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Experience Over Everything

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I’ve written plenty in the past about leading others, and doing it with strategy, vision, perspective, and humility.  However, the great fear for any writer, is the belief others might have that I write about these things because I have great strategy, vision, perspective, and humility. I have various forms of all of those things, but what I’m learning is that I really have little more than my own experiences. Many of those experiences are rich and some of my experiences have even been productive, yet others have been abject failures; but all have been worth it.

There is no formula for “Making it Work”, but instead it takes a good leader being willing to combine the good ideas, with strategic planning, and really great people.  What comes of it, will oftentimes be determined by factors outside of your control; but the process you go through to discover success or learn from failure, creates the experience that makes you rich.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
–  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.