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#59 Taryn Voget “Discover Your Genius”

January 16, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Today I’ll be visiting once again with my friend, Taryn Voget. Last week Taryn and I talked about loving yourself and putting yourself first.

Toward the end of the show Taryn brought up a recent opportunity she had to lead a small group of co-workers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on How to Discover Your Genius. The little workshop was a hit and is now being requested by several teams in the foundation.

Obviously, the thought of everyone having a genius within captured my curiosity. So I asked if Taryn if she would be wiling to come back to do another show and give tips to me and our listeners on how each of us might discover our own genius.

Before we bring her on, let me tell you a bit about the everyday genius. Taryn Voget is the CEO & cofounder of the Everyday Genius Institute, an education company that deconstructs how geniuses think, and then teaches their strategies to people who want to shave years off their learning curve on topics important to them. She is an expert in Genius and High Performance thinking and lights up when she can help people discover and expand their own unique genius.

Taryn believes that everyone has a genius and today she will tell us the process she uses to help us Discover Your Genius.


IMPT NOTE: Tune into 35 minutes and 25 seconds of the interview to listen to Taryn deconstruct our Producer Paul’s discovery of his genius. Great stuff.


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The Power of Powerlessness

January 14, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

I am altogether prepared to admit my powerlessness over all aspects of my life.

Truth: I am altogether prepared to admit my powerlessness over all aspects of my life, especially the ones for which I have little or no skill. But there is a solution. It is a 12 Step mantra that we are powerless over our lives and that we must depend on a higher power. Now, that Higher Power may be God or the divine or the universe or your muse. For me, most likely it is “the divinity resident in all that is seen and unseen.”
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#58 Taryn Voget “Putting Yourself First”

January 9, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Today I’ll be visiting with my friend and, whom I call, my spiritual guide, Taryn Voget.

A bit about Taryn Voget: Taryn is an Executive Coach to high-level professionals, which today includes folks at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Pretty cool work. She devotes the bulk of her energy to her passion of helping people discover and live a life that really matters. She is the founder of the Everyday Genius Institute and her most recent book, Trust Fall.

I must say that Taryn has impacted my life in several significant ways. In fact, I began this podcast by following Taryn’s prompting. And now, doing this show is always of the highlights of my week. I love it.

Today I want to pick Taryn’s brain on what may be the controversial subject of Putting Yourself First.


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Religionless Spirituality

January 6, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

“We are moving towards a completely religionless time; people as they are now simply cannot be religious anymore.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1944

You can only imagine my surprise at reading these words by one of the most profoundly influential Christians in modern history. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the leading writer on Christian Discipleship in the 20th century, wrote of “religionless Christianity” only months prior to his Nazi execution (at 39 years old) for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944.

The Problems with Religion

Author/philosopher Ronald Osborn, in an article titled, “The Church in Crisis: The Religionless Christianity of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” writes… “Bonhoeffer [considered]… the irrelevance of religion to the problems facing most men and women.”

It is my belief that the problem with most faith traditions lies not so much in the “faith system” itself but rather in the man-made institutions that guide congregations. Too many religious leaders believe they are the direct representatives of God. They are men (and now women) that believe they have the right to dictate how their followers/believers should behave and even how they should believe.

The consequences of such “leadership” have too often resulted in the likes of The Crusades, The Inquisition, and now, Terrorism. But just as troubling to me is their meddling with our freedom to personally listen to the Spirit of the Holy and to follow the ideals of God as God leads, not humans.

An Alternative

So what is the alternative? Am I advocating some kind of withdrawal from churches and mosques and temples? Obviously (I think) I am not some suggesting the people should cease their relationships with their own “houses of worship.” What I am suggesting, however, is that you and I pay more heed to our gut and the leading of your God as you discover God in prayer and in your sacred writings.

In the last year of his life (1944) Bonhoeffer wrote…

“During the last year or so I’ve come to know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of Christianity… By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities.

Speaking to Christians (but applicable to ALL religions) Ronald Osborn writes the following…

“Bonhoeffer challenges us to consider that Christ is now paradoxically to be found at the margins, in desolate places, and in and among “secular” people, who in certain ways stand closer to God than the religious themselves.”

What Then?

What is left if not freedom? Freedom in the divine. Freedom to choose your beliefs and behaviors. Freedom to let God be God.

But remember: with freedom comes responsibility. In my mind the only real overarching responsibility is to love. As Jesus said, the entire Bible is summed up in the commitment to (1) Love God, (2) Love people, and (3) Love yourself. (“Love your neighbor as yourself.”)

It is not about religion. It is about the relationship you have with God, with people and with yourself.

With the Freedom to Choose

Comes Great Responsibility

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Wells of Life

December 30, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 1 Comments

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it sure helps, unless… the effort is takes to make it and then keep it coming becomes so stressful that you end up frightful and anxiety ridden. Then, money only buys you misery.

Why are Poor People Happy?

I think that might be part of the reason that many of the very poorest of the world—people without running water or electricity or sanitation—can also be some of the happiest people in the world. I know it sounds illogical but those of us privileged enough to visit the rural areas of third world countries have unanimously drawn the same conclusion. It is truly baffling.

The first time I visited rural Uganda was one of the most life-altering experiences of my life.

I was with a group of new friends in the regions of Mubende and Mitiyana visiting the clean water wells we helped build with the non-profit, Wells of Life. For a mere $6000 Wells of Life can construct a “bore hole” (read “well”) that will provide water to 1000+ people for twenty-five years. One of the beauties of WoL is that the entire $6000 is allocated to the well. No money is withdrawn for administration. (WoL raises administration funds through a separate and distinct fundraising campaign.)

The Gift of Humility

No one returns from a trip to rural Uganda (or any third world country) the same as they left. The ever-so grateful and joyful residents mark you deeply for life. I’m sure nothing has impacted me more.

I walked away humbled by families in the deepest of poverty yet possessing the luxury of happiness in the midst of their adverse squalor. What is it that makes them so content with what they have and then be immensely grateful for what they are given? I don’t have a good answer. But this I do know, it’s not all about money. Something else is going on. Is it love for the family? Is it the ability to be satisfied with a simple meal and the love of others in the community? I don’t know.

But, when 1 in 5 children under 5 will die from drinking contaminated water I can say this for sure, clean water is life and it most certainly contributes to the happiness I’ve been pondering. To date Wells of Life has provided clean water to more than 300,000 Ugandans, saving the lives of 35–40,000 children under 5. And in 2018 the organization will begin what is called a WASH program that teaches villages the basics of cleanliness and sanitation.

To Serve or Be Served

Do you ever wonder about the meaning of life and your personal purpose on this planet? Have you asked yourself what it would take to make you a happy person? Obviously I ponder these questions regularly. It was Aristotle that is credited with saying, “the purpose of a person’s life is to contribute to the value of society.”

Is that what it takes to make you and me happy? I believe making a difference on this planet is wrapped up in giving and serving. Jesus said, “It is better to serve than to be served.” I know I am at my best when I help others and I’m sure the same is true for you.

Wanna Help?

So allow me to give you an opportunity to serve some kids and families in Uganda. As I write this, Wells of Life is just $29,000 shy of reaching their 2017 donation goal of $1,000,000. A mere $6.00 will provide clean water for 1 child in Uganda. And any other donation to help us make our milestone goal would help protect the lives of hundreds or thousands in rural villages.

This blog will be posted on December 30, 2017. If you are so moved you can go to to make a donation. And if not WoL, there are plenty of organizations that would appreciate your help as they serve the needs of the most needy.

It Really is Better to Serve

Than to Be Served

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