As I travel more and more, I am meeting more people who are out there living and loving life. These people inspire me and I want to tell you about them in hopes that they’ll inspire you too. Here are this weeks spotlights:
I’ve known Mike since 2002. We got to know each other a bit when I was working at Relevant. However, in the past year or two, I’ve begun to take notice that Mike has the unique gift of casting vision, rallying people and empowering them to make a difference in their own way. How inspiring, huh!
As a co-founder of XXXchurch.com, Mike has gone on to start several non-profits (linked below) and is one of the lead guys at PlainJoe Studio’s; a creative company that does visually compelling work. Truth be told, I really admire Mike’s passion and spirit. If you’ve ever had a chance to hang with him, you’ll know what I’m talking about. He’s likable and always makes you feel as if you’re long lost buddies.
Mike on the interweb:
- www.deadlyviper.org is a leadership initiative dedicated to beginning a strategic conversation on the issues of radical integrity and grace
- www.junkycarclub.com is dedicated to living with less so we can give more. They’re a bunch of happy drivers who are politely rebelling against consumerism by selling their expensive cars and driving junky ones.
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Chris at a local event. I have to be honest, Chris was one of “those” social media guys who, back in the early days of Twitter, drove me crazy. In fact, I think I’ve unfollowed him once or twice before. Today, I sing a different tune.
After meeting, listening and reading through his book, blog and Twitter, I can honestly say that no other
person in my social media circle is challenging me more than Chris is today. This guy knows how to not just make people feel good about themselves, but he’s genuinely interested in making sure people feel included, appreciated, encouraged and empowered. Chris will tell you that he’s not a religious guy, but as I told him the other day, he’s the most non-religious pastor I know. Friends meet, follow and watch Chris closely. You won’t regret it.
Chris on the interweb:
- Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust (Amazon.com link)
I’ve never met Carlos, but everywhere I go, he somehow appears on my radar. From what I can tell, Carlos is another one of those guys that radiates passion, is incredibly gifted and is clearly an influencer. His blog, RagamuffinSoul.com is a hot spot for many. He describes his passion like this: “To ignite a movement of authenticity among all generations of Christians that morphs the face of the evangelical church into a place of being real with yourself, others, and God.” Clearly, he’s focused, on a mission and will not stop at anything short of his goal. Personally, I find him inspiring and motivating. He’s a hustler and will give guys like Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) a run for his hustle.
Carlos on the interweb:
So who do you know that’s doing it right? Leave a comment then tell your blog readers about them. We all want to know!