#130: Doug Smith on The Top Lessons He Learned in 2016

By January 16, 2017Blog, Leadership, Podcast

In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug Smith shares the top lessons he’s learned in 2016.

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #130: Doug Smith on the Top Lessons He Learned in 2016

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #130: The Top Lessons I Learned in 2016


Notes: Top Lessons Learned in 2016


  1. Family
  2. Confidence
  3. Calling/Dream
  4. Business
  5. Leadership
  6. Dealing wth People
  7. Money
  8. Enjoying Life

1.) Lessons Learned About Family

Don’t give away your influence as a parent -Dan Dupee

If you have children, they must come first. You must hug and love them. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but in your house.” -Barbara Bush

The most important thing you do may not be something you do, but someone you raise! -Andy Stanley

The greatest regret you’ll ever have is not being present when you’re kids were little -Pastor John

Don’t let something as menial as ministry take your family – Kenneth Hagin

Don’t think your family can survive on auto-pilot – Christ Camp

Your children don’t miss you at 5 a.m., they do at 6 p.m. – Greg Weimer

2.) Confidence

You can waste opportunities because of your insecurities

  • Never find happiness in other people’s heads!  -Pastor John

Reflect on Why You’re Not Confident

Build your own legacy

Don’t find security in following other’s ministry, do your ministry! Have confidence in living in your own calling! -Pastor John Nuzzo

Find out What God Put in You

I am on an endless pursuit to discover everything that God put in me. -TD Jakes

People never out-perform their self-image!

It’s Not About me

I’m Making a Bigger Difference than I think I am

God rarely allows a soul to see how great a blessing he is. -Oswald Chambers

3.) Calling/Dream

Make Sure It’s God

“When what you do matters to God, you have a partner, when what you do matters to you, you have a problem. -PJ

Don’t ask God to open doors of opportunity, ask him to close all doors except the ones you should go through. -Denny Pattyn

“May all of your plans be frustrated, your hopes thwarted, desired withered to nothing, so you may know the poverty, powerlessness, and sing and dance in the love of God.” -Doug Bradbury

4Dream Big and Go For IT

God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity that we only plan the things we can do by ourselves. -Tozier

Dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them. -Tommy Barnett

When people hear your vision, they should see the largeness of your God. –

Remember who You Rely On

Lord, I need you, every hour I need you. -John Guest and Bishop Zubick

Grace will take you places hustling can’t! – Liz Gilbert

Joseph learned that progress only occurs when God orchestrates it. He understood that self-promotion can never replace divine promotion! -Spiritual Leadership

Don’t Quit

Nevertheless, I persevered because I believe God called me. -Brian Houston

4.) Business

Think Big

What would 10xing this look like?

If you have a 10 year plan to do something, you should ask, why can’t I do this in 6 months?

Be bold, tweaks never changed the world – Craig Groeschel

Average didn’t seem interesting – Greg Weimer

Decide if You’re for Real:

Likes don’t pay bills, sales do!

#1 struggle for companies – They don’t charge enough!

Help People

The fastest way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people!

Success is not complicated, just start with making 1,000 people very happy! – 1,000 True Fans

People being used the most by God equip people, resource them, and want no credit for it. -PJ

5.) Leadership

Leadership Matters

  • “God, why did your mission come down to the effectiveness of leaders? I don’t see a better investment than investing in leaders.

Do not take lightly your call to leadership

Leadership Stinks Sometimes

  • “This will be a really great experience for you…” – Hard challenges
  • You’re a QB in the red zone – The stakes are always high and you always have to lead and go back into then huddle!

Leadership Requires Followership

Submission isn’t sexy

Every good young leader should spend at least 10 years making your boss look good. -Matt Chandler

6.) Dealing with People:

There are people designed by God to help you fulfill your calling! -PJ

    • Your leadership impact will be determined by the people you empower
    • Eagles don’t flock, you have to find one at a time
    • Failure to delegate is poor stewardship of the human resources God’s provided!
    • How can young leaders grow unless delegated to?
    • Leaders who develop leaders ask for great commitment! Ask people to step up! Acquaint them with sacrifice! The more you develop yourself as a leader and invest in people, the greater pool of people you’ll have to choose from!
    • Never say someones no for them
    • You don’t have enough energy to focus on those leaving and those coming, focus on those coming – Jay Passavant

People Need to and Deserve to Know where they Stand – Always Be Honest

    • The worse thing I can do for someone as a leader is not let them know where they stand and to not let them know where they need to be
    • It’s cruel and unusual punishment for people to not know how they are doing. -Craig Groeschel
    • We will ALWAYS let you know where you stand. Anyone can walk in anytime and ask where they are and we’ll tell them. Don’t waste people’s time. -Andy Toole
    • If you need people, you can’t lead people! – Maxwell

Value Everyone, You Never Know who God will Use to Accomplish Your Mission

Don’t rule people out. Perhaps the very person you need to go where God wants you to go is the exact opposite of what you’d have in mind!

  • It’s dangerous when you start viewing people as interruptions, Jesus worked through interruptions
  • Don’t be fooled by the packages people come in. Be blessed with some unlikely leaders!

7.) Money

Greed is a Big Deal and it Must be Dealt With

  • “Jesus taught about greed more than sex and yet nobody thinks they are guilty of it.” -Tim Keller
  • Proverbs 23:4 – Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.
  • Proverbs 28:22 – Greedy people try to get rich, but don’t realize they are headed for poverty
  • Never ever ever ever ever ever sell out for money! -Pastor John

Set a standard of living and give away the rest

Recognize What Money is not:

I have a deeper appreciation for what money isn’t than for what it is! -Clint Hurdle

Most people are not money motivated, they are lack of money motivated! It doesn’t take much to get to $100,000/year. -John Rosso

Recognize what Money is: A Tool to Help Others

God to PJ – Don’t talk to me about money, if you knew how much I love people you’ll never think about money. I didn’t die for money, I died for people.

 8.) Enjoying Life

Sometimes you need to stop and smell the Starbucks – Jeff Leake

Often the pressure we feel comes from assuming tasks that God has not assigned. For such tasks, a leader cannot expect God to supply extra strength!  -Spiritual Leadership


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