The Parable

The Parable

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This is the Parable: musings on Design, Faith, and Life with Stephen Olmstead.


Saying No, to Say Yes
May 21, 2018 • 14 min
Saying ‘no’ to someone should be easy right? How can saying a simple, two-letter word cause so much angst in individuals. In this episode Stephen talks about how habitual ‘yes-giving’ can be a recipe for disaster when applied to your priorities.
Patterns for Longterm Career Building
May 14, 2018 • 13 min
What exactly makes someone good at building a respected, successful career over the long haul? We’re talking careers that span 20, 30, 40-years long. In this episode Stephen discusses four patterns and traits of successful long-term career builders: 1)…
Being Vulnerable in Groups
May 7, 2018 • 11 min
Being vulnerable with others can be a difficult thing to do, especially when its in a group setting. Stephen shares his experience of learning how to be vulnerable in a group setting at an event like Epicurrence and tips for those looking to open up when…
Using a Trailer as a Home Office
Apr 30, 2018 • 18 min
Stephen talks about his experience with using a trailer as his daily home office. Can a setup like that actually work out long-term? What are the benefits? How do you pick one? What do you need to know before you take the plunge on a setup like this?
Discipline Begets Discipline
Apr 23, 2018 • 6 min
Diligently cultivating healthy discipline in any area of life is time well spent. The hardest part is getting started, but once you do, a treasure trove of stacking benefits begins to occur as one successful habit encourages and begets another.