In the Loop with Andy Andrews

On this week’s episode, Andy tackles the listener question…is college necessary?

Casey wants to become a speaker and asked if it’s possible to do so without going to college.

  • You have to figure out what value you bring to other people.
  • What can you bring to the table that will change someone’s life?
  • You have to go beyond simple “You Can Do It” speaking.
  • Encouragement is good, but it takes more than that to create lasting value.

There is a huge resistance in corporate America to motivational speakers.

  • If the audience thinks they’re about to see a “motivational” speaker, you’ll lose half of them before you say a word.
  • Proof is better than motivation or encouragement.

There was a time when if you did not have a degree, you would not be getting a job in certain fields.

  • Obviously, that’s still the case in some areas, like medicine.
  • Generally, it isn’t the case. Most people couldn’t care less if you have a piece of paper.
  • All they want to know is: can you do this? And will they like being around you?
  • It’s what do you know, as opposed to what do they say you know.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to college. It can be a great thing.

  • But it is not a necessity.
  • If you have to go into debt in order to go to college, always remember that it is not a requirement for success.
  • College is not bad; putting limits on people or yourself is.

Questions for Listeners 

·           Do you have a question for Andy? Call in and your question might be featured on the show!

o   Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY

o   E-Mail: InTheLoop@AndyAndrews.com

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                  o  Twitter.com/AndyAndrews

Direct download: ITL082.mp3
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On this week’s episode, Andy answers two listener questions about preparing for life transitions.

Donna celebrated her 70th birthday shortly after hearing Andy speak about how to prepare for the next crisis in our lives. The next day, she went zip lining and got caught in the middle of one of the zip lines. Now in a crisis, she did not panic and calmly waited for the crew to come get her.

  • Life can be lived like a second baseman.
  • You don’t know what’s going to happen from one play to the next.
  • But you do have some indications of what might happen.
  • You do have to be prepared for whatever happens according to the circumstances.
  • Before every pitch, you have to ask yourself, “If the ball comes to me, what am I going to do with it?”
  • If you can think ahead a little bit, life becomes easier. You don’t make as many bad choices and mistakes.

The same was true for Donna.

  • She had already decided that God was in control.
  • She knew how to respond when things went wrong.

Another bit of listener feedback from a woman named Susanne: She fulfilled her dream of becoming a doctor. Now, she believes God wants her to change direction, but she’s not sure what that direction is. What do you do when you feel restless like this?

  • We definitely should be open to shifts in direction.
  • Sometimes when we work so hard to get to a certain place, we think we’ve achieved everything we were supposed to achieve.
  • But if we’re still here breathing, that means our purpose hasn’t been fulfilled yet.

We have to be very open to shifts in direction.

  • However, God cannot guide a still object. You have to be in motion.
  • God feeds the birds, but he doesn’t throw the worms in their mouth.
  • If you feel you’re being pulled in a different direction, start going out and doing all the different things you can.

Questions for Listeners 

·           Do you have a question for Andy? Call in and your question might be featured on the show!

o   Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY

o   E-Mail: InTheLoop@AndyAndrews.com

o   Facebook.com/AndyAndrews

                  o  Twitter.com/AndyAndrews

Direct download: ITL081.mp3
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On this week’s episode, Andy talks about how to make your family your number one priority…and keep it that way.


If you want to maintain a good balance between work and your life that enables you to spend more time with your family, you must start with priorities.

  • If you say your family is your number one priority, you have to step back, observe your actions, and then determine if your actions match your words.
  • It’s easy to “think past” certain aspects of your life that you think are certain and absolute.
  • You may THINK your family is your number one priority, but have you really assessed whether that’s true or not?

One thing that can mess your family up is if you don’t set expectations for how you will spend your time.

  • You have to communicate your priorities and the exceptions to your priorities to your family.
  • If you are having family time, let them know it is family time and that it’s the number one priority.
  • If there are certain phone calls you know you may have to take, let your family know in advance.

When you’re with your family, you have to make the decision to intentionally engage with them.

  • This is something that’s easy to overlook.
  • You have to be intentional about the purpose of the time you spend with your family. Don’t just let it pass by.

Questions for Listeners 

·           Give us a call and tell us know how you have shifted your priorities and found ways to spend more time with your family.

o   Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY

o   E-Mail: InTheLoop@AndyAndrews.com

o   Facebook.com/AndyAndrews

                  o  Twitter.com/AndyAndrews

Direct download: ITL080.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:36am CST

On this week’s episode, Andy talks about his family’s favorite show on TV, and why it could be a great thing for YOUR family to watch. 

Duck Dynasty has become the Andrews family’s new favorite TV show.

  • It’s like a modern-day version of The Waltons.
  • They end every show with the entire family around the dinner table saying a prayer together.

It’s a great show about family and business values.

  • The people on the show offer great examples for mothers and fathers.
  • They are also a great example of creating a business by coming up with a way to offer tremendous value to people.

It’s not just another “reality” show.

  • The episodes aren’t all about fighting and bad language.
  • They show how families can sometimes disagree without being so disagreeable.
  • The show reflects how large of a role faith plays in their lives.

Questions for Listeners

·      What would you like to hear Andy discuss on future episodes?

o   Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY

o   E-Mail: InTheLoop@AndyAndrews.com

o   Facebook.com/AndyAndrews

o  Twitter.com/AndyAndrews

Direct download: ITL079.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:47am CST