Have you forgotten how to dream? Do you wonder what might happen if you actually pursued your dreams? God called us to have a holy imagination where we can dream and imagine a future that is better than today.
Cliff Ravenscraft, commonly known as the Podcast Answerman, shares his story of letting go of a successful career as an insurance seller to becoming a content creator. Now he wants to help thousands of men learn to dream again and pursue those dreams.
ABOUT THIS SHOW:
- Cliff shares his testimony and how he started Podcast Answerman
- Cliff reveals his passion for helping people learn to dream again, releasing their holy imagination
- Cliff unveils a vision for thousands of men and women gathering to pursue their dreams and passions
Cliff was first introduced to us by Mark Mason in episode 28: http://maninthepew.com/obesity-silent-enemy-church-mitp028/
HOLY IMAGINATION: LEARNING TO DREAM AGAIN
Cliff started his career in the family insurance business. After 12 years ago he found himself bored and needing an outlet. He discovered podcasting and it became a passion and even an obsession. But he couldn’t see leaving the comfort of his success in the family business. Until his wife gave him the ultimatum:
“Give your 90-day notice now. On January 1st you will be full-time in this business. Our kids need their dad back and I need my husband back.”
He learned the first important lesson about learning to dream:
Lesson #1: We need the support of our spouses to have permission to pursue our dreams.
The second lesson is almost as important:
Lesson #2: Surround yourself with wise counselors
Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22
Lesson #3: Form a mastermind with 4 to 5 guys who will challenge you to become your best self
Aaron Walker talked about this in episode 22 http://maninthepew.com/iron-sharpens-iron-join-mastermind-mitp022/
Lesson #4: Listen to podcasts and read books by those who have already learned to pursue their dreams
Cliff’s channel on YouTube is dedicated to helping people realize it’s okay to dream and you might be able to make a living pursuing your dream.
Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller is another great resource.
Lesson #5: Give yourself permission to dream.
God is the creator of all things and he made us in His image. Therefore, as Francis Schaefer so eloquently said:
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ABOUT CLIFF RAVENSCRAFT
Cliff is commonly known as The Podcast Answerman. He tells his story on this page on his website.
Time Stamp Show Notes
1:35 – Proverbs 15
4:00 – Cliff inspired Mark Mason to improve his health
4:40 – Baseball card stats
7:34 – Faith story
14:46 – What do you want to be known for
31:40 – Having people believe in you for you to take the next step to follow your passion
33:01 – Advice to someone who wants to make a change
40:42 – Taking God’s direction to change
42:37 – Speaking with others and seeking advice out
43:39 – How long does it take to develop resource groups
46:39 – Changing from podcasting to video
52:24 – Teaching people to dream not just podcast – Learning to dream
56:41 – Example – Email about how to learn to dream
1:00 – Where to find Cliff: Youtube.com/cliffravenscraft and https://store.podcastanswerman.com/p/newsletter
1:02:21 – Closing prayer