Some people live such dynamic lives that you take every opportunity possible to glean from them, you read their books, listen to their podcast, follow them on social media, and when possible spend time in person.
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Recently I had the opportunity to have that time with the incredible leader Christopher Hopper (christopherhopper.com).  Chris is a pastor, author, recording artist, business owner, record label manager, husband, father, photographer and so much more!  No this list is not an exaggeration.  You can see why I would be excited for the opportunity to visit Christopher in Watertown, NY at New Life.  It is always good to bring a gift and I thought Christopher would appreciate a croissant from a new bakery in my area (Utica Bread), and thankfully the “croissant enthusiast” was impressed!

When I arrived in Watertown Chris gave me a tour of their church building and Sprig Studios which is one of the finest recording studios on the planet. Their goal “was to create a sanctuary for artists. We wanted to build a studio the way they used to be built.”  The amount of thought and care that went into the design and construction of their studio is breathtaking and I was privileged to a sneak peak of their upcoming album.   After the tour I was able to sit down and talk with Chris about business and life.  You better believe I brought my journal and pen and began writing early.
Here are 5 things Christopher shared with me:
“Powerful people do things in spite of excuses, not because of them.”
“When confronted with the cost of their dream most people stop because they experience sticker shock.”
Christopher Hopper and I
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“We dishonor those who’ve given more than we have, when we expect the same reward but are unwilling to pay the same price.”
“The ultimate question is do we want to pay the price?”
“The actual glory is in the mundane.  We’re conditioned to celebrate fame but we must learn to celebrate the mundane.”
Chris shared with me that his bass player is the best musician that he is the best bass player that he has ever played with. When he tells that to crowds they cheer.  However, when he tells them that he practices six hours a day and often with his fingers bleeding in addition to his full time job they are silent.
Today as you consider your journey and pursuit what is the one area in your life where you’re willing to give yourself with this type of abandonment?  Are you pursuing that area in your life?  If not make today a day where you take one step in that direction.
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