Podcast Parade: Permanent Equity and Chris Powers
Building Exceptional Teams and Creating an Operator Mindset (plus a bonus recommendation)
First, before I explain why I loved this episode, I have to share the key resource this episode let me to.
It was this podcast that introduced me to the phenomenal and life-changing book Sacred Pace: Four Steps to Hearing God and Aligning Yourself With His Will by Terry Looper.
Here’s the summary of the book, that you should be reading right now:
At just thirty-six years old, Terry Looper was a successful Christian businessman who thought he had it all—until managing all he had led to a devastating burnout. Wealthy beyond his wildest dreams but miserable beyond belief, Terry experienced a radical transformation when he discovered how to align himself with God’s will in the years following his crash and burn.
Sacred Pace is a four-step process that helps Christians in all walks of life learn how to
slow down their decision-making under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
sift through their surface desires and sinful patterns in order to receive clear, peace-filled answers from the Lord,
gain the confident assurance that God’s answers are His way of fulfilling the true desires he has placed in their hearts, and
grow closer to the One who loves them most and knows them best.
I found that by reading Sacred Pace I was both convicted and also immediately helped with how I went about approaching and thinking about decisions. It’s less about his specific “process” and more about the principle of slowing down when we often want to speed up as leaders to solve the issues in front of us. We’re problem solvers, but the tension we need to live in is that in order to really solve things or make good decisions — we have to slow down.
Why I Loved This Episode:
I think in particular, I was struck by the vulnerability Chris exhibited — but also how much I resonated with his journey as a business leader. Although his journey included a commitment to Christ, the processing inside of tension that led to heart-change and business-change mirrored some of what I’ve gone through and continue to go through.
I dropped this note to Chris:
Chris — your episode on Permanent Podcast + your interview on your podcast with John Marsh had me constantly pausing to take notes. I’ve recommended your Permanent interview to multiple people. I so resonated with your journey of going from it being the “me show” to allowing my business to be transformed by Jesus — yes, even a Chick-fil-A franchise owner needs it. Appreciate your vulnerability. Super encouraged!
Speaking of the John Marsh episode, that in and of itself is a world-class listen. John is full of folksy yet practical advice and ways of thinking. I was so encouraged by this conversation.
Top Quotes from the Episode:
"I really do believe in the power of relationships, and I think it's one of the most important things that we can do in life."
"I've always been somebody who likes to take calculated risks."
"I think that the most important thing that we can do as businesspeople is just to be really transparent and straightforward."
"I think one of the most important things in life is just being patient."
"We're really investing in people as much as we're investing in properties."
"I think that in life, if you're not growing, you're dying."
"I think real estate is one of the most stable asset classes that you can invest in."
"We're always looking at ways to manage risk, and I think that's just a key component of investing."
"I think discipline is one of the most important things in investing."
"We have a responsibility to give back to the community."
"I think the more that we can give to others, the more we get in return."
"At the end of the day, relationships and trust are the most important things in life."
"Gratitude is just the foundation of everything that I believe in."
"If you want to be successful in anything, it's just about surrounding yourself with good people."
"Life is all about the relationships that we build, the people that we help, and the legacy that we leave behind."
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