Ep. 93 – How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

An Interview with Jon Stolpe

This week I’m delighted to have Jon Stolpe on the show.  Jon stretched and grew from 5′ 5″ to over 6’5″ in just a short time.  STRETCH has become a mantra for his life.  If you haven’t met him yet, this is one blogger I know every smart, ambitious woman can learn from.  His honesty and humility about the pressure to be able to fulfill all of the duties we have has been a great example to me.

Jon Stolpe. Image used with permission.
Jon Stolpe. Image used with permission.

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • How we connected.
  • Why STRETCH is such an important term in Jon’s life.
  • He’s helping men around the country help improve their commitment to fatherhood, family, faith, and work challenges.  See the Stretched Men Group for more info.
  • How Jon first got to Guatemala.
  • The big confirmation that allowed him to go there.
  • Jon and his blog audience brought the finances available to build houses.
  • His book, Rooftop Reflections, shares his insight from recent experiences.

    Rooftop Reflections, by Jon Stolpe
    Rooftop Reflections, by Jon Stolpe
  • How the book, Wrecked, for something good, as Jeff Goins described, confirms what Jon believes.
  • The socio-economic status of families in the Guatemalan culture.  How widows struggle amidst the situation.
  • They have built multiple homes in Guatemala to help families of widows in Guatemala.
  • Jon’s vision to build 100 houses in Guatemala before he passes away.
  • The next step in his journey to impact families and involve the community in the process.
  • What Jon and his family would like you to do to support this cause.
  • How much it costs just to build one house for a family in Guatemala.
  • The life changes his family experienced through this.
  • Jon & his wife chose to sell their home to have more margin in their lives to live, give, and save.
  • How they have chosen to live differently to make a greater contribution.
  • “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone,”  Andy Stanley.
  • “You can be extraordinary right where you live with the people you rub shoulders with every day.”
  • Do a little better.  Stretch yourself.  Make an impact.
  • How difficult it is to translate what that experience was like.
  • The Hobbit’s parallel and how hard it is to come back to regular life.
  • You are not ordinary.  You have an amazing opportunity right in front of your eyes.  You can change the world for someone else and yourself.
  • Do something today. Cause yourself to stretch.  Become your best.