Why Less Is More Every Time

Three Examples of Focus as the Key Ingredient to Success

People think they need to be more, do more, or have more to be successful. But that’s not how life is. Focus is the key ingredient. And focus means priorities. That’s why less is more every time.


You don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do everything all the time. And you don’t have to have more to be all you can be. It all comes down to your priorities.

Here are three examples where focus is the key ingredient to success.

The Top 5 Must Read Christian Leadership Books

If you have a hard time finding time to read good books, then this is the list for you. These are the top 5 Christian leadership books that you must read—if you read no other in this genre.

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I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading leadership books from a faith perspective. Since we have more than 3,000 books in our house, it’s hard for me to narrow down any top 5 list.

After going through my books, here is the list of the top 5 Christian leadership books you need to read.

The Top 5 Business Books Christian Leaders Must Read

As a Christian leader, you are pressed for time for reading. But if you read no other books, these would be the top 5 business books that you must read.

top 5 business books

I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading business books. Given that we have more than 3,000 books in our house, I had to think hard about that list.

After going through all of my business books, here is the list of the top 5 business books every Christian leader needs to read.

The Importance of Incremental Improvement

How do you get better at what you do? You don’t have to change yourself in a day. All that’s necessary is incremental improvement. Just one step at a time.

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Remember Aesop’s fable about The Tortoise and The Hare? It’s not about being the fastest. It’s about consistently getting better.

Here are three ways you can focus on incremental improvement in what you do every day.

The Power of Focus: Just One Thing

Our culture today will tell you that you need to do everything so that you don’t miss out on something.  But you will get more out of life when you focus on one thing.


Today our culture has Fear of Missing Out (FoMO).  There seems to be an insatiable need to be doing everything all the time.  Constantly checking social media while you’re doing other things. Getting your kids involved in every activity in their school years.  Trying to become more marketable by becoming credentialed in multiple areas.

But that’s not how life really works.  You get more results, rewards, and recognition when you focus on one thing.

The Difference One Person Can Make

As we’re trying to figure out how to live life, one person can make a huge difference.

We wrestle with questions of self-worth.  We wonder which paths we should take.  We worry about how our lives will turn out.

Even though we all have the same Scriptures to lead us—and we all can pray for direction—one person coming alongside us can make life easier to navigate.

Here’s how one person can make an impact.

Four Key Ceremonies for a Boy on the Path to Manhood

When does a boy know he’s a man?  When his father—or another man—tells him so.

There is no biological point in a boy’s life when he knows he’s become a man.  He must be called out of boyhood and into manhood by another man.

Why so?  Sociologist Stephen Clark says it well.

Men assume social responsibility most naturally and effectively when (1) it is clear to them that the primary responsibility for the well-being of others rests on them and that others are relying on them, and (2) when they have been trained from an early age by the men in their lives to recognize and assume that responsibility faithfully.

When I was preparing the path for my sons to follow, I consulted an oldie-but-goodie: Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis.

In his book, Lewis details four rights of passage for a father to commemorate with each of his sons on their journey to manhood.

How to Satisfy the Vital Longings of Your Soul

Interview with Daniel Henderson, Strategic Renewal

Daniel HendersonDoes your life ever feel like a jigsaw puzzle—where the pieces don’t fit together?  Daniel Henderson can relate.

Daniel wanted answers to the deep questions that would really change the way he lived his everyday life.  Out of his own quest, he wrote The Deeper Life: Satisfying the 8 Vital Longings of Your Soul.

He’s also written five other books and pastored three churches.  Now he’s the president of Strategic Renewal, which exists to ignite personal renewal, congregational revival, and leadership restoration.

Daniel and I connected by phone recently.  Here’s what he had to say about how our theology affects our identity, which in turn impacts our purpose.

How to Choose Between Good and Best

We all have to make choices between good and best.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

As with Robert Frost’s famous choice, our choices depend on our priorities.  But how do we decide our priorities?

Here are three things to consider as we choose the path forward.

How Would Jesus Vote?

Interview with Dr. Darrell Bock, Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary

Darrell BockIf Jesus were to enter into the American political debate, what would He say?  And if He were to cast His ballot in November, how would He vote?

That’s the question that Dr. Darrell Bock has answered with his newest book, How Would Jesus Vote?, which comes out May 17.

Dr. Bock serves as the Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of Breaking the Da Vinci Code.

I caught up with Dr. Bock at Proclaim 16.  Here’s what he said about How Would Jesus Vote?