Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast, Ideas! My first guest is Bob Goff, who I consider to be one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. I wanted to have him on the show, not only because I want you to get to know him better, but because he is one of my favorite storytellers. We had some good laughs and he had some wisdom to share because he has lived life to the full, and now has some awesome stories. I hope you enjoy our conversation and walk away encouraged from Bob’s outlook on life. You can listen by clicking on the player below:
This project is all about impacting the lives of children in Gulu, Uganda and encouraging them to dream. What we need from this is backing for $30,000 to build a school.
Here are the individual expenses it will take to build a classroom building:
Hydraform Bricks: $9000
Veranda and Pillars: $3000
But, even when we raise this money, we still can’t do it on our own. That is one reason I have chosen to do this through Restore International. Restore’s goal is to bring hope, justice, and restoration, which is a mission that I believe all of us can rally behind and they are doing just that. My goal with teaming with Restore International and Bob Goff is to not only bring awareness to the needs of the children of Gulu, Uganda, but the need for us as individuals to begin putting leadership into action.
You see, no matter where you are at today, you can make a difference. Here are two short videos showing you the real difference we can make:
There are many leadership lessons that are learned through living life to the fullest, and that is exactly what Bob Goff has taught me through living his life that way, every single day. Love Does by Bob Goff is an excellent read full of inspirational stories. Bob is an excellent storyteller, completely transparent, and has obviously lived a life full of excitement and adventure. Through reading the book, there are several things I learned about leadership, just by reading Bob’s stories. I enjoyed how he uses life lessons to deliver a message that desperately needs to be heard.
“I used to think knowing God was like going on a business trip with Him, but now I know He’s inviting me on an adventure instead.”
Leaders are spontaneous adventurers.
The whole book is filled with stories of Bob’s childhood, college years, and adult life, in no particular order. I will try not to spoil it for you, but in one particular adventure he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with leaders of other nations. I hope to be able to take my own kids on spontaneous adventures similar to this. Even if we don’t cross the ocean, I look forward to those last minute decisions that cause us to pack up and just leave.
“I used to think I needed an invitation to get into most places, but now I know I’m already invited.”
Leaders are great storytellers.
There is a reason this book became a New York Times Bestseller. Bob does an excellent job of portraying every story. He paints a picture so vivid that it brings you into his life at the time. He does this to create an image to best deliver the message which is portrayed in scripture. Except, he doesn’t have to use scripture to get the message out. If there is one sure way for a leader to get their message across, it is to put it into a story, people will relate to stories.
“I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.”
Leaders are transparent.
I don’t believe that any of the stories of Bob’s life are made up or even exaggerated. He simply tells us about some of the crazy and exciting things that have happened to him throughout life, and the events that eventually shaped his legacy.
“I used to be afraid that if I was authentic I might take a hit, but now I know that being real means I will take a hit.”
Leaders put the best interests of others first.
Bob is the founder and CEO of Restore International, a non-profit dedicated to securing a better future for the children of war-torn Uganda. These are not his own kids, or even those of close friends or relatives. They live in Uganda, thousands of miles away. Bob found an outlet for his creativity and talent, and is using what God gave him to make an impact not only on the local community, but in the lives of those who desperately need it the most.
“I used to think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it.”
Love isn’t meant to be talked about, or dreamt about; it requires action. That is what Restore International and this book is all about. Taking action. “God usually chooses ordinary people like us to get things done.”
What will you focus on this year to put love into action and impact the lives of those who need it?
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[box]We recently teamed up with Bob Goff and his organization Restore International to build a school in Gulu, Uganda. Click here to find out more information on how to make this a reality.[/box]