Work Life with Adam Grant (Podcast Review)

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Happy Resource Friday!

Today we look at another podcast! This podcast will help you master the simpler aspects of your job so you can become an expert in your field — all through the podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant.

Adam Grant is a psychology professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. If you’ve ever binge-watched TED Talks on You Tube, you might have watched his viral talk about what makes someone an original thinker. It’s a very entertaining watch.

Grant’s a multiple New York Times bestselling author. I have read one of his books, Originals, and thought his perspective and his research on what makes someone an original thinker was incredibly applicable. He not only breaks down original thinkers at their core, but he also gives his readers a list of ways they can become original thinkers themselves.

This all sets the groundwork for an excellent podcast.

WorkLife with Adam Grant

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Grant’s podcast is called WorkLife with Adam Grant and tackles the how-to of loving the career you have. Here’s the introduction to the podcast straight from TED’s podcast page.

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

From http://www.ted.com

In this podcast, Grant leads the listener through topics like “How to trust people you don’t like” to “Networking for people who hate networking.” He invites experts to give their opinions and research on the topics. He also gives the listeners specific action points for improving themselves in that area.

You won’t be bored

Grant is a researcher at heart, but the way he communicates his findings is just as important to him. I found his book, his TED talk, and his podcast very entertaining! He is certainly an original thinker himself and it shows through his creative method of communication.

The podcast is also in an easily-consumable format — around 30 minutes and perfect for the commute to work!

I highly recommend his podcast!

what podcasts do you listen to?

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-Caleb

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Abortion Is a Heart Problem and It Takes a Change of Heart to Stop It

With the new abortion laws passed in the state of New York, there has been an unbelievable influx of pro-life/pro-choice posts on social media. People are on fire about this topic. Most people try to convince others that their viewpoint is right. Everyone’s got reasons. Everyone’s got arguments. But we can’t do anything to convince someone one way or the other.

Let’s set the stage

I’m pro-life. Thus, I disagree with the act of abortion. Biblically, I see evidence that from conception, a baby in the womb is a full-fledged human being (e.g. Jeremiah 1:5). It doesn’t make sense to me that we would set someone’s personhood based on their physical location (in or out of the womb).

It doesn’t make sense to me that we would make rather shallow excuses about the quality of life a child would live if he or she were born. Just because a child wouldn’t have the life that all children deserve, somehow we think no life is better.

It doesn’t make sense to me that abortion is legal and yet, if a criminal murders a pregnant woman, he or she will have two counts of manslaughter placed on his or her record.

I believe every single life has equal value — white, black, Christian, Islamic, young, old, born, and unborn. We’re all made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

It starts with perspective

It really does. If a woman believes that life begins at conception, that changes everything (at least it should) because now she has to consider another human life.

If a woman believes that when pregnant, all she has in her uterus is a clump of cells, I get it. I would be furious if that is what I believed and people were trying to regulate it. If that’s what you believe about pregnancy, I understand why you would have a problem with pro-lifers.

It starts with perspective.

It ends with the heart

During the past two weeks, I’ve wanted to write something on this. I wanted to write a big blog post that changes people’s minds — one that helps people understand and appreciate the significance of life. Then I read a section of scripture a couple of days ago that changed how I thought about the whole subject.

It was from Exodus 15-17. God had just delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt by using a man named Moses. Through an unbelievable display of power and providence, God destroyed the entire Egyptian army in the Red Sea. The Israelites were safe and praised God for His deliverance.

Then the complaining started.

The Israelites were thirsty and found a pool of water but it was bitter. God made it sweet. They were hungry and God provided manna for them every morning. They were thirsty again and He gave them water from a rock (a rock!). They faced opposing nation after opposing nation and God led them to victories time after time.

And yet, they complained the whole time. They said to Moses

Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger. (Exodus 16:3)

It didn’t matter how God protected and provided for them — they still thought they’d be better off back in Egypt as slaves. This reminded me:

People will believe what they want to believe. 

It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be illogical and irrational. Even when presented with facts, people are stubborn (me included, by the way!). It’s a heart problem.

The solution

People have historically had a heart problem. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the human race has had a heart problem.

In His word, God says

Ezekiel 36:26:

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

We must stand for what is right and fight for those who have no voice. By all means, speak up! Do something! God is a God of action and will work through you even in the smallest of ways.

But remember, it’s a heart problem. It takes prayer. Only God can change the hearts of those who have influence over legislation in this space. Only God can change the hearts of women who plan to abort their children (pray for them because James 5:16 says that the prayer of a righteous man has great power). Only God can give people a heart of flesh. Only God can bring people to Him.

I disagree with abortion and those that support it. I mean, I’ll still be friends with those who do. I’m friends with lots of people that are fine with abortion. But I am praying that God would change the hearts of this nation. I’m not going to pretend I know all the factors in every abortion situation. However, I do know that everyone deserves a chance at life, even when that chance isn’t under ideal circumstances.

Abortion is a heart problem. Not only does it stop a heart but it takes a change of heart to stop it. 

What are your thoughts on the subject? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Please, be civil.

-Caleb

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Why I Don’t Live a Life of Great Faith

As my economics professor spoke to our class, she taught us a very simple principle: opportunity cost. 

That is, for every opportunity that an individual takes, there is something for which they’re missing out. If a man purchased a sports car, the cost may be that he lost the opportunity to put a downpayment on a house for his wife. Sorry, but that white Corvette with accents of black looked so good.

It’s the same with time. If a student chooses to watch a college football game on a Saturday afternoon, the cost is that he (ok, it was me) loses the opportunity to prepare for a test on Monday. This raised an important question recently.

What is the opportunity cost of not following God and living a life of great faith?

Bailey and I have been reading a section of the Bible almost every day for the past year and a half. The other day, we read through Hebrews 11 which was a bit of a coincidence because the book I was reading at the time was Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.

I’ve told many people that this has been the deepest book I’ve ever read (aside from the Bible). It discusses quite a bit about faith and how our faith grows as we experience God firsthand.

Check out Hebrews 11:32-34,

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

It documents the acts of many men and women of faith. These people accomplished absolutely unbelievable things because of the work God did in their lives.

It made me realize that I don’t think I am living a life of great faith. 

I have a good wife with a good job and a good apartment. I don’t have issues at work. I don’t have many stresses personally. We don’t have financial difficulties. But almost nothing in my life requires great faith.

I know for a fact that I’ve become comfortable. That’s what scares me because in Sunday morning Bible study this week, we talked about the danger of comfort and where that can lead us in our personal and spiritual lives.

I think of myself as being an introvert. So staying comfortable in what I know is important to me. But regret takes so many people at the end of life and the last thing I want is to see the opportunity cost of my decisions to not live a life of great faith.

One thing that God spoke to me as I was reading Experiencing God was this: potentially the reason I do not feel like I live a life of great faith is because I am missing opportunities He gives and missing His voice on a regular basis. 

I am trying to combat this by God’s grace and with His strength. One way I am doing this is by getting up early with Bailey to read our Bible in the morning (when we’re more alert) and invest a bit of time in prayer. My prayer is that we open our hearts to God’s work and that He brings opportunities that require of us great faith. And if this is a training period for something bigger, so be it.

How do you listen to God? What are you doing right now that requires a great amount of faith? Just comment below and I will engage with you!