#98 Austin Hedges: The Tension Between Contentment and Self Improvement

January 29, 2019 by Charlie Hedges − 6 Comments

Show NotesĀ 

Boy do we have a special show today. Our guest is one of my very favorite people on the planet. It’s my son, Austin Hedges. Austin is an expert on our subject today, which will be all about the tension between finding personal contentment with your life and the other side of a never-ending desire for self-improvement. Are the two compatible? That’s what we’ll talk about.

You know, I had never even really thought much about the subject until Austin brought it up to me in the last couple of weeks. After a bit of consideration, it truly is quite a vexing tension. I can’t wait to discuss it.

Just briefly, let me explain why I think Austin Hedges happens to be an expert in this subject. Austin’s job description is one in which employees are never supposed to be satisfied or content with their performance. He is a professional athlete as the starting catcher for the San Diego Padres. Improvement is always expected. Is it possible for a professional athlete to be content and still seek to improve?

Let’s see what Austin has to say.

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6 thoughts on “#98 Austin Hedges: The Tension Between Contentment and Self Improvement”

  1. Memorable and impressive discussion. Austin is so thoughtful and articulate. A couple of items to add to the discussion if you have not seen this video it seems to cross the barrier by using rigorous processes to help excel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49p1JVLHUos
    Austin and a client of mine, Dan Mann, who is a well known board designer have much in common and could take this discussion to the next level. Here is a podcast with Dan. https://www.theinertia.com/surf/firewires-dan-mann-doesnt-want-to-be-found-but-i-found-him/
    Thanks for the very enjoyable discussion .

  2. Hi Charlie!
    Apparently the Lord wanted me to hear this one. Austin was “reading my mail” as the old saying goes. Such a challenge to really trust God sometimes when we feel performance is so critical to our peace and joy. I’m right there right now. Thanks to you both for being a blessing! Loved the father/son interaction. and insights.

  3. Charlie and Austin…thank you! Thank you! Great conversation from a dad and his “old soul.” (I agree with that tag!) It reminded me of Dallas Willard’s wisdom: “Arrange your days so that you experience total contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God.”

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