08/22/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Carl Richards New York Times The Sketch Guy

How to Scale Influence with Carl Richards | Episode #79 I met Carl last year in gravel grey parking lot in Western Colorado. We had $5K cash, ready to do the deal. Carl Richards was selling his BMW Adventure bike to my friend Jon Dale. We discovered that we know some of the same people of […]

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08/16/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Adventure on the Water in Aspen

The Narrative I Tell Myself Every Day | Episode #78 Rob Bell says in his new book, How to Be Here, “We all have a blinking line, a cursor. Your blinking line is whatever sits in front of you waiting to be brought into existence”. The narrative I tell myself everyday frames my Work Life Play. Every […]

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08/14/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Honorable Work & The Short Bus

Honorable Work and The Short Bus | Episode #77 In some seasons, the work we do everyday may not be fulfilling, fun or live giving. I want to share a story with you about learning to do honorable work despite the circumstances. Knowing a number of your career stories, this story will challenge you to reframe […]

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08/09/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Recent adventure on the summit of Mt. Huron

Betting on Yourself | Episode #76 Warren Buffett says, Invest in what you know. Buffett is speaking about investing in things you already know and understand. I believe the idea applies to our Work Life Play. Betting on yourself is the best investment you can make of your time, money, resources and emotional calories. Bet on yourself. […]

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08/01/2016
Category: MicroAdventure, Podcast, Work Life Play
Kristen Howerton and our crew in our Surrey with Fringe on Top

Rage Against the Minivan with Kristen Howerton | Episode #75 I had this nutty idea of asking Kristen Howerton if she would be willing to do a podcast interview while riding in a Surrey with the Fringe on Top (picture a four-wheeled carriage with each person peddling) on the Newport Beach, CA boardwalk. She said, YES. Boom. Game […]

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07/29/2016
Category: MicroAdventure, Work Life Play
Harney Peak Watchtower South Dakota

MicroAdventure: Hike South Dakota’s Highest Peak I found this gem of a peak in an obscure mention in Outside or National Geographic Adventure. I knew it would make for a perfect MicroAdventure to hike South Dakota’s highest peak, Harney Peak. I tore out this adventure blurb for our Men’s Town Road Trip. Harney Peak is South […]

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07/27/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
The view from above Mount Huron in the Sawatch Range

Choosing Humility over Humiliation | Episode #74 It is a fine line between choosing humility over humiliation.  I use the phrase “Eating Humble Pie” when I feel the gravitational pull to choose humiliation over humility. I recorded this podcast after walking out of a CrossFit class with my tail narrowly tucked between my legs. I got worked. […]

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07/25/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Three Tribes & Our Weaker Muscles

Adventuring Outside Your Tribe | Episode #73 Seth Godin first introduced me to the idea of Tribes. The concept of a tribe is your people of origin, the place you belong. In our modern world, we also bounce between tribes and sometimes don’t experience the same security of belonging and confidence. Recently, I’ve found myself […]

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07/18/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Mercenaries & Missionaries

Mercenaries and Missionaries | Episode #72 I first heard this language of contrasting Mercenaries and Missionaries from Mike Rowe, TV personality from Dirty Jobs. He said, “I believe everyone should be both”. I agree with Mike and I take the idea a few steps further. As a result of Mike’s initial wisdom, I identified my Mercenary […]

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07/13/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Scene from Good Will Hunting -Good Enough vs. Perfect

The Pressure of Perfection | Episode #71 I have a confession to make. I get hung up with self-induced pressure of perfection. I have a vision of what things can become. As a result, I can easily get stuck in the muddy mire of perfect. I make things harder than they need to be. My […]

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07/11/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
RAD Cars with RAD Surfboard with Kevin Butler

Art with a Soul with Kevin Butler | #70 I discovered Kevin Butler’s art in a Herschel Supply Co. magazine in a surf shop in Laguna Beach, CA. The Journal Issue 2, was intoxicatingly stacked from cover to cover with images of surf, land, sea, play, beauty and art. Kevin’s RAD Cars with RAD Surfboards […]

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07/05/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
There is always a Third Way

The Third Way [Episode #69] I used to believe there were usually only two choices, Option #1 (the way I’ve always done it) or Option #2 (the way I don’t want to do it). I’ve discovered another option that I never knew existed. My wife and I have learned to call this alternative unforeseen option  The […]

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06/27/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Ken Segall's book, Think Simple

Simplicity: The Secret Weapon Behind Apple’s Success with Ken Segall [Episode #68] Podcast Highlights: The high’s and low’s of working side-by-side with Steve Jobs for twelve years. Discover the power of defeating complexity with simplicity. Watch the 1998 TV ads for the iMac with Jeff Goldblum. Why is simplicity so difficult to get right? Hear […]

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06/25/2016
Category: MicroAdventure, Work Life Play
Hanging Lake Colorado

MicroAdventure Hike Hanging Lake Hanging Lake is a must-see magical place perfect for a MicroAdventure hike. Hanging Lake reminds me of Peter Pan’s Mermaid Lagoon from the 1953 Disney. It’s so beautiful it doesn’t seem real. Located just seven miles outside of Glenwood Springs, CO Hanging Lake is a very popular destination. Normally, I would advise you […]

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06/15/2016
Category: MicroAdventure, Podcast, Work Life Play
Y Couloir Pikes Peak

Live a YES Life [Episode #67] I called my friend Gill at 10 am this morning. “Gill I’m calling you back. What’s up?” “We’re going to climb Pikes Peak today. You should join us Aaron.” Pause; remind myself that the lists of excuses for saying “No” are not that important or urgent or necessary. “YES. […]

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06/13/2016
Category: MicroAdventure, Podcast, Work Life Play
Heading into the Surf-Santa Cruz CA

How to Cheat Business Travel [Episode #66] Think differently Business travel does not have to be a drag. Remove resignation from your list of excuses. You can fulfill your work obligations and HAVE A GOOD TIME ALSO. Click to Listen to Podcast Come prepared adventure clothes running/walking/hiking shoes Petzl headlamp -my favorite Tikkina (cheap, light, […]

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06/08/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Anxiety is like a Tsunami Warning

What Anxiety is Trying to Teach You [Episode #65] I was boarding my flight to come back to the mainland and the Tsunami sirens started sounding. Within an hour of our departure from Kailua-Kona, HI, the Kona 2011 Tsunami waves hit the coast and pounded the shoreline for hours. If the Tsunami sirens had not […]

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06/06/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
Visual Summary of a Multi-Hour Conversation

Your Good Amount of Weird [Episode #64] Everybody is weird in a good way. Your weird is your superpower. Embrace your weird. Love your weird. Foster your weird. Practice being weird. A friend of ours told me a story about her son coming home from school sharing his acrostic (the thing you make where each letter […]

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06/02/2016
Category: Work Life Play
Big Sur California Coast

Scarcity and Abundance: What Do You Believe? A single mother raised me. Growing up, I watched her despairingly pay for groceries using food stamps. I mowed lawns to pay for my school clothes. On more than one occasion, my mom returned our collection of recyclable aluminum cans for their nickel deposit grocery store refund just […]

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06/01/2016
Category: Podcast, Work Life Play
9 Ways to Reboot Your Life

9 Ways We Rebooted Our Life [Episode #63] My wife Leith McHugh was interviewed last week on Rob Bell’s Robcast Episode 99 | Leith McHugh on Rebooting Your Life. You will want to listen to this powerful interview. I put together a summary of the nine key areas that were part of our Life Reboot. In this […]

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