I’m from a small town in Wisconsin and I relocated to the Twin Cities in 2005. I married my wife, Lois, in January of 2013. And we welcomed our son, Cal, into the world in March of 2017.
I’m a 13 year veteran from the business world. My experience spans over several different industries and businesses. To sum up my time in the corporate world, I felt that it was one big rat race to get that “next job”. And I usually got that job, but it came at the expense of countless extra hours, my health and my mental health. As I kept climbing the corporate ladder, I felt more lost than before.
But why? I was doing what I was told to do in order to be successful; put your head down and work hard. Be the first one in and the last one to leave. That leads to exhaustion and complete burn out! I was miserable. And I was making everyone around me miserable.
I learned a thing or two about managing seasons of life. Even while training for and finishing my first Ironman race, even while on the path to paying off a mortgage (24 years early). A season of intense focus and hard work MUST be balanced with a season of deep refueling and recharging. There’s a rhythm to work and life. There’s not balance.
And to me, that looks like going to places surrounded by beauty that draw out my creativity and high level thinking. I surround myself with people that are growing and we have deep conversations over a great glass of pinot noir! Because we don’t get our most creative and industry changing ideas while sitting behind our computers, laptops or iPhone screens …
From that, The Reaching Beyond Experience was created.