Peter Peitz is a man who has lived a full life, and isn’t near done. From his childhood in WWII Germany, to the cultural exposure in his young adulthood, to the success in business that catapulted him into a long-standing career – Peter is the definition of a “life well lived”.

This episode is the first a series of interviews that we hope to do with Peter. It covers many topics, ranging from the benefit of work, to developing a healthy tolerance, to how we can properly assess ourselves, to how he ended up in Cotter, AR, and much more.

No matter the age or stage of life, there is something in here that you need to learn from and hear. It is an episode you don’t want to miss.

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“The coloration of what you experienced and assessed when you’re 25 or 45 is one way, and over the period of years, the view of that same situation and occasion changes because it is measured against different experiences.” – Peter Peitz

“I had and have a great need to do my own thing.” – Peter Peitz

“The most important thing is that Cotter allowed me to live, work, and play the way I want to play.” – Peter Peitz

“As an 18-19 year old, I had no money and there is no backup, because in those days things were so extremely difficult. As my father would often say: ‘You either bend or you break.’” – Peter Peitz

“That is a huge insight: that there are other ways of living than my own that are just as good, and in some ways better, and in some ways worse.” – Peter Peitz

“There is more than one way to live. And not only that, the people that I was with – whether it’s the Germans or Swiss or the British – all of them had, generally, a false opinion of what the others were.” – Peter Peitz

“I have a wide tolerance, for all sorts of people and ways of living. I have no need to be critical or self-promoting because I have lived my own stupidity several times.” – Peter Peitz

“I think tolerance is a virtue, to a certain degree.” – Adam Setser

“The God-given ability that you have with your hands, and your feet, and your body – to simply keep that permanently undeveloped and only focus on the mind, and the soul, and the heart – is incomplete.” – Peter Peitz

“Nothing equals exposure.” – Peter Peitz

“To think that you know when you really don’t even know what to think about, is a handicap.” – Peter Peitz

“In our country here, we discard, in terms of respect, white hair much more than we should. We are so forward oriented – it’s always what’s the newest – that we are not learning from the past, we are not learning from history as much as what we should. And therefore, are inclined to make the same mistakes over and over.” – Peter Peitz

“We learn by various means but oftentimes we learn the most by doing something.” – Thane Ringler

“Hold that rudder so that you do get to where you need to go, and not be tempted by all of the things that seem temporarily wise but it doesn’t fit. And that rudder is the Holy Spirit.” – Peter Peitz

“Failure is part of success.” – Peter Peitz

“It’s difficult to be able to see your failures and let them motivate you instead of de-motivate you.” – Adam Setser

“Success is serving others.” – Peter Peitz

“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which gives happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

“There is flaw in the current thinking that work is something fundamentally negative. When in reality it is something exceedingly positive, that’s how you accomplish things.” – Peter Peitz

“It’s better to be working, regardless of whether you’re earning money or not, than not working at all because we’ve been created to work and God has designed us that way.” – Thane Ringler

“We view ourselves as innocent until proven guilty, when in reality we are guilty until proven innocent, and the only way we can be proven innocent is in Christ.” – Thane Ringler

“Act and take risks because the time is short. Don’t waste the next 20 years just refining a little bit what you’re doing, but have the guts to step out.” – Peter Peitz

Time Markers:

6:00 – How Peter Describes Himself
8:30 – What He Likes/Dislikes About Birthdays
10:00 – How Growing Older Has Been Different Than Expected
14:00 – How Peter Ended Up in Cotter, Arkansas
28:00 – Peter’s Childhood and Route to America
40:30 – Most Beneficial Character Traits as a Young Adult
47:30 – What a Healthy Tolerance Entails
51:30 – Peter’s Thoughts on the Path of Education
59:00 – How to Develop a Helpful Tolerance
1:01:30 – Common Mistakes Made as “Up and Comer”
1:08:30 – Core Premise for Assessment of Self
1:14:30 – The Partnership with the Holy Spirit
1:23:45 – Failure and Service as a Part of Success
1:31:00 – The Benefit of Work
1:36:00 – What Class Would Peter Teach
1:39:00 – What Daily Reminder Peter Would Send to Millennials