Podcast: The Amateur Society – Getting Help Making Tough Decisions – 05.06.2019

2019.05.07

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another discussion about decision making! When do we enlist the help of external resources to make decisions? Should we seek advice and counsel more from open source info and other people? What difficulties may arise from including others in our decision making? This conversation explores many important questions that motivate us to be more thoughtful about our decisions so that we’re less inclined to be on autopilot. We must own the responsibility for our decisions, so we must practice thinking about them clearly. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society! 

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Podcast: On the Objective – Homesteading And Preparation Roundtable 7 – 05.03.2019

2019.05.03

Join your host Steven Menking as he welcomes James Walton, Joe Prim, Ryan Buford, Blue Shepard, and Jordan Smith for another powerful roundtable discussing preparation and homesteading. Our conversation this month focuses on actions that each of our participants have taken over the course of their lives that have led to great impact. Join us for anecdotes about actions that turned out to be more significant than originally thought, regrets about not taking action when presented with an opportunity, and lessons about encouraging others to take action in their own lives. Thanks for joining us On the Objective!

James Walton

Prepper Broadcasting Network: https://prepperbroadcasting.com/

Joe Prim

Website: https://www.vigilantwolf.com/

Ryan Buford

The Next Generation: https://prepperbroadcasting.com/the-next-generation/

Blue Shepard

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE2tGl-LNXnj2al7eF8w7cg
Email: theplatform.tbs@gmail.com

Jordan Smith

A Family Affair: https://prepperbroadcasting.com/a-family-affair/

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – When Should We Concede? – 10.29.2018

Resign

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about when to concede. Typically this word invokes images of quitting and giving up, but the definition belies more nuanced scenarios. We explore what it means to concede by looking at the more structured example of a chess match before turning to personal, subjective circumstances. There are times when conceding is appropriate and even necessary. How we deal with these moments will depend on how well we examine our worldviews on an ongoing basis. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – When Should We Compromise? – 10.22.2018

Handshake

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about when to compromise. It is clear that never compromising or always compromising isn’t a successful strategy overall, but there are many more nuances to finding the proper balance at first glance. Ultimately, our worldview will provide the value structure that will frame these important decisions. What happens when we hold two absolute positions and face a decision that forces at least one to be compromised? How should we approach the process in general? We hope you are encouraged by this conversation to explore your worldview and its implications further so that your decision making can be more transparent and consistent. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – When Should You Double Down? – 10.08.2018

TwoPaths

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about the decision strategy of doubling down! While the primary definition of ‘double down’ comes from blackjack, the concept is also applied in contexts beyond gambling. The group discusses the definition and function of doubling down, when doubling down is beneficial versus harmful, unconsciously doubling down, and how to think more constructively about our decisions. This discussion exemplifies the type of valuable conversations that take place every week here. Hopefully you find it as helpful as we did. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!


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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Evidence And Explanation In The Fake News Era – 08.21.2018

Books

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about evidence. We have a tendency to believe that we are rational, that our beliefs are well-supported by evidence, and that we make decisions according to sound principles. However, more often than not we end up taking action based on whit, whim, instinct, and gut feeling. There isn’t enough time in the day to rigorously evaluate every decision, so we use heuristics and hopefully stumble into a result that isn’t completely disastrous. On this episode we talk about standards of evidence and how we evaluate the best explanations for said evidence. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Understanding Expectation – 07.09.2018

Waiting

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about expectation! We all have a standard idea of what it means to expect something or to have an expectation, but when we ask a few questions about the definition, word usage, context, and worldview applications the topic opens up into a deep and interesting area of inquiry. We have greatly enjoyed these discussions over the past month about celebration, frustration, curiosity, and now expectation, and we thank you for your participation and feedback. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Healthy Decision Making – 06.11.2018

Health

Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about health! We all typically understand the common sense wisdom about eating properly, exercising regularly, and being mindful of our physical condition, but why does it seem perpetually difficult for many to make those choices consistently? The worldview aspect of these questions is somewhat ambiguous, so it falls largely to the levels of values and priorities. We hope you enjoy this chat about personal decision making anecdotes and core principles that are useful in all situations. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!

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Enough Is Enough – Steven Menking – 06.10.2018

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Enough. It is enough…

Please take three minutes to read everything.

We must reason together now. God has called you to live in this generation. He has made you for a specific purpose. Do you know what it is? Do you know that He has called you to live a supernatural life and to bring glory to the name of Jesus? Are you pressing into the Lord for the strength and faith to live according to His will?

Enough of the bickering. Enough of the personalities. Enough of the division. Enough of the selfishness. Enough of the nonsense!

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters: choose this day whom you will serve and waver no longer between two opinions. Is God who He says He is? Are you who God says you are? Who is more likely to be right, you or God?

We live in a pivotal moment, and we all have both the potential and the duty to glorify God through our decisions and actions. Right here. Right now. Every day. All the time.

We don’t take that responsibility seriously. We fight against ourselves. We scheme for our own benefit. We ignore evil all around us. We absorb an interesting hypothesis and then fit all the evidence to support it. We could never be wrong. We delight in viewing others as ignorant. We turn away from the lost nearest to us. We aren’t praying like we must. We aren’t in the Word like we must. We aren’t worshipping God like we must. We aren’t living like we must.

We must open our eyes fully. Not only to become aware of pervasive institutional corruption along with unabashed evil birthed and maintained by spiritual wickedness, but also to understand that we are responsible for every single decision we make. Moreover, we are responsible for what we choose not to do.

Enough of not taking our responsibility seriously!

For those who are not followers of Jesus: today is the day of salvation. Cry out to Him and receive the free gifts of salvation, the Holy Spirit, and newness of life.

For those who are feeling overwhelmed: press in to the Lord and be overwhelmed by His presence. Jesus has overcome the world, and if we are overwhelmed by Him then the world loses its hold.

For those who are down the rabbit hole: just because something is possible or corresponds to your preferred theories doesn’t mean that you close yourself off to other explanations.

We must get this right. Right here. Right now. Truth matters.

Don’t take your responsibilities lightly. We will be held accountable for it all. Everything matters to God. How are you spending your time? What manner of words are you speaking? Are you consulting and following the Holy Spirit? Have you completely surrendered to God’s will? Do you trust His timing?

Enough of the vitriol. Enough of the cowardice. Enough of the unforgiveness. Enough of the ineffectiveness.

Enough is enough!