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#05 Ben Nockels: Founder COMMOMPLACE books: "Living a life of paying attention"

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“Living a life of Paying Attention to those around us”

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Ben Nockels is the owner and founder of Commonplace bookstore in Okc. Commonplace has been featured as one of OKC favorite places to go. He built commonplace books because of his love for books and people. Ben wants everyone to feel welcome and brings everyone to the table.

The reason I have Ben on is because he is one of the best I know at creating space and margin for others.

He teaches us how to live intentionally so when our “schedules” are interrupted we don’t view it has an interruption but a gift to connect with others.  He lives a life of “paying attention with ever increasing measure.” He teaches us how to pay attention to others and the world around us.

Ben has some incredible ways that he lives his life for others, you don’t want to miss this inspiring conversation.


Twitter: @BenNockels

Instagram: @bennockels




Books we reference:

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends:

Tim Sanders

The three things we have to share with others from Tim Sanders book that stuck with Ben.




Compassion: Henri Nouwen:

“Compassion means to suffer with”

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times