Book Reviews

We all have feelings of inadequacy. Many times I have this fear, that someone is going to show up at my door and shut it all down.  They will tell me that I’m not qualified to write about leadership, or to host a podcast, or to build websites or mobile apps, or to teach.  And it will all be over.  Everyday, at some point in that day, I suffer from feelings of being unqualified to do the work that I know I’m meant to do.

Sometimes I let mistakes that I make, thoughts that I have, and my feelings get in the way of my work.  I’ve come to learn that these feelings and thoughts are normal.  We all, at times, have feelings of inadequacy.  We all have fear of missing out and fear of not being good enough.  That’s fine.  But leaders, do it anyway. Sometimes its hard to do what you know you need to do, because you feel a249f41cb483ca4ed5b3a8abc32f3f17“Unqualified.”  But aren’t we all?  Am I qualified to talk on Technical Leadership?  I guess so, but I wasn’t always.  I had to start somewhere.  I mean, is an author an author before he publishes his first book?  Is he qualified to be called an author?  No, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become one.  Leadership is the same way.  Even if you’ve never been a leader before, you can start now.  You don’t have to be “qualified.” to lead, you just need to start leading.  This book by Paster Steven Furtick, my paster and lead paster of Elevation Church, reminds us how throughout history God has used unqualified people do amazing things.  Its an inspirational book that just reminds us of many different people that had flaws and imperfections and glitches.  He talks about how the character Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck it Ralph had a glitch, maybe was a glitch, but that glitch is what made her great.  She was successful, not in spite of her glitch, but because of it.  We’re the same way.  God had put things in our life that only we have experienced in a unique way.  We have a special perspective that may really resonate with someone and help them out in a way that no one else can.  Basically, this book shows us how the things that make us unqualified to do great things, may actually be the things that make us great.

Stepping outside of the book and taking its meaning into technology, Let’s take Steve Jobs. Many of the things that made him not a great techie, such as his love for fonts and design, helped him take personal computers main stream, by making their user interfaces beautiful. Steven Jobs dropped out of school, but dropped into classes on design.  He didn’t have the education and technical programming skills of someone that should be qualified to run a computer company.  But what he had, was exactly what was needed to make Apple a household name.

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April 27, 2016

AGL 027: Unqualified by Pastor Steven Furtick | Book Review

We all have feelings of inadequacy. Many times I have this fear, that someone is going to show up at my door and shut it all down.  They will tell me that I’m not qualified to write about leadership, or to host a podcast, or to build websites or mobile […]
January 7, 2016

AGL 020: Richard Branson’s ‘The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership’ Book Summary and Review

I loved this book (click here to pick it up for yourself).  It took me a few weeks to read through it all, but I really enjoyed the wonderful stories that Richard Branson tells about his experiences in Entrepreneurship and leading the Virgin Group. He breaks down the book into […]
May 15, 2015

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek – Book Review

  To listen to the podcast where I review this book, click here. In this book, Simon Sinek tells the story of Johnny Bravo, a military pilot and how he risked his life to defend ground troops in battle. He uses this story to illustrate the idea of the “Circle […]
February 15, 2015

Must Listen to Audiobooks

Here are my must listen to audio books. Let me know what you think?    
January 20, 2015
Surviving a 5K Race

Surviving a 5K Race: Get Running in 6 Weeks

Every wanted to run a 5K?  This book is for you.  FREE today through Jan 24th on Kindle.  Paperback edition is normally $9.99.  Click here to download it!
April 18, 2014
Crash The Chatterbox

Book Review – Crash the Chatterbox

Crash the Chatterbox By Steven Furtick This is the 3rd book by Steven Furtick that I’ve read in the past 2 years.  His other 2, Sun Stand Still and Greater were excellent, so I came into this with high expectations. Crash the Chatterbox is a book about hearing God’s voice […]