Man wearing a hat and green shirt doing rock climbing.

To Get Great at Anything, You Have to Commit

I remember when I first started climbing. At the time, I was a fairly accomplished, sponsored road and mountain cyclist and worked at a catalog company that sold high-end bike stuff. My days were COMPLETELY taken up by all things bike. I rode to work. Thought about, talked about, wrote about, and designed ads and … Continued

A person walking on a fallen log in a serene forest, illustrating the balance and connection between humans and nature.

Navigating the Work/Life Balance and Transitioning Between the Two

I recently saw a conversation here on LinkedIn about tips to turn off your worker’s brain and move into the non-work phase of your life each day. This is a particular challenge for those who work at home and don’t have the natural buffer created by a commute. Here are a couple of tips that … Continued

A skilled cyclist performing a daring stunt at night on a city street.

Try Something New

When was the last time you tried something new? I have never been great at wheelies – the number one most fun thing to do on a bike, according to my buddy, Russell (number two is skidding and number three is coasting – so you probably have a pretty good understanding of how Russell rolls … Continued

Stu Swineford carrying his skis in the wind. Photo by Johnny Copp.

Stay in Your Zone of Genius

Recently, I was on a call with Clark Vautier, and we were supposed to be talking about business stuff. As often occurs in talking with Clark, however, our conversation devolved into our mutual love of climbing mountains, outdoor adventures, and, well… LIFE. We are aligned on the idea that one’s business should fuel living and … Continued

A top-down view of a white cup of coffee placed on an open planner with a monthly calendar layout for November.

Missing Your Goals Isn’t Failure

There’s a saying in skiing… If you aren’t falling down once in awhile, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. The same holds true in pretty much every part of your life. If you are achieving all your goals, you’re not aiming high enough. Growth happens when we fall. And missing your goals isn’t “failure”. It’s … Continued

A group of people participating in a tug of war game on a grassy field, showcasing teamwork and competition.

Playing to Win

Are you playing to win, or to “not lose”? That was part of a recent conversation with Jeff Kinsey (seems like we ALWAYS have fun, deep discussions – LOVE that about my relationship with Jeff!). There’s certainly a difference between going for it and playing defense. Sure, the outcomes may be the same, but the approach is WAY … Continued

You’ll Never Be Here Again

Have you ever considered that you can never be “here” again? We are all, collectively and individually… hurtling through space. And we will never be “here” again. Even if you zoom into a time and place and think, “It’s ok. I can come back here again someday,” you really can not. See, you will be … Continued

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Reframing Challenges as Opportunities: Mindset shifts to create positivity

Last night, our pellet stove started acting up. I ran through some troubleshooting and thought I had it resolved by about 11:00. When I woke up at 4:00, it wasn’t working. And our wee cabin was CHILLY. So I started working on it again. I could have gotten frustrated or angry. But I made sure … Continued

A hand holding a coin

Money isn’t the Best Measure of Worth

There are so many ways to measure progress. For me, money isn’t the best measure. I have made a lot more money at points in my career than I do now. And I was miserable. It wasn’t until I understood that one’s ability to manage time as one sees fit is the better measure of … Continued

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Problem Solvers Create Problems

Do you self-identify as a problem solver? Most eager, aspirational leaders do. But here’s something interesting about calling yourself a problem-solver. It puts you in the awkward position of seeing EVERYTHING as a problem in need of fixing. I used to fit this bill to a t. The world was broken and only I could … Continued

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