Catalyst Dallas: John Maxwell – Lessons from a lifetime of leading

Be Present




  1. Get a personal definition of success.
    1. Maxwell’s definition for HIS personal success (this doesn’t mean it should be  yours)
      1. Knowing my purpose in life
        1. What are you passionate about? (this is about 75% of the equation to determine your purpose)
        2. What are my gifts, abilities, and strenghts? (this is about 25% of the equation to determine your purpose)
      2. Growing to my maximum potential?
        1. Growth is not an automatic process (death is, everything else is intentional)
        2. Pause allows growth to catch up
      3. Sowing seeds to benefit others
        1. If you help others get where they want, others will help you get where you want.
  2. Intentionally add value to other people everyday
    1. If I am going to do this, then I have to value you.
    2. If I don’t value you, then I will eventually de-value you.
    3. Who today can I add value to, how can I do it?
    4. You can’t add value to those who you don’t value.
  3. In giftedness and abilities work on your strengths, not your weaknesses.  In choice work on your weaknesses.
    1. “God is never going to hold you accountable for a gift you do not have.”
    2. On a scale of 10, in matters of choice you can go from 1 to 10 quickly, in ability you can only go up between 1 and 3 points
  4. Follow the rule of 5.
    1. Get a goal.
    2. Everyday do 5 things that will help you accomplish your goal.
    3. Compounded success
    4. Maxwell on writing books
      1. Everyday I: read, write, file, ask questions, and write
      2. Not all day, just everyday
  5. Trust God everyday with your lunch.
      1. The story of loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21)
      2. If you trust Him with your lunch it will only be a matter of time until you trust Him w/your life.

Catalyst Dallas: Intro

Be PresentWell everyone, i’m back and thankful to be so. Well, last week was Catalyst Dallas and I was somehow (thanks to Mrs joshbjones) able to attend this year.  With that being said, I am now back to the normal daily grind, and have decided to offer my notes from this years conference as they may be helpful to others. So, my plan is to post notes from the main session for a speaker a day for the next several days. Once that is finished, we’ll see about the labs. On the next post I will start with John Maxwell as I haven’t found his talk covered elsewhere yet. Kent Shaffer has already posted some great notes if you want to check them out. I will cover the same talks, but i’m always up for sharing someone else’s content. Great job Kent! Thanks for being so helpful to all of us.

Be Back Soon

Hey folks.  Just a quick update that our server crashed.  We’re working as hard as we can to recover from the failure.  We should be good to go soon.  I’ll give everyone an update once I know more.  Thanks for reading and being involved everyone!!!  Hang in there!  We’ll be back up soon

Steve Jobs:Multiplied X 4


At Conversatio Morum, we look at a lot of things, a little different. The reason for this is that we’re always tying technology to missiology. How does technology and what you’re doing with it affect your mission? How does your theology allow you to use your technology to better fulfill your mission? With that in mind, just like everyone else, there needs to be at least one post about Steve Jobs recent passing. So this is it. There may be more, there may not be, but at least there’s this one.

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What Ought We To Do: Part 1

Here at Conversatio Morum, i’m always looking into culture for what needs to be disregarded, what can be redeemed, and what is a reflection of our Creator. Due to this, there will most definitely be some things that are said here that are more radical than others and you may or may not agree with some of those things. You may, or may not, agree with what’s said here. It may make you angry and you may, or may not, continue to read this. I’m ok either way.

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Facetime Lies 2

A few weeks ago I had a posted about Facebook, FaceTime, social networking and how it has the proclivity to trick us into thinking that we are maintaining actual relationships well, and starting new relationships well.  Ignoring the irony behind the fact that you are reading this on a blog post that was both Tweeted AND posted in Facebook, the problem is Continue reading “Facetime Lies 2”