Has no one told you that before? Then let me say it another way.
You have permission to try anything, and I believe you can accomplish whatever you’d like. This is the advice I’ve given to my kids and to every young person who’s ever asked me for career advice, and now I want to share it with you. That’s why I wrote Start Next Now.
You can get it right now at StartNextNow.com for just $9.99.
In my book, I outline five steps that you can take right now toward your goal. Here’s a preview:
Step 1: Identify your next
Figuring out what you want can actually be the most difficult part of getting ahead. Don’t worry—there isn’t a perfect answer, and you can always change your answer later. If you can’t identify the big goal down the road, at least identify the next thing you want to try.
Step 2: Start doing the next thing now
It may not be possible to move directly to your goal, but you can make sure that every turn you make is in the direction of your goal. Always turning toward your goal not only keeps your goal in mind, but it also helps you acquire the knowledge, the connections, and even the vocabulary that will help you achieve your goal.
Step 3: Set yourself up for success
The way you distinguish yourself is by doing stuff. In particular, do distinct and useful activities that aren’t easily labeled. Do stuff you couldn’t represent by checking a box on a form. Do stuff that will cause interviewers to ask questions when they see it on your resume.
Step 4: Evaluate your employment
Joining an organization is like getting on a bus. Make sure you’re getting on a bus that will get you closer to your goal. There’s no bigger waste of time than riding on a bus that is going in the wrong direction.
Step 5: Reach your next milestone
Identify something concrete and specific, then start. The act of doing, or even writing about doing, the next thing will teach you things you can’t learn any other way. “Move up or move out” is a career management strategy in many large organizations, including the military. There’s no reason you can’t adopt it as your own personal plan.
I have a lot more to say about starting your next now, so visit StartNextNow.com, and get your copy of the book.
Buy the book at StartNextNow.com, and you’ll get it in all its available formats—print, digital, audiobook, ePub, and (of course) the Vyrso edition. But the digital edition is the most exciting to me.
We’ve spent the last few months re-imagining what a book can be. And the reading experience at StartNextNow.com/Read is one of a kind. I’d love to hear what you think about it.
Tomorrow I’ll take the reins of the @Logos twitter account to answer your questions from 12:30—1:30 p.m. PT (3:30—4:30 p.m. ET). You can start asking questions now using the hashtag #StartNextNow. Ask me anything!
Faithlife is your online Christian community. It goes where you go. Time, distance, and busy lives don’t have to separate you from your church or small group when you can take the conversation on the go.
Thanks to a few of our more recent updates to the Faithlife Groups mobile app, it’s even easier to keep up with the conversation in your church family. Any time you’re directly mentioned in a post, or you receive a message, you’ll feel the familiar buzz on your phone that tells you someone is talking to you.
If you’ve been waiting to join Faithlife Groups with your small group or church, now is the time. With the addition of push notifications, Faithlife Groups is even more equipped to be the ultimate church communication tool. With features like Community Notes and the discussions tab, Faithlife Groups helps you keep the conversation focused on what matters most to you. Share your thoughts about what you’re reading, and help each other stay on track with a shared Bible reading plan.
As always, if you ever think something could be better, just tell us! You can let us know on the forums, or in the Faithlife Beta group. Our mission is to serve the church, and if we can do that better, as part of the church, you get to tell us how.
Preorder Great Books of the Western World before Thursday, October 22 to get 80% off the regular price—that’s $400 in savings!
In a lifetime of reading, you could barely put a dent in the ever-growing list of the world’s books. But with the right tools, you can see the Western world’s biggest ideas through the lens of history’s most significant books—instantly.
Great Books of the Western World assembles 517 of the most influential literary works in the Western world. Coupled with Noet or Logos Bible Software, you can search all of these works at once to find out how these works have changed the way we think today. From Homer to Hemingway, Aquinas to Nietzsche, and Galileo to Einstein, history’s classic conversations now continue in your digital library.
What truly sets apart this prestigious 60-volume work is the Syntopicon—a two-volume index of the 102 major ideas that define the Western canon. Representing 10 years of research, this pivotal reference work introduces 102 major ideas and identifies every discussion of those ideas throughout the Great Books.
The 1,899 pages of the Syntopicon dig through 35,865 pages spanning over 2,700 years of literature. For reliable, scholarly research, it doesn’t get better than that. Explore what some of the most prominent writers in history have said about good and evil, life and death, religion, sin, nature, and more.
Right now, you can preorder this massive collection for just $99.99. On October 22, the price will go up to $199.99—60% off the regular price. As always with Pre-Pub, the sooner you preorder, the more you save.
Reserve your copy today.
