So on my about page, I’ve listed a few of my values. I tried to keep it super simple because, well, people don’t like to read a bunch when they are shopping a site. So here’s a bit more about me. If you want to get more of a sense of who I am before you hire me or one of my organizers, you can also check our podcast The Total Home Experience.
For now, here are some more of my interests and experiences from my life on planet earth in the Milkyway galaxy.
I first discovered philosophy in my freshman year of college. A good friend of mine took a course at his community college and loved it so I figured I’d give it a try. Sure enough, it was also my cup of grey matter. I enjoyed the way it allowed me to examine human nature and ponder the really difficult questions of the world and universe. On top of that, look at what’s the best way to live as a human organism.
I grew to learn about Socrates, a man who questioned everything and developed a method of argumentation that is still, to this day, the best technique to use. Plato and his republic has made a tremendous impact on me, especially his allegory of the cave and his ideas about philosopher-kings, examining how philosophers should be the leaders of society, not lawyers. Something I deeply agree with.
Later I learned about Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, two stoic philosophers that helped me combat my depression and the fearful mindset I had since I was a child. These two really brought me a great deal of peace, as well as Alan Watts, who I named my first cat after.
Philosophy is always there for me in times of struggle and has always helped me through it. These have been some of my best teachers, and it’s blown my mind that their ideas and teaching are still relevant hundreds of years later. I’ve always aspired to be a great thinker like some of these men, a feat I’ll likely never achieve, but a guy can try, can’t he?
If philosophy is how people tend to work in nature, physics is why people work or exist at all, which is why I love this field of study. This is where I derive my spiritual practices from. The monuments feats of humans working together to learn more about just what the fuck is going on, where, and why we are at all!
I remember my first true “spiritual” event, or should I say, ‘mind exploding brain goo all over the wall’ event was when I first watched this video on the Hubble deep field. First, it’s just insane that humans are able to create a device that they threw into space, then took photos, and then discovered billions of other galaxies. Not stars, galaxies, with millions of stars, and billions of planets around each star. If that doesn’t set your relative scale to the vastness of the universe then I don’t know what will.
Everyone knows and loves Einstein, especially physicists they are all over his dick. They love that guy, and for good reason, he was right A LOT and moved the field forward tremendously! What a lot of people don’t know is that he didn’t win the Nobel for E=MC2, nope, he won it for his discovery of the photoelectric effect. Who knew? However, my favorite discovery of his is his theory of special relativity. Everything is relative… to the viewer.
But other notable physicists I love are Richard Feynman, Carlos Rovelli, Max Planck, Erwin Schrodinger.
Entrepreneurship and Business
I’ve planned on being an entrepreneur since I was roughly 13. My dad owned a building and he had a tenant that ran a bar and restaurant. Whenever we would meet with the bar owner he’d always just be waking up, which I thought was so cool. I wanted to wake up at 12 o’clock. Yet, later on in life I obviously learned that he wasn’t very good at business, and entrepreneurship requires working a shit ton, but it started me on a path.
My entrepreneurship plan never wavered. I learned about what it actually took, and was willing to make that sacrifice in exchange for a big payout later in life, as well as control over my time. I wasn’t a fan of being constrained to the school’s time schedule. I’m happy to work 16 hours, I just want to pick when those 16 hours are. At 14 I realized a job isn’t the best way to make a lot of money, you cap out early and there’s little potential to make more. While, with owning a business, the possibilities are, almost, limitless.
I started out wanting to own a restaurant, then a bar, and then I worked in the industry and hated it and decided that wasn’t the path for me. My first business however was with my friend Tyler Deyong. Tyler had just gotten his license and had a truck so we started a lawn care business. We went door to door handing out flyers and talking with people to drum up some money. That was brutal work, but we did it and made decent money too, at least for high schoolers.
After that, I got distracted for a few years and thought I had to go to college to be an entrepreneur. Which I kind of regret because I should have just started building a business and had an extra 4 years of experience instead of waiting until I left college.
Anyhow, I end up here, finally with a business I’m passionate about, that provides people with tremendous value in their lives, and happens makes money…. Unlike some giant startups, you may know of. It’s been a long road, but I wouldn’t do well on any other. Very excited about the road ahead too. I’ve got some great surprises.
That’s it for Part 1 of a bit about me. Check out part 2 in a few weeks.