Redefine RichIs it possible to humble yourself with confidence?

And what if living a rich life is more about your heart than your bank account?

These are the kinds of questions that I and my special co-host for this episode – Andy Traub – Ask our groovy guest, Matt Ham.

Wait. What? Co-host?!

Yep … I'm continuing my experiments on Smart and Simple Matters and got a great idea for some co-hosted episodes from my pal, Jared Easley of Starve the Doubts.

So don't be confused when you hear Andy opening up the episode. He's a total pro at co-hosting and really rocked this for us.

We kept the spotlight on Matt, though, and his storytelling had us captivated. I don't want to give it all away, but Matt has a lot of experience with inner conflict and adversity – stage three cancer, for example – that gives him a powerful lens to share his experiences.

But here I am, writing about what it means to live a rich life, and remembering something Matt told us in this episode:

It's easy to write about something. It's a whole different ballgame to try and live it. – Matt Ham

You won't want to miss a second of this one, folks.

You're about to Learn …

  • How you can change the world without a wallet or bank account.
  • The one book you can't put down until you're totally done.
  • How the death of Matt's Aunt Trish changed him (and will change you).
  • What the surprising #1 dysfunction of a team is.
  • How 0.2 millimeters of skin might have saved Matt's life.
  • Why infertility challenged Matt so much (and how he was redeemed).
  • How gratitude takes root and outgrows your invasive thoughts.
  • Why Andy and Matt believe God has a great sense of humor.
  • How to “humble yourself with confidence.”
  • Why Matt's shattered baseball dreams now lift him up.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:


  • [03:09] Matt's seeds of awesomeness
  • [05:08] What being and feeling rich means to Matt
  • [07:54] How Matt has handled his cancer at a young age
  • [11:49] How gratitude plays into the rich life
  • [20:27] The principle of “compound opportunity”
  • [26:39] How richness has a foundation in being broken
  • [31:39] How to “humble yourself with confidence”
  • [38:18] Where to learn more about a rich life

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