There’s something you should know about Faithlife: we’re always improving. That’s why we have such a short feedback loop: we can hear what you have to say, and we respond directly to that feedback. Whether that happens on our forums, within Faithlife Groups, or through our award-winning customer service team.
Recently, we’ve made some significant changes to Faithlife Groups and your experience on Faithlife.com:
1. We made the site faster
Since its launch in 2012, Faithlife.com has been a massive undertaking—it’s connected to most of Faithlife’s ever-growing list of products. We’ve often called it “the glue” that links everything together. We hope that our products help you grow and learn with your church, and we’ve made Faithlife.com faster to help you do that. When inspiration hits, don’t wait to share it with the people you love.
2. We made it easier to see what’s new
Thanks to the new preview window, you can check your notifications and messages with a quick glance—so you don’t have to leave the page to see what’s new. Click on the message or notification icon to activate the preview, or click “see all” to access your entire inbox.
3. We made a new way to find your community
Faithlife Groups now has a geolocation button in the search bar. If you’re trying to find groups or people, the geolocation button lets you find the groups and people using Faithlife Groups near you.
Have you ever wished you understood your Bible better? Whether you are a Bible study leader, pastor, or just curious about exploring theology, Mobile Ed can equip you for your journey. Offering courses from today’s leading scholars, Mobile Ed provides instruction that is accessible, flexible, and designed to help adult learners grasp the material and learn on the go. All courses are powered by Logos Bible Software and include recommendations for further reading, video tutorials, self-assessments, and the opportunity to learn in community through Faithlife groups. Now is the best time to explore Mobile Ed as there are three great opportunities to get connected.
1. More than 70 courses are on sale
Time is running out to take advantage of the biggest sale in Mobile Ed history. Enjoy savings on over 70 Mobile Ed courses, including two Craig Evans courses which are currently under $35 each (The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts and Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders). With 15% off all shipped courses and 50% off the Essentials Bundle, now is the time to kick-start your Bible study with Mobile Ed. Buy now and save before the sale ends on October 16th.
2. Tremper Longman’s Exodus course is 40% off
Learn to approach Exodus from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. Explore the themes of salvation, law, and God’s presence. Dr. Tremper Longman examines the structure and major sections of Exodus, focusing on God’s activity: rescuing Israel from Egyptian bondage, giving Israel the law, and commanding Moses to build the tabernacle. This is your last chance to save 40% on Dr. Longman’s Book Study: Exodus before the course ships on October 15th.
3. George Guthrie’s Hebrews course is 40% off
Gain fresh perspective on Hebrews as Dr. George Guthrie applies 20 years of interpretation and application to his teaching on this complex and unique book. Connect the pieces of the puzzle to gain a better understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Dig into this book study and take advantage of the last chance to save 40% on Dr. Guthrie’s Book Study: The Letter to the Hebrews before it ships on October 14th.
Choose a Mobile Ed course that fits your needs. Save 15% or more when you order before October 16.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Faithlife on Monday, October 12th!
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 12–7 pm
1313 Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Join us at Faithlife’s Bellingham, WA headquarters for a behind-the-scenes day of product showcases, tours, and Q & A. Meet the people who build your favorite Bible study tools, and learn about exciting new developments in the works.
You’ll hear directly from:
Bob Pritchett—Faithlife Future Plans
Chris duMond—The Brave New World of Logos Now
David Schwegler—Mobile Development
Dr. John Schwandt—Logos Mobile Education
Dr. Steve Runge—The Value of Greek and Hebrew, Even If You Never Took the Class
Dustin Masters—Faithlife Groups
Eli Evans—What We Make is Who We Are: Our Values in Software Design
John Barry—The Story Behind Publishing at Faithlife
Kamira Rea—The Logos Desktop Development Process
Karlene Swalley—Logos Cloud
Miles Custis—Creating Mobile Ed Courses
Nick Kelly—Video and Design
Scott Alexander and Kayla Philp—Proclaim
Sean Boisen—Beyond the Book: Datasets, Media, and New Kinds of Content
Todd Bishop—Learn Logos from the Pros
RSVP at our Customer Open House event page on Faithlife by Thursday, October 8th, 2015.
Once you RSVP, you’ll find a full schedule, parking information, and everything else you need to know.
You can email Breanna Cain (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, or post a question in the Faithlife Event group.
I hope to see you on Monday, October 12th!
Thanks for your continued support,
Mobile Ed courses is having its biggest sale ever! From Michael Heiser and John Walton to Bobby Conway and Gary Thomas, this unprecedented sale has something for everyone! Explore the entire course catalog and get the courses that fit your needs!
