Startup Launches — World Change Movements — Crazy Book Campaigns…with visions of Machu Picchu

Monday, August 8th, 2011

When you title blog post like this, you run the risk of being construed as a pretentious self-important braggart.  At this point…so what!!…I’m tired, excited and eager to share!

Over the past two months I (in collaboration with many incredible people) have:

  1. Released the first version of JoynIn in the Bay Area for private testing (much more to come over soon)
  2. Worked to build the Be Social Change movement (much much more to come very soon)
  3. Helped launch a incredibly powerful and empowering book campaign with Jake Sasseville and team.
  4. Went all out home workout style!
  5. And woke up an hour earlier than normal (on most days)…eekkk

All being done in rapid sprint mode as a  trip to South America has been hovering in the background like the pleasant but often noticeable chirping of  an early morning bird.  My girlfriend Catherine and I have been planning this trip for months and TODAY will be strapping on our oversized travel backpacks and be catching a plane to Brazil!

The intensity of these past months coupled with the visions of Machu Picchu has tested me on many levels from: commitment to my work, relationships, mental dexterity, leadership, confidence in my abilities and flat our ability to execute.  In the face of all the chaos I have surprised myself in maintained a calm core (although it may have not always shown out the outside).  No pats on the back for that…instead a simple take away realization that I will make sure to keep with me as we go on our month long excursion and step back into work when I get back:

Your Life is Your Life

Nothing in your life is not your life.  You cannot say that work is work…or that a vacation is vacation … everything in life encompasses YOUR LIFE.

What is the significance in this obvious and almost intellectually insulating truism?  The significance is that when we act and live as if every moment, regardless of what we’re doing, is part of our life…we make sure to LIVE it.  You don’t wait for life to start happening or for you to finish something.  You just live…you are present.

Despite the challenges that arose over the past two months I can honestly say that this was very much an incredibly fulfilling chapter in my life.  I was present as I pressed forward with self imposed deadlines, Skype meetings, and challenging situations.  I never really said…”why can’t I be in South America already” (ok…maybe a few times).

I will be there soon enough…and I will make sure I smell the roses :)

So….in the past two months…

  • I sprinted
  • We hit major milestones
  • and now Cath and I are off to South America…

See you in September!!

How World Travel Makes You a Better Person

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Two Friends at Machu Picchu

Two of my friends at Machu Picchu

As I was coming home from my Monterey mini-vacation this weekend, I was reminiscing about my world travel adventures that seem like so long ago.  The back packing, the exotic lands, the insatiable intrigue constantly runs through my veins as if I am a meth addict going cold turkey (heroin would have been too extreme).  It has almost been a year since my last international trip and strangely enough I tend to feel a sense of displacement if I am here for too long (no offensive, I love Monterey).  However,  I’m only 24 and at this point I have tallied 12 countries, countless unique experiences and 2362 mispronounced words.  I have to give the credit to my mom for making me realize the virtues of traveling at an early age (actually it was more like forcing me to travel).  If it wasn’t for that push I wouldn’t have seen my first naked woman at the age of 11 on a Australian beach or walked 300 plus steps up a steep hill, at night, in the rain, only to realize the only hotel in the small Italian village was not a hotel at all, but rather, a castle.  However, I believe the essence of world travel goes beyond ones’ unique experiences and instead represents the accumulation of those experiences into shaping one’s perspective.  I am sure you’ve heard, “traveling the world will make you a better person”…well here is why I think that statement is true:

1. Travel forces you to be fully present– Once you’re overseas, many of your  responsibilities, problems and other situations ceased to exist.  Many thoughts that make up your “everyday” day are not needed to fulfill your life while traveling.  Therefore, as Eckhart Tolle puts it, your “mental noise” is at a minimum and you are able to witness the true essence of what is around you (may sound corny, but true).  Process this for one second and ask yourself why is everything foreign more beautiful?  I want to say that most people (including myself) think that the majority of atheistic beauty in the world, have it be: architecture, landscapes, people… is far from home.  Most people will argue that things that are foreign are beautiful because they are exotic, rare, etc…which I agree with.  However, I think the real reason why we find beauty in things overseas is because we create a vast distance between the present moment (overseas) and your chronic thinking (home).  The freedom from your mind allows you to experience the true beauty in things that are typically labeled by your ever churning mind.  Simply put, it is easier to experience life in its purest from.

2. Travel helps you make unlikely friends- When you’re in your social bubble at home, you will probably notice that your friends are very much alike.  They speak the same language, have the same style, are interested in the same topics, so on and so forth.  When you are backpacking overseas you are pushed into a whole new kind of social strata, one which can be very unfamiliar.  Depending on if your mode of travel, you are often forced to create rapport with people just to get by or remain sane.  Therefore, you often create relationships with people from all kinds of different backgrounds.  The best way to make friends overseas is to find a common interest.  If they’re the athletic type start talking about soccer, if they’re of the opposite sex start talking about dating customs…not only will you be able to discuss a topic enjoyable to you but you will get a very unique spin on the topic.  Once the foundation is set, it is usually easy to branch off to more interesting topics of conversation and sometimes more interesting groups of friends.  If you can learn to make friends overseas, think about what type of interpersonal successes you are setting your self up for later down the road. (more…)

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