Looking back to a simpler time
In 1994 I saw a movie that forever changed my life. Point Break, directed by Kathryn Bigelow who went on to direct K-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty, is a movie about the chrysalis of a human spirit. It’s about a man realizing that his life is empty, and finds solace and love through surfing. Seeing this began a ten year journey to move myself to Los Angeles, and ultimately ended me up on a beach in northern Costa Rica for ten years.
“It’s like the Mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in. There’s no getting out.” – Kelly Slater
Since coming back to Vancouver/Whistler in 2011, I have been waiting for the opportunity to get back to a life that combines hard work, with extreme sports living in a warm climate again. When I lived in Tamarindo, my days were pretty simple. Between running an ad agency, starting a technology company and managing clients on the pubco/IR side, one might ask where I found the time. Here’s how I worked.
6am – wake
6:15 – drink a fresh papaya and banana smoothy
6:20 – paddle out and surf
8:00 – come back in and have breakfast
8:15 – be at desk for market opening
8:30 – 3:00 – Work. Eat. Work. Create. Work. Close a deal. Close another one. Eat. Work.
3:15 – walk around town and visit friends
4:00 – paddle out and surf until sunset
6:30 – meet friends to boast about best wave.
7:00 – eat dinner
9:00 – work
10:00 – go to bed
Somewhere in that time I also managed to do yoga and have sex. Probably in that order.
I have decided that whatever I do, it must be somewhere that will keep me fulfilled spiritually and athletically. Combined with my passion to succeed at every business venture I touch, it is a killing prospect for anyone who wants to work with me. Sharp in mind. Sharp in body. Sharp in spirit.
Over complicating work really tends to kill a business. Like the Buddhist saying, “Do one thing”.