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207: Carlos Whittaker | How to Human
Carlos Whittaker | How to Human
Carlos Whittaker is bringing hope to humans all over the world. And he’s pretty good at it: he’s an author, podcaster, and global speaker backed by the power of a massive Instafamilia, his enthusiastic social followers who tune in daily to join forces with Carlos to find connection, do good, and be in community.
When Carlos enters a room, he makes people feel seen. His superpower is creating spaces—online and in-person—where people are safe to engage in conversation about the topics that matter most but are often avoided. His motto: don’t stand on issues, walk with people
That’s the professional stuff—but all day every day, Carlos is a family man. He and his wife Heather live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three amazing children, where you can find them working on the family farm, planning trips around the world, and dancing to Single Ladies (seriously, Google it).
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Carlos Whittaker and Amber discuss his new book, How to Human and how he practices being curious up close, walking with people, and being more of a human and less of an opinion.
Questions Discussed During How to Human:
- You grew up a preacher’s kid, share a little bit of your early faith journey with us and the influence your parents have had and continue to have in your walk with Jesus.
- You’ve raised over 2 million dollars on Venmo alone for people in need. Take us back and share how it all began?
- Of all the people you have been able to help is there a moment or a story that was particularly impactful to your journey with Jesus that you can share and why?
- The subtitle of your new book is Three Ways to Share Life Beyond What Distracts, Divides, and Disconnects Us. What are the three ways and how do they helps us share life beyond what distracts, divides and disconnects us?
- When you’re in a tense situation how do you break the tension?
- Recently in your IG stories you said something that deeply resonated with people. You made it into an image, as almost a 2023 motto. I am going to say the phrases and I would like for you to share a little about what they look like in your day to day life of loving others.
- Being curious up close over judging from a distance
- Walking with people over standing on issues
- Being more of a human and less of an opinion
- I asked a dear friend, “What would you ask Carlos if you sat down with him?” Her response, “I love the relationship he has with his children. I would like to know more about cultivating that type of relationship.” Any encouragement, advice or insight you would give regarding cultivating a close relationship with our kids?
How to Human Quotes to Remember:
“I remember I’d wake up to go to school at 630…and my dad would be on his knees praying for me in his office.”
“I try to help people see people that don’t look like them, don’t think like them, don’t pray like them, don’t love like them, don’t do anything.”
“I feel like it is a human reaction inside of all of us to love. The difference is if you’re a Christian, you now represent something more than just loving, you now represent something more than just being a good neighbor. You are representing eternity. You are representing Jesus….Which is why it is so painful for me to see people that claim Christ being the most rage filled, finger-pointing, salivating, angry people on social media.”
“It has to be over a table. It can’t be with my thumbs. If I try to course correct their humanity with my thumbs, I’m in a heap of trouble.”
“You can’t be the hands and feet of Jesus from a mile away.”
“The more curious you are about somebody’s story, the more you’re going to be empathetic. And…the definition [of empathetic] is not feeling bad for someone, it’s feeling bad with someone.”
- Book: How to Human: Three Ways to Share Life Beyond What Distracts, Divides, and Disconnects Us by Carlos Whittaker
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