My Motivation for the Denali Climb

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs

What will I find on the summit? Will it be magnificent views, a glimpse of God or buddha or some higher level of consciousness? Maybe sometimes we have to travel to the extremes of the earth just to find a little piece of ourselves.

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Do What You Love

On Nights and Weekends. Below is a snippet from this article in the Onion which has a fresh take on some age old advice.

“I have always been a big proponent of following your heart and doing exactly what you want to do. It sounds so simple, right? But there are people who spend years—decades, even—trying to find a true sense of purpose for themselves. My advice? Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.

It could be anything—music, writing, drawing, acting, teaching—it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that once you know what you want to do, you dive in a full 10 percent and spend the other 90 torturing yourself because you know damn well that it’s far too late to make a drastic career change, and that you’re stuck on this mind-numbing path for the rest of your life.

Is there any other way to live?

I can’t stress this enough: Do what you love…in between work commitments, and family commitments, and commitments that tend to pop up and take immediate precedence over doing the thing you love. Because the bottom line is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.”

Gold. Pure Gold. Thank you Onion. You truly are America’s finest news source!

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Its just a little over one week to go until I leave for Denali. I talked with my climbing partners tonight: Jarod and Charles. We were discussing food supplies when I was reminded of something they had told me earlier that I had just forgotten: neither one of them have booked return tickets yet from Alaska.

How long will they be there? As long as it takes. Their trip is one way – to the summit.

You can’t help but love that kind of commitment! 🙂

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Great advice from The Oracle of Omaha

I stumbled upon this great interview with Warren Buffett. Some of my favorite quotes are:

“You want to have the right heroes.”

“I’ve been very lucky to have had a dozen or so major heroes, and none of them have ever let me down. You really want to hang out with people who are better than you are.”

“Never give up searching for the job that you’re passionate about. Try to find the job you’d have if you were independently rich… Forget about the pay. When you’re associating with the people that you love, doing what you love, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

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Congratulating the Class of 2013

Here is a little snippet of the heart of the commencement address given by Bruce Benson to each of the four University of Colorado campuses, which I found inspiring. I was climbing with Sean and Ned yesterday and it hit me that it’s been 9 years since I graduated. Amazing how time runs away from you.

I tell graduates to listen to others and make sure you hear all sides of the story. Your ideas may not be the best.

You can accomplish a lot more if you don’t care who gets credit. In every decision, watch for unintended consequences. Stay focused on what is important and finish what you start.

If you make a mistake or a bad decision, admit it, apologize, fix it as fast as you can and move on.

When you make an agreement, make sure both sides are happy. Don’t always try to get the advantage.

Seize opportunities as they come along. If you have a life plan, don’t miss opportunities that may not fit exactly in your plan.

People want leaders – if you see a void, fill it. When you become a leader, be inclusive and open. Try to listen more than you talk. Hire great, trustworthy people and work as a team. Treat everyone with respect. Always lead by example and do the right thing no matter how tough.

Be generous with your time and, when possible, with your money. And be sure to remember your alma mater.

Contribute to your community, volunteer for projects you care about. You will do good and it will make you feel really good.

I believe strongly in each of these principles, which have helped guide me since my own graduation from CU-Boulder in 1964. But perhaps the most important thing I share with graduates comes at the end of my talk.

I tell them that in the end, your honesty, your word, your reputation and your integrity are all that you have – don’t lose them.

And don’t forget, the harder you work, the luckier you’ll get. Congratulations to the class of 2013.”

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Moving By Mail

Last weekend Tiffany came up to Seattle to help me box up my stuff. We weren’t sure what the best method would  be to get it all down to LA. We were considering using a moving company (quoted me $1,000), renting a Uhaul (about $300 for the trailer and one month storage unit rent) and UPS. Turns out moving by mail is slightly cheaper than Uhaul AND is way more convenient, both for the person who would  of had to drive the trailer down (me) and the Queen of the Castle who can’t sleep until everything is just so (Tiffany).


The first batch of boxes showed up Wednesday. Another batch comes today. Then there’s one final wave before I leave for Alaska. There’s one thing we both have learned from this experience: Moving by mail kicks ass!!!

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Bob Barnes’ Ten Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

  1. Find idea with a large market for which people will attach great value
  2. Recruit gifted co-workers
  3. Be ridiculously practical and passionate
  4. Prepare to work long hours (70 – 80 hours / week)
  5. Find the right significant other
  6. Be persistent and smile
  7. Lead and work with people, don’t manage
  8. Do not ever lie
  9. Do not run out of money
  10. Get lucky!
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