Chad Smith () is the CEO and co-founder of HumanWealth Partners. He is a dad, entrepreneur, and spiritual guide living north of Boston on the Massachusetts Seacoast. He’s a former pastor and former Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Development.
As the CEO of Human Wealth Partners — a boutique firm specializing in coaching — he spends his time consulting and providing communication services. He also writes at The Human Fire, where he curates and writes on the human disciplines for human excellence.
This episode dives deep into the realms of business, personal development, and the evolving definitions of manhood in the 21st century. Chad Smith, with his diverse background as a former pastor, entrepreneur, and CEO, shares his insights on various topics including remote working post-COVID, the importance of real conversations, online communities, and the changing dynamics of masculinity.
Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Personal Life:
Transition to remote working.
Shifts in social media and digital interaction importance post-COVID.
Evolution of Online Platforms:
The transition from traditional blogging to modern platforms.
The significance of platforms like Substack in fostering discussions.
Chad Smith’s Experience with ‘Write of Passage’:
Impact on personal development.
Networking and community building online.
Reading Habits and Intellectual Development:
Approaches to diverse reading.
The role of literature in personal and intellectual growth.
Building Conversational Skills and Relationships:
Strategies for effective communication.
The role of technology in shaping social interactions.
Redefining Manhood in Contemporary Society:
Challenges to traditional masculinity norms.
Personal identity vs. societal expectations.
Embracing Vulnerability and Emotional Intelligence:
The strength in vulnerability.
Authentic emotional expression and personal development.
Business and Sustainability: The Role of ESG:
Business responsibilities in societal and environmental issues.
The evolving importance of ESG in corporate strategies.
Adopting a Mindset of Change and Curiosity:
The process of changing perspectives.
Being open to new ideas and continuous learning.
Resources and Mentions
Human Wealth Partners: Chad Smith's firm focusing on coaching and consulting. Website
“What Makes a Man?” Essay:
The Human Fire on Substack: Chad’s platform for sharing his thoughts and writings. Substack Link
Write of Passage Course: Online course for enhancing writing abilities. Course Link
Substack: A popular avenue for independent writers. Substack Website
"The Wall Street Journal": For comprehensive daily news. WSJ Website
"The Economist": Offers global perspective on current affairs. The Economist Website
"The New Yorker": Known for its arts, culture, and humor. The New Yorker Website
"Christianity Today": Christian news and viewpoints. Christianity Today Website
"The Atlantic": Features deep-dive essays and analyses. The Atlantic Website
James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter: For insights on habits and productivity. James Clear Newsletter
Allison Taylor's Upcoming Book 'Higher Ground': On ESG and sustainable business practices. Author Info
Founders Podcast by David Senra: Focuses on biographies and stories of business leaders. Podcast Link (https://twitter.com/patrick_oshag/status/1742218033932771697)
'How to Read a Book' by Mortimer Adler: Guide on effective reading strategies. Amazon Link
Ryan Holiday’s Works: Books and thoughts on stoicism and personal growth. Author Website
Permanent Equity by Brent Beshore: Insights on private equity and business leadership. Company Website
Jordan Peterson’s Lectures and Books: Discussions on psychology, philosophy, and life. Official Website