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    Interview With Former NFL Player Mark Pattison

    Interview With Former  NFL Player Mark Pattison

    PODCAST W/ NFL PLAYER MARK PATTISON!

    I was invited on to Mark's podcast "Finding Your Summit" to talk about overcoming real adversity and finding a way out of dark places. Mark is a stud with a mission! He's attempting to become the first NFL player to climb the seven summits. He has climbed six out of the seven summits (the seven summits are the highest peaks on each continent). His final expedition will be to Mt. Everest, so it's an honor to hang with this guy and talk about shit that matters, and more importantly has the potential to help others.

    I really open up about some pretty dark shit that happened to me when I was growing up and how that drove me to overcome it and find my version of success. I was pretty hesitant to tell these stories, but I said fuck it. If telling my story helps a few folks, it's all worth it!

    Finding Your Summit

    The Life Cycle Of Achievement, In My Experience (Part 2)

    The Life Cycle Of Achievement, In My Experience (Part 2)

    "I don't want to get any messages saying, "I am holding my position." We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are constantly advancing, and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!" - Patton

    I've learned to see goals like this. We will never reach any goal in life and be able to lay back for the rest of our years, sipping cocktails and getting fat as ticks. Celebrate, sure, but I get bored on vacation after a few days. Everyone I know does. It's natural, but why? Well, we love the hunt and the closure and then what do we do? We look for the next hunt. This is the sweet spot. Success and hitting goals are cyclical and repeating.

    When we hit a major goal, we're at the top of the wave, and a part of us wants to set up camp there and live forever in perfection, but that isn't how it works! We can't stay on that peak forever, we have to build a new peak/goal to get that feeling back, but here's the thing. We tend to look at this cycle as a problem. Why can't I just be satisfied? Why do I always look for a new thing? Why can't I just freeze myself in this feeling in some kind of Han Solo Cryosleep and live in bliss forever? Again, It's not how this works and here's why...

    The process, risks, experiences and action that we went through to hit that last big goal are what gives us such satisfaction, and there is a time limit on this. The drug wears off. It's what we do when it wears off that separates the average person from the bad ass.

    I hate the feeling I have experienced when I had no big goal. I feel dead. So what's the answer? 

    I think we already know. Advance constantly. Learn to despise mediocrity. Attack. In writing this, I'm doing it to remind myself.

    If you missed part 1, click HERE!

    Evan

     

    Meet One More Wave

    Meet One More Wave

    Recently we had the chance to make our way to San Diego and visit our friends One More Wave, a non-profit charity surf corporation who create custom surfboards for veterans so they can find the therapy they need through the ocean.  

    Surfboards are personalized with custom artwork, designed from feedback from the recipient, and can feature wider shapes or added handles for veterans who may be disabled.  

     

    Kyle, Micah, and Rob of One More Wave gave us a full tour of where the boards are shaped, painted, and finished before being shipped out.  These guys go through thousands of applications, handle hundreds of boards in production, and put their hearts into manufacturing bad ass boards for our veterans in need.