People Say the Nicest Things

“Tim, you’re a square peg in a round hole!”

—Quote from a Dumbass Church Deacon

That statement—clearly meant as criticism—was once crippling to my life and leadership. But nearly 30 years later, I consider those words a compliment.

Hello, my name is Timothy Eldred (Tim to my friends). I’m a husband, father, author, speaker, and veteran leader. Oh, I’m also a friendly disrupter of the status quo.

My mission is to live a life of passion, purpose, and generosity with excellence and creativity that inspires people to live with authenticity and end the pandemic of loneliness.

I’ve spent most of my life in the Church. From being the youngest of four pastor’s kids to being a full-time pastor. And during that time, I’ve always been “Pepsi in a world of Coke” (another “compliment” from a critic). You might say I don’t fit the mold.

Some have called me anti-establishment. But that’s not fair. Because I’ve worked in the establishment for decades. From leading churches to leading global organizations, I’ve spent my entire career serving the “system”. So I’m not an unreliable narrator.

As I’ve told audiences across the world, “My words will either invigorate you or infuriate you—I just can’t promise which one it will be today.” But I can assure you that Square Peg Round Hole will challenge your thinking—which is where learning begins.

This site isn’t a place for me to rant or run people down. I won’t act like Don Quixote and waste your time tilting at windmills. But I will question the status quo with wit and thought-provoking words that provide pathways to solutions.

You’re in the right place if you want to:

  • be a healthier human

  • be a better leader

  • break some rules

  • blow off steam

But you’re also in the right place if you want to:

  • love others deeply

  • live wholeheartedly

  • learn about bourbon

  • leverage your layovers

Those are just a few of the multiple topics I tackle. All posts will teach you how to live and lead with authenticity in an artificial world. All practical and fun. Above all, I’ll address the topic most critical to humankind—aloneness.

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You’re not alone!

—T.