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Clicks Creek – Golden Trout Wilderness, CA

Posted on September 26, 2014

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In June, I enjoyed an 18 mile backpacking adventure through beautiful Golden Trout Wilderness with a couple buddies. Started with a 53 lb pack. Daytime temperatures were 80-90 degrees.

We left on a Friday morning around 10 am, stopping for lunch at Panda Express. For $12, I ordered a massive plate of food with plenty of salt, fat, and sugar! Perfect pre-hike nutrition!

The drive from San Luis Obispo is through remote farmland in a seemingly depressed area. It’s interesting how micro communities like these survive. Imagine having to drive hours to pick up groceries or hardware supplies.

Strengthen Your Strengths

Posted on September 17, 2014

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you’re an awesome sales guy who’s great with people, but challenged with managing a schedule, or a super designer who struggles with communicating your ideas. Each of us have skills we’re great at, and skills we’re not so great at. Regardless of your strengths and weaknesses, we all have one thing in common: time. We have finite time to make an impact in this world. Would you rather invest your time improving skills that come naturally and fine-tuning them to greatness, or grind it out improving your weaknesses that get marginally better, but never great?

Keeping Your Edge – Competing and Losing

Posted on September 4, 2014

I recently purchased a shiny new Pickleball paddle to replace my long-time, heavy and outdated “battle axe”. The weight difference is noticeable, but more importantly, I haven’t adjusted to the power difference. With a heavier paddle the ball goes further with less follow-through. The opposite is true when using a lighter paddle. So, with my shiny new paddle, the ball is sometimes going out, or dropping short. Albeit, more often than not, it goes where it should. All excuses aside, I’m challenged to a singles match with a young up-and-comer. Having played together before, I know I’m in for a battle. I usually win the first game, he wins the second, and the 3rd game is up for grabs. To further enhance the experience,…