In this episode, Thane and Adam talk about Adam’s current life and the way he now views being an “Up and Comer”. They break down the different stages of learning and how to develop from acquisition to adaptation, as well as discussing the paradox of knowing God while expressing gratitude in reflecting on His blessings.

From book recommendations, to practical tips, to some good old-fashioned bro-talk: this is a fun and entertaining episode you’ll want to enjoy.


“An up and comer to me is someone who is always learning and is always humbly learning – not as if they’ve obtained the full amount of what they are doing.”  – Adam Setser

“Real-life education requires the adaptation form of learning.”  – Thane Ringler

“Now that my feet are on the ground and I have responsibilities, those responsibilities define for me what I need to be learning. That’s more of a solutions-based form of learning.”  – Adam Setser

“We learn in everything. It doesn’t need to be a formal arena of learning.”  – Thane Ringler

“You can’t make sense of the world. The world is not just irrational, it is rational from a divine perspective that you can never fully understand.”  – Adam Setser

“My core temptation is to think that I know better than God.”  – Adam Setser

“God is the one who initiates all of it. And He gives every human opportunity.”  – Adam Setser

“We just have to receive. We have to be humble, we have to submit, and we have to receive.”  – Thane Ringler

“God is running the world at an infinitely large level, and it just so happens that He is also running my life at a very detailed level. It’s just mind-blowing.”  – Adam Setser

“Striving to know in itself isn’t bad or wrong, it just needs to be under the authority of God that we can’t ultimately be God or know Him fully—just to the extent that He has revealed Himself, both tangibly through His word and experientially through our lives.”  – Thane Ringler

“We take ourselves too seriously.”  – Adam Setser

Show Notes

Titan – Ron Chernow
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Desiring God – John Piper
Things That Matter – Charles Krauthammer
Interview with Peter Peitz

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9:00 – Milestone
12:00 – Adam’s Definition of an “Up and Comer”
15:30 – Books Adam is Reading Now
19:30 – How Adam is Learning In Current Life
28:45 – Adam’s New Wheels
32:30 – God’s Blessing / Paradox