The Welcome (or “Happy Birthday to Me”) Post

Welcome! I’m really glad you’re here.

This is *officially* the first post here at the recently overhauled blog, and I am incredibly stoked and grateful you’ve dropped by.

This site – in all its future glory – will have:

The foundation of RELEVANT Magazine, the tactical and motivating personal & professional development posts of The 4 Hour Work Week, with the unconventionalist-ness of The Art of Non Conformity. [1]

I have yet to find a blog or thought leader that has all of the below:

1. high-quality, highly-actionable content in the realm of business/marketing/entrepreneurship and personal development that left me on fire to go into the world and kick ass,
2. with a beautifully designed reader experience,
3. AND is written from a Christian worldview perspective and foundation.

That last one is the kicker. I’m a complete info-vore and have found countless personal and professional development blogs that are inspiring in design and content that made me insatiable for more content. Yet I have not come across one of these resources that paves the way from a servant-leadership perspective.

None aptly blend the excitement and practicality of business/career/personal development resources with the foundation of a Christian worldview.

We can all agree, as one of my favorite thought leaders on Christian worldview, Nancy Pearcey, writes:

“Our vocation and professional work is not a second-class activity, something we do just to put food on the table. It is the high calling for which we were originally created…our sense of fulfillment depends on engaging in creative, constructive work”

Pearcey continues, “…practical fields are not religiously neutral; they are shaped by fundamental assumptions about reality just as much as any other area of life.” [2]

Thus, “practical fields” like business and marketing should be viewed, not as a separate compartment of life, but as an extension of who we are as children of God.

I understand that this idea of Christian worldview is often polarizing, can tend to conjure images of intolerant picketers or stanch haters, but before you hit the back button or head back over to Buzzfeed – hear me out.

What if you don’t share the assumptions about the Bible being an authoritative revelation from God? Or better yet, maybe you appreciate the bible in some ways, but you don’t necessarily trust it on the subjects of “practical fields” like business, leadership, and marketing? I would encourage you to visit us again before you write this all off as right-wing-woo-woo mumbo-jumbo.

Statistically speaking, as an American, you do identify as a Christian or have your religious beliefs rooted in Jesus Christ [3][4], and I urge you to give us a try before you hit that unfollow button. :)

Over the years, weighing the experiences I’ve had, and through my own research and continued education, I am increasingly “convinced that biblical principles are not only true but also work better in the grit and grime of the real world,”[5] regarding matters of business, leadership, and personal and professional development. 

Chances are the content here will strike a cord, and will be of value to you – both tactically and spiritually. 


The When:

Starting in September 2014 I will be publishing posts every Thursday. 

The Why:

The enduring purpose of this site is to share high-value lessons and tactics, display my life’s work, and have a beautiful medium for creating and sharing knowledge.

Sincerely, I think you will drive massive value from the coming articles and resources you’ll find here and on the VIP content newsletter.

And because recently I officially entered my late-20s (Happy Day of Birth to Me!), and feel life has given me a decent experience roster from which many lessons have been learned and need to be shared.

See you soon. 

Live on,

Dan LeMoine

Post Notes

[1]RELEVANT Magazine: “The magazine on faith, culture, and intentional living.” http://www.relevantmagazine.comThe Four Hour Work Week and Blog of Author Timothy Ferriss: “Experiments in lifestyle design.” http://www.fourhourblog.comThe Art of Non Conformity Blog: A home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.” http://www.chrisguillebeau.com

[2] [5] Quoted from Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey. Underlining mine.

[3][4] Anywhere from 77% to 83% of Americans identify as Christian or having their religious beliefs rooted in Jesus. Source for these stats: http://www.gallup.com/poll/159548/identify-christian.aspx & http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=90356

 

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