Season 1, Episode 1

DJ’s Origin Story

by | Oct 11, 2019 | Episodes, Life Stories | 0 comments

What better way to start out a new podcast than talking more about one question:


DJ explains how his past informs his present and his future.
From spending ages 10 to 18 with no electricity or running water, to becoming a successful technology consultant; and now pouring into others as a life coach, speaker and author.

By focusing on getting the LOG out of your eye before you try for the SPECK in your neighbor’s eye, you can be better equipped to Leave the World Better Than You Found It.


Transcription of Podcast

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Past from Present

09:26: You can’t separate your background from your present.

09:38: How you deal with the things in your background, and let them shape who you are, is really key.

One Step at a Time

10:06: You can always improve your situation, and you can always improve the world around you, but one step at a time.

Negative to Positive

10:40: I’m always looking to reduce negative impacts and consumption and looking for practical positive impacts.

Making Better Choices

13:13: Leaving the world better than you found it doesn’t mean you deny yourself everything. What it means is, you’re making better choices because they make sense.

Wealth as a Tool

14:14: [giving up what you have] You simply making yourself poor will not improve the world. You are not letting the world gain anything by you, simply being poor.

14:33: You shouldn’t put your trust in your wealth. That creates an environment of impact around you in and of itself, to not put your trust there, but to learn to use it as a tool.

Improve Yourself

15:19: To improve the world, you must first improve yourself.

16:50: If you want to leave the world better than you found it, you must first take care of yourself before you can properly care for others.

Plank In Your Eye

15:49: Can the blind lead the blind? Will they both not fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, brother, let me remove the speck that is in your own eye when you do not see the plank that is in your own eye. Hypocrite. First, remove the plank from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Challenge For You

17:11: I have a challenge for you. Number one, I want you to start a notepad or a journal, to either take with you, or maybe at the end of your day, like I’ve been doing, just debrief a little bit with yourself and write down some thoughts.

18:43: The first thing I want you to reflect on is, what areas of my life are obviously in need of change before I can start improving the rest of the world?

19:14: Second, what things and habits do I actually not talk about or write down or in any other kind of denial about, that actually does harm my ability to help others?

You Don't Need to be Perfect

20:13: It’s definitely time to take a step back here and really think about, okay, I don’t have to be perfect, but I also don’t have to be giving the appearance of perfection to be helpful to people.

Offending & Inspiring

21:38: will offend you. If I don’t offend you at some level, then really, I’m not reaching you and you won’t make any changes.

22:11: I’m saying that, if I can’t inspire you to challenge your current status quo, you will not leave the world a better place.

Comfort Zone

22:19: Name one person who changed the world from a place of comfort. You can’t do it. You have to get out of that comfort zone.

This is DJ at age 11 or so cutting wood. Learning that being prepared for winter by cutting wood in the summer and fall helped shape the future mindset of being prepared in the midst of crisis.

Please don’t misunderstand – DJ had a happy childhood. Sure there were challenges – but lessons learned during early life and beyond proved beneficial for later.

DJ shares how we must be prepared instead of thinking we will rise to the occasion. It is by being ready for challenges that we are also ready and prepped to think less about serving ourselves and more about serving others.

That, ultimately, is how we Leave the World Better Than We Found It!

Hosts & Guests

DJ Eshelman


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