Jordan Raynor - Master of One, Redeeming Your Time; Grant Writing Simplified Podcast with Teresa Huff, Episode 97

Master of One: The Role of Excellence in Our Work [Episode 97]

“In order to have a fulfilling career, the path to happiness for ourselves is serving others through the ministry of excellence, and that comes by making choices about what you’re really going to get great at in this particular season of life.”

Clarity Is the Key to Unlock Mastery

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of clarity. Before we can be effective in our work, we must a) be clear ourselves, and then b) be able to clearly convey that to others.

Today’s guest is on a journey to gain clarity so he can serve with excellence. You’ve heard me mention him several times on the show and I’ve often recommended his book Master of One. I’m honored to talk with Jordan Raynor, author, entrepreneur, and podcaster. He is passionate about the idea that our work matters for eternity, and he’s on a journey to help others discover how they can best serve with purpose.

Jordan shares so much wisdom for doing our work with excellence, setting clear goals, and growing a team. 

You’ll find this interview inspiring and challenging to keep pursuing your path to mastery. 

Pursuing Excellence

Jordan shares some incredible nuggets. We cover:
  • Mastering one thing well instead of spreading too thin across many things
  • The importance of clarity
  • When to pivot vs. when to persevere
  • Setting goals and collecting data to help make decisions
  • OKR = Objectives and Key Results goal-setting framework
  • Challenges of growing a team
  • Getting the right people in the right seats and the importance of having A+ talent on your team
  • Advice for those looking for clarity and purpose in their work
I appreciate Jordan’s encouragement and down to earth advice for finding clarity and focusing in on the right things. 

Challenge Question:

Jordan and I talked about several key areas in order to master our one thing well. Which one do you need to focus on the most right now?

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Meet Jordan Raynor

Jordan Raynor helps Christians respond to the radical, biblical truth that their work matters for eternity. He does this through his bestselling books (The Creator in YouRedeeming Your TimeMaster of One, and Called to Create), podcast (Mere Christians), and weekly devotional (The Word Before Work)—content that has served millions of Christ-followers in every country on earth.

In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which Jordan previously ran as CEO following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in The White House under President George W. Bush.

A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their three young daughters. The Raynors are proud members of The Church at Odessa.

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