Finding and Aligning Your Core Values with Jeff Sandquist – SASM 093
Have you ever invited someone to wander in your front door, have a good sit, and then chat about whatever the heck you feel like?
That's how my pal and this episode's groovy guest, Jeff Sandquist, met me (and he loves to tell you about it).
Jeff has been intentionally wandering his way through life for a bit and the journey has been like a roller coaster ride with no exit. Actually, our conversation is just as wild a ride … with the occasion detour to talk about what separates us, binds us, and blinds us.
You'll hear us get really real about half way through our conversation – to the point that we may have to both change our middle names to Frank.
In-between, we discussed why knowing that life is fragile is both a curse and a blessing, how to uncover your core values and live in alignment with them, when SMART goals are actually dumb, and why not all those who wander are lost.
There may even be a triumphant return of the “How Crazy Is Joel” segment and some talk about 1990s era wrestlers as well. But don't let your brain wander while listening because this episode is groovy from top to bottom.
Here are some choice snippets to whet your appetite for a wide-ranging and free-wheeling chat:
“I can’t rely on others' feedback to determine if I'm going to continue to do something or not … Instead, ask yourself: do you find value in what you're doing and does it align with what's most important in your life?” – Jeff Sandquist
“When you want someone to do something for you, ask yourself first: are you doing the same thing for others that you're asking for?” – Jeff Sandquist
“There's so much we can learn from each other without being told what to do.” – Jeff Sandquist
Buckle up, saddle up, or otherwise get yourself up for this lively and seriously frank chat!
You're about to Learn ...
- How to uncover your core values and live in alignment with them.
- Why relying on external validation is such a dangerous trap.
- How tasting life's brittleness is both a curse and a blessing.
- What to do when the world ignores the good you're putting into it.
- Why getting your mid-life crisis out of the way early is great.
- One powerful overarching theme that Jeff and I share.
- If we can settle the tension between being a minimalist and multipotentialite.
- Jeff's unique decision process to let go of what's holding him back.
- Why you don’t want to tell certain people, “Everything in moderation!”
- What happens when we eat food with no brakes.
- Why “not all those who wander are lost.”
- How to help people share their stories in their (and your) own way.
Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode
- One Word that Will Change Your Life
- It Starts with Food
- Better Than Before
- The Happiness Project
- Everything That Remains
- Escape Plan or Experience Experiment?
- No Reception: Why I Don’t Want Free Cable
- Chris Brogan: My 3 Words for 2016
Where to Find Jeff on Social Media
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Timestamps and Topics
- [06:10] Jeff's seeds of awesomeness
- [12:52] The origins and impact of Intentionally Wandering
- [21:58] How Jeff decides it's time for something to go
- [26:07] What Jeff is going all-in on right now
- [27:55] Why SASM 081 bonded me and Jeff in a special way
- [32:15] Showing up over and over when it seems the world doesn't care
- [37:54] A totally random “How Crazy Is Joel” segment
- [39:18] Back to what it means to show up when the world doesn't care
- [41:01] Intentionally wandering about bacon, wrestling, and road trips
- [43:54] Why Jeff asks “why” in his Intentionally Wandering podcast
- [45:47] A quick recap of where Jeff's been and where he's going
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