50% off courses by Moo, Bock, and Witherington
Delve into theology and the power of Logos as Bock teaches you how to comprehend Scripture, Witherington enhances your Johannine literature studies, and Moo guides you through the book of Romans.
You can get all three courses together for 50% off in the Essentials Bundle.
7 Courses Under $70
Explore seminary-level courses in communication, New Testament, Old Testament, personal and professional development, and biblical interpretation with top scholars—for less than $70 per course!
1. Trace the development of preaching in Basic History of Preaching by Gary Carr.
2. Explore preservation of the New Testament in The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts by Craig A. Evans.
3. Discover what extrabiblical sources reveal about the life of Christ in Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders by Craig Evans.
4. Gain insight into the intertestamental period in The World of Jesus and the Gospels by Craig A. Evans.
5. Discover what the Bible says about our identity in Christ with Our Identity in Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
6. Focus on God’s commands against idolatry in Idolatry and the Power of the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
7. Evaluate the philosophies of translations in Introducing Bible Translations by Mark Strauss.
15% Off every course in the Mobile Ed Catalog
If you’ve ever thought about taking a Mobile Ed course, now is the time to do it—the entire Mobile Ed Catalog is 15% off! You’ll find seminary-level courses on apologetics, church history, counseling, cultural studies, education, ethics, language, leadership development, Logos academic training, missions, pastoral care, theology, and more!
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What do you want your life to look like five years from now? If it’s not the life you have right now, something obviously needs to change between now and then. But the changes you want aren’t going to “just happen.” Bob Pritchett’s new book, Start Next Now teaches you how to start making those changes now—so you can actually reach your goals later.
Bob’s book helps you identify your goals and determine the current projection of your life—so you can see if you’re moving in the right direction. Is the job you have now a step towards the job you want later? Is the company you work for capable of paying you what you’d eventually like to be paid? Is the experience you’re gaining right now going to drive you closer to your goals?
Start making changes today
As Bob helps you examine your life in the context of your goals, he also shows you how to draw from the experience of others—without asking the same tired questions everyone has already asked. It’s the same way he’s always encouraged interns to approach their experience with Faithlife—soak it all in, and learn as much as you can from those around you. Not every boss is open to questions like this though, and Bob believes that if you’re serious about your goals, you need to respond to those learning barriers.
Learn from the success of others
To help you get started, the book’s website will include Bob’s interviews with other professionals who have taken the initiative to chase their goals. It’s part of the way Start Next Now is redefining what we call a book: layers of content and diverse media all work together to communicate the book’s message and give you the tools you need to make your goals a reality.
This isn’t inspirational puffery from a life coach: it’s blunt, funny, practical advice on how to get ahead from a successful entrepreneur. Dan Price, founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, says, “In Start Next Now, Bob Pritchett provides an incredibly efficient way to discover specific, practical steps to advance yourself professionally, personally, and spiritually. He also explains one of my passions, which is the relationship between compensation, happiness, and meaningful work, and how to find the right balance.”
Get ready for what’s next
It’s great to talk about making changes. But to actually reach your goals, you still have to actually make those changes. The digital version of Start Next Now includes a personalized action plan and the tools you need to start your next now.
Sign up to get Start Next Now when it comes out on October 20.
Have you ever wondered how archaeology influences Bible scholarship? Informed by ancient literature and previous archaeological finds, archaeologists can uncover and record brand-new insights into the ancient world. Dr. Jodi Magness says, “The goal of archaeology is not the process of digging. It’s the publication of what we dig up—because if we don’t publish what we dig up, we’ve destroyed the information and we have then made it inaccessible to others.”
Biblical archaeology has to be carefully documented, she says, because “it’s an experiment that cannot be replicated.” When scholars and pastors depend on that information to help others visualize the biblical world, archaeologists can’t afford to leave any stone unturned.
In Mobile Ed’s latest course, Dr. Craig Evans and a team of prominent archaeologists teach you how biblical archaeology works and why it matters—on active dig sites throughout the holy lands.
“We’re going to start with the ground, dig into it, find things and take you all the way from the point it begins to the point where it is exhibited in museums and written about in textbooks—come on, join me. You’re going to have a lot of fun doing this.” —Dr. Craig Evans
In this course, you’ll journey through an actual dig site and see each part of the process. The findings from this particular dig site shed light on what life was like during the time of Jesus and the apostles—so your personal Bible study can directly benefit from what you learn.
Learn more in the course trailer:
Biblical archaeology is a crucial step in understanding the context of the Bible. This brand-new Mobile Ed course shows you the whole process and how archaeological findings in the field affect your personal study at home.
Preorder Archaeology in Action: Biblical Archaeology in the Field today for $49.99—that’s 66% off the regular price!