So, it's been my experience that, out in the world, the first question we all ask each other is, "What do you do for a living?"
I don't really get that. It seems to me that it's a million other factors that make someone interesting and compelling. It's the last thing I want to know about you. Instead, I want to know what you think is funny, what you are reading, what you thought of the game, what you did this weekend, what lights you up, what type of world you want to live in, and whether or not you are doing anything about it.
I'd also rather be talking to you in your living room instead of this strange, impersonal land of cyberuncertainty. Which makes writing about myself on my own website weird. Too much monologue, too little actual conversation. So let's start with some chit chat, eh?
Here's me: I think Parks and Rec is hilarious and Ron Swanson's mustache is a National Treasure. I'm reading Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a biography on Richard Pryor, and A History of the World in 6 Glasses. I've been a fan of Oregon Ducks football since I could barely walk and I think the Dallas Cowboys are an ongoing nightmare that too many people need to wake up from.
I'm currently renovating a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II and at the pace I'm going it will take me multiple lifetimes to finish. About a decade ago, I started writing a screenplay about two brothers who had grown up with difficult childhoods, fatherless. At each stage in their lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices and the people in their lives would lead them to astonishingly different destinies. One of these days I'll finish the damn thing.
I treasure easy time with family and friends and a stellar plate of oysters. I'm not afraid to expirement in the kitchen or for that matter in the bedroom, either. I get heated about injustice, inequality, hypocritical behavior and ennui.
I think the world needs more self awareness and a legitimate set of tools for success as a human race. And, yes, I am doing my best to do something about it. Which brings us to the part where I suppose I tell you what I do. So you know and we can carry on. Hopefully in a more analog environment.
I'm an international speaker, entrepreneur, and writer with an aim to influence entrepreneurs and others in ways that foster resiliency, ingenuity, the ability to weather uncertainty, and meaning. For the last 17 years, I've been building and leading teams that produce viable results in these areas.
I've been a founder, partner, board member, or played a major role in several successful businesses including: a transcription company, a telecommunications company, a full-service management consulting firm, a commercial real estate investment company, a digital media company, and a life-skills digital education platform.
I've worked diligently for over two decades on fundamental skills such as leadership, positive psychology, and the commitment to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, justice, equanimity, and integrity in all things.
Currently, I'm the co-founder of Sitecast, We're revolutionizing the way the web works. Nbd. I am also the entrepreneur in residence for StarveUps in Portland, Oregon where I mentor members, provide resources, and play a key role in scaling the organization to a national level.
I had a short run as a professional athlete, competing in MMA competitions, I skateboard, snowboard, hike, cook, and regularly read. I am a huge fan of style, design, boutique hotels, and smart people.
I've survived a misspent youth, a kidney transplant, and I once traveled all 50 United States starting with only $10 and my laptop.
Good lord. I feel like I need to drop the mic or something. Did that cover it? Are we good? Can we talk about you?
If there is a way I can help you build the world you want to live in, please connect with me around the web or contact my chief of staff at 760.652.9696, but I kindly ask you not email me. I stopped checking email at the beginning of 2015 and I have no plans to begin again any time soon.
Thanks for stopping by. Ciao.