Looking back to a simpler time

Looking back to a simpler time

November 14, 2018

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”.