Friday, August 17, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physicals / Mentals

As an executive, people leader, entrepreneur and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...

  1. I have to call out my trip at Pretty Lights... I called this out in an earlier post, but I feel as though they crushed the show. I'm still listening to the recaps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VY6yAFD5tU
  2. Staying with the music craze I'm on... You have to check out https://soundcloud.com/lowtemp-music/sets/adam-deitch-i-get-a-rush A former member of the Pretty Lights Analog, this Adam Deitch is one of the best drummers I've ever heard 
  3. The Nootropics craze, I believe, is a worthy one... And to that end, I've been a real fan of ThinkGum https://thinkgum.com/ A quick chew and you're back to square one. I haven't gotten the jitters or felt anxious. The pick-me-up is smooth and quick. Try it out, the Standford students seem to love it! 
  4. I'm an eMTB-er now! Can't say enough about it, but I'm going to wait... I believe, if you haven't thought about an eBike or completed a test ride, you must! 
  5. A quote I've been pondering lately... My good friend @JoshMather sent to me: “If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. Just by lengthening the time horizon, you can engage in endeavors that you could never otherwise pursue. At Amazon we like things to work in five to seven years. We’re willing to plant seeds, let them grow—and we’re very stubborn.”   “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.” Jeff Bezos

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Another Pretty Lights Show - Incredible

And so last week was just another Pretty Lights show... Wait, what? The show was incredible! Mr. Smith took Red Rocks by storm with one of the best light shows I've seen at the Denver arena. The show we went to was on Saturday (though I wish we had seen the Friday night show too). The weather was perfect, and our friends were so into the experience as well.



Pretty Lights brings so much love, harmony and passion to the stage. As a fan, it is hard to not feel the energy! The crowd eats up the positive vibes emanating from the stage. Everybody is dancing and feeling the power of music; we are all one, as we flow with the sound. I do hope to see more of Pretty Lights, as I've heard this is his last show - let's hope not! 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Considering An eMTB - Check Out The Kenevo

Sooo, never thought I'd be saying this, but I've been looking at eMTB's especially now considering the #416 fire burned down a lot of our Moto / Dirt Bike trails in Durango, CO (they are now on the way to recovery). However, us Moto-Heads are anxious to get out on to the trails. With this said, I have been looking at eMTB's. For starters, I know there are haters out there, but considering the massive growth in Europe and beyond, the eMTB is coming!

The one bike I'm looking at is the Specialized Kenevo... This 180mm monster truck is built on the Enduro x-wing frame and platform. With plus tires, I'm seeing a straight line to what a dirt bike tires my feel like (especially with the weight of the bike ~50 lbs). The video review below provides a much better review of the bike's handling...




Saturday, August 04, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physicals / Mentals

As an executive, people leader, entrepreneur and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...



  1. When I speak in front of my colleagues and customers, I get a little nervous... However, when I'm going in for a new DH drop or about to ride with some faster riders, I get excited. Simon Sinek uses this same difference of state (athletic excitement vs nervousness) very well to describe how NOT to let anxiety overwhelm you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqrZ3GDVf9s
  2. I just bought the new Fox Attack MTB glove https://www.foxracing.com/attack-gloves/18468.html One of best gloves I've owned combining knuckle protection and comfort. The glove knuckle guards don't restrict any movement while providing superior, integrated, protection. What's more, the Cordura material reinforces the whole package. 
  3. Let's dance to this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RecY5iZn6B0&list=RDw4LkSRXrK34&index=5 I've been listening to Jungle, and this popped up in my feed. 
  4. I probably keep my computers longer than I should... That means they get loaded with a bunch of shit content. So, I've been using https://www.ccleaner.com/ This tool is incredible! The unobtrusive software quickly cleans out your computer's cache and bullshit internet files. Check it out! 
  5. Quotes of the week: “You can only find out what you actually believe (rather than what you think you believe) by watching how you act. You simply don’t know what you believe, before that. You are too complex to understand yourself.”  Jordan Peterson... I just finished his latest book (pretty good, I'd kinda recommend it). 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physicals / Mentals

As an executive, people leader, entrepreneur and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...


  1. Interested in a good read? Curious about digging deeper in to yourself? What about business strategy? Check out this killer list from Derek Sivers... https://sivers.org/book
  2. The wisdom of Bruce Lee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5xj2bELXek
  3. Very interested to see where the Specialized Kenevo e-MTB. I'm thinking Specialized may have started to dominate / innovate the higher-end e-MTBs. Take look https://ebike-mtb.com/en/specialized-levo-vs-kenevo/ 
  4. I'm in the payments business, and our company, Worldpay, is such and awesome place to work. We conducted a Durango-office presentation about how we help merchants process. Awesome! https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6428716695065493504/?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A(activity%3A6428716695065493504%2C6428779909992185856)
  5. Star flies by Milky Way black hole and help prove Einstein's theory of relativity https://www.space.com/41291-relativity-revealed-milky-way-core.html

Friday, July 20, 2018

Five Life Impactors - Tools / Ideas / Physicals / Mentals

As an executive, people leader, entrepreneur and mountain athlete, I'm always trying to find new things to improve my production, training and mental fortitude. Take what you want from this list, or feel free to comment and add more...

  • So, I've started with Onnit Brand's Alpha Brain https://www.onnit.com/alphabrain/ So far, I like. Noticeable differences in concentration, without a major caffeine buzz! The impact is minimal, and I attribute this to my early stage consumption. I imagine cumulative affects to contribute more in the coming weeks. 
  • The EMT Cage Mount by Specialized https://www.specialized.com/us/en/emt-cage-mount-mtb-tool-for-right-zee-cage/p/132369?color=235050-132369 is one of my new must-haves for mountain biking. The tool / mount system connects to SWAT compatible water bottle cage and handily fits underneath the cage. In most cycling tool kits, one must make the difficult choice: no tool, or limited tools. That's not an issue with this innovation from my new favorite bike company.
  • I have been traveling a lot (avoiding the bullshit #416 fire, work) and more and more people / companies / governments are embracing the single-use plastic ban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyj7N3NWbLU Tell me this isn't one of the best new environmental movements in a while! A straw with every drink? WTF! Do your part, and say, "no straw" and "no thanks, I have my own bags". Let's bankrupt these companies! 
  • For my garage gym, I had to upgrade the audio. For my home, I needed to do the same. These little Polk Bookshelf speakers are some of the best I've owned, and not pricey at all https://www.polkaudio.com/products/t15 Great sound; easy on the budget! 
  • Reading through some old Bruce Lee quotes, and this one is such a classic: I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Solomun DJ Set - Worthy If You Like House Music

I discovered Solomun late last year... The guy seems to play new sets at every turn. This particular outdoor session caught my ear - enjoy!