2017

2017

I’m sitting on a couch in a big empty mansion.  This place is insane.  It’s in the middle of nowhere in a very small town called Myrtle, Mississippi.  I’m here with the Barbell Shrugged team for a team retreat.  We periodically get together for a couple of days, hang out and talk about personal and company goals.  Since the team is spread out all across the Country, it’s nice to get everyone together every once in a while to catch up and just hang out. I have no idea why this enormous house was built here, and everyone on the team has been speculating about how it came to be built on this 800 acre plot of land.  I’ve never stayed in a house like this before, so it’s really a pretty awesome experience.  Here’s a picture of the Library. Yes, Library.  It even has one of those ladders on a track that you can move around the room to get books off of the top shelf.  There is also a Study directly across the hallway from the Library.  When we first got here, I wondered if we were going to be playing a real life game of Clue. It’s the first week of January, so a lot of people are reflecting on 2016, and thinking about what needs to be done in 2017.  It’s been a crazy year, and a lot of people are excited to be saying farewell to 2016.  There were indeed a lot of sad things happening in 2016, but I’m choosing to stay focused on all of the awesome things that happened over the...
If You Want Something Put It Out There

If You Want Something Put It Out There

One big and important thing I’ve learned in the last couple of years is that if you want something to happen then you have to put it out there.  You have to tell people what you want to happen.  If you don’t, nobody will ever know and nothing will ever happen.  Sure there might be a rare occasion where someone notices you need something and offers it to you, but most of the time if nobody knows what you want to do they aren’t going to ask you to do that thing or give you that thing that you want.  You’re just gonna be sitting around and waiting for it….and that’s not cool. Being an INFP, I tend to just sit back and do my own thing and if someone needs me for something I’m just going to wait for them to include me.  Everyone knows everything about me and what I’m capable of already, right?  Why should I worry about telling them I can do something?  If they wanted me to help them with something, they’d ask me, right?  NO!  You MUST tell them! Insert random Dexter reference here, if you want something, take it: This can be REALLY hard sometimes for someone that isn’t very confident or just has a hard time realizing that they really do have something to offer to whatever their current situation may be or whatever project they are working on. At Barbell Shrugged, we’ve just launched the Shrugged Strength Challenge.  This was by far the most awesome website and project I’ve ever worked on.  Mostly because I LOVE working with my fellow...
Skateboarding and Life

Skateboarding and Life

When I was a kid and through my teenage years and early 20’s I loved skateboarding (still do).  I use to say that it was a way of life.  A way of life that was mine.  I once got paid $500.00 by my grandmother to spend some time with my great grandmother while my grandmother went out of town.  I think I was 16 at the time.  I spent every last penny at Cheapskates, the local skate shop in Memphis.  I bought clothes, shoes, decks, wheels, stickers, sex wax, all kinds of stuff.  It’s a memory that I’ll carry with me forever.  I was happy and I didn’t care what anyone else thought.  Every once in awhile I will come across a senior picture I took in high school. and I’m wearing a shirt that I bought that day with my $500.00.  I immediately think back to that day that I’ll never forget and smile.  Those were fun days.  We did whatever we wanted.  We had a car, skateboards, and a very small amount of cash.  Who could stop us?  As long as we (sort of) told our parents where we were, we were good. There were 3 of us, me, Phillip and Todd.  Sometimes my friend Matt’s little brother Sam would tag along with us.  We liked to call him “little guy” because he was younger.  These were some of the coolest guys.  Some of the best friends I have ever had in my life.  We went to a Southern Baptist High School, and since we liked long hair, skateboards and rock music just about everyone thought we...
JLA: Rock of Ages

JLA: Rock of Ages

I just finished the (Justice League) JLA:  Rock of Ages by DC Comics on the suggestion of a good friend of mine after watching Batman v. Superman.  There was a lot of it that I just did not understand, but overall it was absolutely amazing.  I am going to have to go back and reread it to try to get more understanding of what was going on.  The timeline was a little hard for me to follow since this was my first real comic book reading and I do not really have any knowledge of the character history and such outside of movies and/or TV shows.   There were a lot of things that peaked my interest as I read this book. The biggest thing was probably the writing of Grant Morrison.  I’m guessing that is the reason the book was a little hard for me to keep up with.  I think Morrison is famous for his “nonlinear narratives” (according to wikipedia anyway).  I wasn’t ready for the “out of the box” ideas that are inside this book, and it kind of took me by surprise.  This is nothing like a superhero movie you would go watch at the theater.  It’s pretty heavy.  You are forced to think about other dimensions, time travel, other universes, worlds, and much much more. Things that we don’t normally think about on a regular basis.  Even if it’s just imagination it’s REALLY fun to think about and read about.  So much so that some pages take 2 or 3 times to read over before you really get what is going on and will...
Falling Down and Getting Up

Falling Down and Getting Up

I walked out into my garage last night and tripped over something.  I fell hard on the concrete and it hurt.  In that moment it occurred to me that if you want to be successful you have to be able to take big risks.  You can’t be afraid of falling.  You are going to fall hard and you are going to fall often.  In the past my fear of falling has put limits on what I want to do.  What do we learn from skateboarding?  Fall hard, fall hard, fall hard, fall hard, fall hard….get back up and try again.  You might eventually make the trick you are after.  You might not.  You’ll learn something from it though.  So…go full speed and give it everything you’ve got.  Don’t be afraid of falling.  I think this lesson is going to be good for me not just with skateboarding but everywhere else in my life. Share...