Interpret my story as you will, it’s a work in progress. :)

My Story

Like a mountain, life has its ups and downs. To reach the top and bask in your accomplishment you need; drive, determination, strength, and the ability to put one foot in front of the other. It’s a simple concept, which has more to do with the mind than body!

I’d like to share one of my memorable hikes with you, which will explain all you need to know about me.

I was hiking on one of the hottest, windiest days in California’s history. It was 12 miles roundtrip, the last 6 miles most challenging since we hiked down to the ocean, which means we had to hike back up to the car.

The heat was sweltering, over 100 degrees. No tree cover and wicked winds that you could nearly lean into without falling forward.

I was out of water, out of energy, and my legs were knotted with cramps due to dehydration. As I fought against the wind-and my own physical discomfort-I thought about putting one foot and front of the other, taking one small step of progress, as slow as it was, I would keep moving forward.

In that moment, I realized although the path seemed insurmountable, I would eventually reach the end and feel the powerful effects of accomplishment.

Through shear willpower, I reached the top, and was rewarded with beautiful vistas and endless ocean. As my friends and I soaked in the accomplishment, I knew it was worth it.

What I learned is; despite not being prepared, lacking training, and fighting Mother Nature, you need to tuck your chin and weather the storm because you must continue moving forward.

The thing is, once you reach the top, you want another more challenging hike that is higher and pushes your limits further.

My life has been one giant hike.

Who I am in so many words…

I love technology and have a deep passion for everything eCommerce; from web and mobile, to TV and beyond.

I’m fanatical about constant and never ending improvement (thanks Tony Robbins!).

I’m a story teller (Big Fish is one of my favorite movies); I love embellishing the truth because sometimes it’s too boring to remember (kidding!)

I’m an outdoorsman, an athlete, a competitor, and above all else, a student of life.

Key takeaways

Hike

Alander Mountain, Massachusetts (2,239 feet elevation). Hiked in August of 2005 with my good friend Chris and my cousin George. We started at Bash-Bish Falls (ranked as one of the most dangerous tourist attractions in the US) and made camp at Alander peak.

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Alander Mountain

August 28th, 2005

The next morning was unbelievable. 360 degree panoramic views of the sunrise, complete with white puffy clouds, rainbows, and unbelievable vistas. This is one of those experiences that can’t be captured on camera (although I tried!).

Companies

DigiCert, Amazon, Google, KickStarter, Internet Retailer, Seeking Alpha, Tech Crunch, Uncrate, SurveyMoz, Running Ahead, IndieGoGo, MicroSoft, NetFlix, Adobe, Carbonite, Vanguard, Splunk, NeuStar.

Book

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. One of the first books I ever read. I liked it so much, I still have it checked out from my grade school library (wonder what the late fees are!) A powerful story of personal identity, friendship, and heroics.

Quote

“The pro is the person who has all the hassles, obstacles, and disappointing frustrations that everyone else has. Yet continues to persist, does the job, and makes it look easy.” — David Cooper, Sales Trainer