About Aaron

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Hi I’m Aaron McHugh.

I want to help you live on purpose and discover your path to a well-lived life. I write and speak on how to make adjustments to your thinking, your beliefs, and your habits. The rewards are experiencing more joy, adventure, connection.

I love helping people find deeper meaning and purpose in life, work, and adventure. A couple of fun things about me. I love creating an excuse to hike to the top of a hill and fire up a fresh coffee. My college English professor told me I wasn’t a very good writer, but I knew better.

I’m on a quest to climb all fifty-eight of the fourteen thousand foot peaks in Colorado. I have seventeen more to go. I booked my first podcast guest in 2012 without knowing how to record and release a podcast.

I love facilitating clarity and discovery, being a lifestyle ambassador and continually exploring. I see myself as a guide offering field reports from my experiences. I end all 150+ Work Life Play podcast (Subscribe here) episodes with my mantra Keep Going born out of my love for curious exploration.

I believe that life is a blank canvas waiting for us to pick up our brush, everything is spiritual and we’re all connected.

Why is it called Work Life Play?

I believe that work-life balance is incomplete. The assumption is that our work and our life somehow find a healthy equilibrium. In reality, I find it way more helpful to think of finding sustainable rhythms that enable us to keep going.

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” James Michener

Official Bio for Aaron McHugh

Aaron McHugh is a writer, podcaster, adventurer, and author of the best-selling book, Fire Your Boss: A Manifesto to Rethink How You Think About Work. He is mastering the art of living a sustainable work-life balance that constantly interweaves rhythms of play and adventure. That includes road trips in their 1974 VW Bus, aka The Joy Bus, catapulting them into many father-daughter adventures together.

Aaron works as an Affiliate Advisor for Aberkyn, a division of McKinsey & Co as a facilitator of transformation. He also works with Moving Performance, facilitating leadership change through the power of music.

Aaron loves ideas. He loves to dream up new adventures. He is a Starbucks French press coffee snob and is at his best if he gets out for his daily run. He works for a global change leadership consulting company alongside Work Life Play.

He and his wife Leith live in Colorado Springs, CO. They are celebrating twenty-five years of marriage in December. Their marriage has survived the death of their twelve-year-old daughter Hadley in 2011. Their twenty-two-year-old son Holden lives in Costa Mesa and is thriving in recovery three years clean and sober. Their youngest daughter lives at home still.

In 2015 they rebooted their lives, sold their house and all of their belongings to reboot their life and start their life over again. It hasn’t been easy, but they would do it again. They love traveling, drinking box wine and spending time with their creative, hilarious and courageous kids.

In Work, he’s covered the spectrum from ringing in the Opening Day trading bell at the London Stock Exchange to humble beginnings of selling office supplies door-to-door.

In Play, he’s an adventurer. He’s an Ironman triathlete, mountaineer, and is learning to surf. He recently accomplished a Life List dream of mountain biking the entire Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver.

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