Justin Zoradi believes with the strongest conviction that without exception, we were made for these times. That means you – and it means me. But many of us wonder how that can be true when we are saddled with self-doubt and the haunting voices of failures, abuses, and regrets from the past. Justin has a contagious and unique way of describing his belief – and you’ll enjoy hearing him explain it as he and Dane discuss the purpose every human being is intended to make in the world, on this episode of Converge.
In the end, we are all our own worst enemies
As human beings, it’s true – we are often our own worst critics. The things we say to ourselves, in our own heads, are enough to discourage anyone regardless of background or upbringing. But Justin has discovered that when we are able to battle those voices of inner criticism and doubt effectively, a powerful force for good is unleashed on the world. That force is us. Find out how Justin has focused his efforts around this belief and the ways it’s impacting the world, on this episode.
Beating the comparison game: They have their story and I have mine
It’s been said that the tendency to compare another person’s success over a long period of time with our own lack of success when just starting out, is one of the biggest mistakes we make as human beings. That idea sparked a question in Dane’s mind that he was eager to ask Justin: What tools has Justin found to help him fight the comparison game effectively? Justin’s answer was simple and powerful. Any time he’s aware that he’s beginning to compare himself to someone else, he repeats this phrase over and over as needed, “They have their story and I have mine.” Find out how this simple truth sets Justin free from the trap of comparison, by listening to this episode.
What will it take for you to believe you are made for these times?
Behind Justin’s conviction that every person on the planet can make a powerful positive difference is a foundational truth: nobody was created by accident or without purpose. That means that even the timing of your birth and the place where you live are “positionings” that have inserted you into the world in such a way that you are able to make your unique impact. You really should hear the way Justin explains it in this conversation. It’s well worth the time it will take you to listen.
Ordinary is powerful. Don’t listen to the voices that tell you differently
As this conversation came to a close Dane asked Justin what he would say to the person who feels that they are nothing special, that they are just an ordinary person living an ordinary life. His response? Ordinary is powerful. Nobody in history who has made a significant difference started out as an above-average person. They had to fight their way up, through self-doubt and discouragement to become the powerful force they are known to be in history. The same will be true for all of us ordinary people – because we were made for these times.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:21] How Zealots get a bad rap – and how the upset they cause leads to so much good
- [1:25] Why Justin Zoradi should be on your radar
- [4:56] How Justin struggled through personal doubts to find a purpose that matters
- [10:12] Beating the comparison game, even when it comes from well-meaning people
- [13:52] What does it mean to be “made for these times?”
- [19:13] Justin’s encouragement to those who feel quite ordinary
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- Fastermind LIVE – find out more
- Andrew Garfield
- Don Mclean song: “Vincent”
- BOOK: 12 Rules for Life
- Joseph Campbell
- Donald Miller
- The Hero’s Journey
- George Gerbner’s “Mean World Syndrome”
- BOOK: Amusing Ourselves To Death
Jason Zoradi’s Resources
- Justin’s How To Start a Fire Course – it’s free! Sign up to be notified when it’s ready
- BOOK: Made For These Times
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