of instragram photos I really like for later inspiration. Blog: Be Deliberate with Instragram 

Create your “to-do list” with action steps using a verb: ex: capture new footage and delete off SD card.

Write awaiting if it includes another person’s responds. Use the word Insure to remind yourself the task isn’t complete. ex: awaiting video approval, insure Jane approves before it’s uploaded.

Share knowledge with your team: Email team to submit leadership, marketing or production article or podcast: something they learned or that’s interesting.

Have a back binder idea list, maybe now isn’t the time for the project, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be used for the future. 

Get action steps from team confirmed, so you know it’s understood it

Idea: Create an energy line on a white board, create note cards listing projects and place on a line of urgent, importance, future. 

Challenge meetings: this doesn’t make sense, why are we doing this..

Make the changes in the beginning of the projects and not during the project’s launch 

Celebrate progress when task is complete

Idea: Post it note to do list

Allow your team to get in the zone. A good sign is head phones. 

Organization is a major force into making ideas happen

All fantastic ideas for leading a team of creative with major projects that have heavy deadlines. After all was done, I saw myself in a new light. I just added another skill to my resume of life. I later heard a teaching from,  Paul Scanlon who is a pastor in the UK say, “Dress for where you are going… The movement beginnings inside you first.”

After completing the book, I was able to approach stressful situations with an idea of what to do, what to say and what ideas worked best for my team. I was also able to empower those who where making large decisions it was okay to experiment and try different things out.

So I encourage you. – Give your self a promotion and start dressing for the part.

 

Lead like The Experts – Book: EntreLeadership

Its funny how a random conversation can lead to a life time of change. When I was new to the video department at my church, I had a conversation with a co-worker in the break room about my current challenges. I had no idea how to lead and I was now overlooking a new editor. She told me to read John Maxwell’s Learning the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. After completing the book, it dramatically changed the way I understood leadership and I made it a life time habit to read about leading.

I look at reading books is another way of being mentored by the successful and wealthy. This week, I completed Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership audio book. I was encouraged to impart leadership skills in my team mates. It was interesting to learn how Dave, a very successful entrepreneur, leads his company. The book taught how to delicate successfully, trusting your team mates and handing off responsibilities with strategic planning and training. As soon as I completed the book, I met up with my team and applied the new principles. The outcome was amazing, it was as if I knew what I was doing.. and thanks to all the books I’ve read, I now do!

Leading like an expert requires willingness to never stop learning and putting to practice what you learned.