“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice... it is conformity.”
― Earl Nightingale
You don't have to do this alone. Many of the great figures in history understood the power of having a mentors: Socrates mentored Plato, who mentored Aristotle, who mentored Alexander the Great. When you surround yourself with amazing people that challenge you, transformation in your life is not only possible but probable.
I finished business school in August of 2013, quit my corporate gig, sold most of my stuff, and hit the road. Hopping from one Airbnb to the next with a backpack that fits in the overhead, I have been fortunate enough to visit many good friends, meet some badass people, see amazing sights, and learn a few things along the way. There is great power in constantly facing fears and taking on new challenges. On this journey I have learned that I am not alone. Many people are not satisfied with a mediocre life. They yearn for a life that is something meaningful, creative, adventurous.
If you would like to chat and create a strategic plan for your life, grab some time on my calendar here, and make sure to let me know why you think this would be helpful for you.
With our busy schedules, constant texts, conflicting commitments, and scattered attention it can be very difficult to gain clarity on what to eat for lunch much less finding our life purpose. This does not make clarity any less valuable. Clarity can set you free. Free from confusion, free from conformity, and free from complacency.
Free yourself from:
After undergrad I had no idea what I wanted to do, let alone who I wanted to be. All I knew was that there seemed to be some opportunity in Chicago and it was a 5 hour train ride from home. Again, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew about a thing called a job. Find a job. That was as deep as the plan went. Go out there and find a good job. So after a few gigs as a waiter and one as a 'trader runner' I landed the "good job". Let's not pop the champagne just yet.
I stayed at this company for over 5 years. By almost any standard, it was a really good job. But it was not a GREAT fit. I started to get more and more clear on what I wanted in life and the more clarity I found the less I was willing to settle for anything that didn't contribute to my path.
Many amazing conversations later, I have come to see from my own eyes that people yearn for a life that is meaningful, creative, adventurous. You want to *FEEL* alive. You want to live a life full of insight and profound realizations but yet something is keeping you from moving forward. You listen to podcasts, read blogs, and watch powerful youtube videos that get you fired up. But still there is one piece that is missing. ACTION.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do.”
- Bruce Lee
Ultimately, I want to talk to people who are interested in a new life, facing challenges. People who are willing to live as a student of life. Lifetime students. It all starts here. At the beginning. At the basics.
If you feel you could use some clarity and don't know where to turn, let’s have a 30-45 minute chat to see what we can come up with. What is there to lose? What is there to gain?
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
During our conversations, I will work with you to plan out what Robert Greene calls the "grand strategy" and help set up a plan to live the examined life. We will discuss fears, ambitions, limiting beliefs, and I'll probably drop a few quotes on you :)
I will not promise that these will be easy conversations. I think that would be misleading. We will be talking with the goal of growth and transformation. We will challenge our way of thinking. We will get a little uncomfortable. We're gonna climb that goddamn mountain.
CONVERSATIONS WILL INVOLVE...
- Turning obstacles into advantages
An exploration of fears worst-case scenarios
One-on-one active listening, planning, & execution
- Finding clarity on what success means to *you*
REACH ME IF YOU'RE READY TO...
- Step outside of your comfort zone & take action
Live life as a forever student, seek knowledge
Engage in powerful conversation
Design your life & battle conformity
THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF…
- You are comfortable where you are
New ways of thinking bore you
- You are looking to find some shortcuts to success
You've given up... completely
THIS I BELIEVE
The study of life is where great things happen. This is where we find adventure. Listening to what others think we should do rarely is the answer. Sure, people can guide us along the way, but *YOU* can decide your path. *YOU* can design your life. As a matter of fact, you already are. Are you catering your life to others wants, needs, and desires? What life are you designing for yourself now?
If you are not living a life that is amazing, then I would strongly urge you to find a mentor. Even if you don’t want to reach out to me as potential mentor for you, consider finding one. Really consider it. Why the fuck not? This is not your practice life. Let's make shit happen. It’s your choice.
STAY HUNGRY, STAY CURIOUS
Let's just take a moment to realize and appreciate how AMAZING life is. Sure, there's ups and downs but sometimes a minor tweak in the way we view our world turns a problem into a really interesting challenge. Sometimes we can gain interesting insights from something that is seemingly trivial. Let's take a cup of coffee as an example:
"Your coffee is intriguing to the economist for another reason: he doesn’t know how to make a cappuccino, and he knows that nobody else does either. Who, after all, could boast of being able to grow, pick, roast, and blend coffee, raise and milk cows, roll steel and mold plastics and assemble then into an espresso machine, and, finally, shape ceramics into a cute mug? Your cappuccino reflects the outcome of a system of staggering complexity. There isn’t a single person in the world who could produce what it takes to make a cappuccino."
- Tim Hartford, The Undercover Economist.
I love having powerful conversations, brain storming new ideas, and/or deconstructing old concepts/ limiting beliefs. For this reason I have become pretty good at "networking". Here's my secret: I surround myself with people who are not willing to settle, and I suggest you do the same. Meet badass people, by doing badass shit. It’s that simple. Maybe not easy, but that’s where the all the fun happens. Find a tribe that makes you think big, face fears, and challenge you to be better Every. Damn. Day.
Learn more about my interests in Travel, Fitness, Philosophy, and Career Transitions here.
IT'S YOUR CHOICE
If you are willing to learn, be honest with yourself, and face fears then I'd like to chat with you. Find some time on my calendar and make sure to add the reason WHY you think this would be of interest to you. It's not for everyone, but it may be for you. Your choice.
Remember, the study of life frees you from the dream.
I spent over 5 years in the corporate world while getting an MBA and I learned a lot about myself during this time. Namely, I learned that I needed a new journey, one with adventure, exploration, and FUN. I am currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand (as of June 28th, 2015) and have been traveling out of a backpack for about 20 months. I don't have all the answers, but I have learned to ask some pretty damn good questions on the pursuit of living a life worth living.
I believe I can help you to do the same. I’m a dedicated student of life and if you are ready and willing to do the same, I’d love to have a chat with you. In order to provide clients the best possible experience and profound service, I only work with 5 clients at a time. If you are serious about taking your life to the next level, let’s chat!
ARE YOU IN?
If you feel a conversation with me would be of interest to you, just grab some time on my calendar. We can explore different ideas and develop a unique and personal grand strategy for *you*.
“When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process. That is fairly well understood, at least in the arts. Mark Twain's experience comes to mind, in which, after he had mastered the analytic knowledge needed to pilot the Mississippi River, he discovered the river had lost its beauty. Something is always killed. But what is less noticed in the arts - something is always created too. And instead of just dwelling on what is killed it's important also to see what's created and to see the process as a kind of death-birth continuity that is neither good nor bad, but just is.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance