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Launch: The Day After of Origin Stories: The Rise of Ministry Man

The Day After Launch

The day after a launch can be a double-edged sword sometimes. In one moment you feel a sense of peace and release and on the same hand you feel a sadness that what you were building up to may be over.  You spend a moment early in the AM collecting your thoughts remembering that feeling you had when the first person said "hey, I preordered your book!" to the scary pit in your stomach when you realized that they were actually going to read it.  

That sense of dread is the same feeling a parent has when they send their kid out on stage or the sports field of their child's choosing to measure themselves against their peers in full view of a watching audience.  But, that small moment of dread faded to a new sense of excitement because "I know what is next and you don't."

My Origin Story was only the beginning...

When I first sat down 6 months ago and uttered the phrase "I am going to write a book" it was followed up with a second sentence "and so should guys."  That sentence was directed to the gentlemen across the table from me.  A group of individuals I called to meet at a coffee shop one morning and spun a crazy idea of building something completely different than any of us had built together before.  A business that would take the knowledge, beliefs and core principles we had learned over our many years as entrepreneurs and deliver it in a compelling way to those who needed guidance.  

Two of those men stepped forward and their Origin Stories are almost complete.  I am excited to be a part of their journey and share what I have learned in these first few weeks with stepping out first, communicating a vision of how I see the world of business and being a resource for those thinking of doing what they love to do occasionally the main pursuit of their passion.

So, when?

Someone once told me that "Life is not a sprint, its a marathon."  That sounds lovely, but honestly I have learned that it is more a series of sprints separated by periods of reflection and readjustment.  While we wait for our two authors own individual stories to come, we have something else coming and you can only guess what it is... 

I will let you know soon.  Till next time DE Community!

Origin Stories: The Rise of Ministry Man (The Foreward)

FOREWARD

After I finish reading Origin Stories: The Rise of Ministry Man, I am happy to report that the stories and insights held within I have personally witnessed in the author’s life these past 15 years.  Daniel Gourley is one of the most creative and dynamic people that I have ever known, and it has been exciting to see this creativity, vision and passion he has for people summarized so nicely in the pages of this book.

Over the past 5 years, I have seen Daniel display each of the core principles he talks about emphatically in this book.  I have seen the good times and the joy that success has brought as well as the hard times that all of us entrepreneurs have been through on the road to building a business.  One thing that I know to especially true about this book is Daniel’s value for the people he employs and the customer’s he serves daily.  I have witnessed firsthand the community that has been built internally in his business at 5 Words Media and externally amongst his customers, most of which who have become life-long friends.

I would charge you to dig deep into these pages.  Every question that is asked is intentionally focused at you building a business that has no place for average.  The business that Daniel has built and calls for you to build will truly change your world and community you find yourself in.  So, strap in and get ready to step inside the mind of someone who has managed to stitch together a winning formula for creating a business centered around service, passion and honor.

Kevin Lawrence
The ROCK Group

“Be fearless as a kid.”- an Entrepreneur’s life in baseball.

Fearless.  When I was 11 years old, I was part of a baseball team that was getting ready to play the National Little League championship game. It was a warm day with sunny,blue skies. It was humid, but there was a light, cool breeze. The stadium was packed and I was warming up with my teammate, right in front of the stands. As I glanced over, I could see people looking for their seats, buying from vendors and kids going up and down the stairs. I could hear the fans rooting for us, saying encouraging words. I could also see people just having conversations while waiting for the game to start. But a statement from one of those conversations happened to catch my ear, and until this day, has stuck with me.

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