Ron Edmondson is a pastor, consultant, connector, author, and podcaster. As a consultant and coach for almost 20 years, he has helped thousands of leaders and organizations get better. Ron is the founder of a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, providing devotional resources, conduct family and leadership seminars, as well as coaching and consulting.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

Clarksville, TN. I was raised mostly by a single mom in a pretty modest setting. If I wanted nice things I had to work for them. It taught me a strong work ethic.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I’m at my best when I’m fanning the flame of other people’s fire.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

You can make it on your own and be a self-made person. That’s impossible.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

My dad was hard to accept and forgive. I hated him for many years. When I learned to forgive him I was free to live my own life without worrying about him. (Thankfully, he finished well. That taught me a lot too.)

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I’m pretty disciplined. I prioritize life well. Every year, month, week, and day starts with a realistic checklist.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up before everyone in the house. Start the coffee. Spend quiet time in devotion and prayer. And I’m ready to engage the world.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Drinking two glasses of lemon water every morning. First thing. And then recognizing when I need more water throughout the day. I’ve learned being adequately hydrated determines a lot of how you feel.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I try to say yes to the right things. And no to the other things.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

I’m a student of the Bible. I find the story from cover to cover to be applicable to all aspects of life. It takes a lifetime of uncovering to understand but it is worth the investment.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“You only know what you know and not anymore.”

“You can’t see what I see until you sit where I sit.”

“Everyone has something to offer. My job as a leader is to discover it in everyone.”