Here’s the thing…

Here’s the thing…

Every had someone come up to you and literally place a deal in your lap? Like just GIVE you an opportunity that you couldn’t refuse?

Well I think that just happened to me.

I was talking to a friend of mine when he mentioned that his brother was starting up a tree care company. He told me that it has been up and running for several months and that they need a new CFO.

Now, I didn’t want to take advantage of the situation. I didn’t just demand to be the new CFO at this tree service company. But I’m not going to lie: I wanted the gig. It wasn’t long into the conversation that he told me he was considering me. I felt ecstatic, but knew there were many things to work out.

Anyway, I probably shouldn’t say much more than that, but if you have a chance, please give them a follow on Facebook, here:


I think they’d really appreciate it! tree



Time To Get Up

Time To Get Up

What I mean is… you need to get up after you fall down.

And not just physically, but emotionally. If you never learn how to get up after you have a huge life set back, then you’ll never be able to grow.

You know, failure is a huge part of growing. As they say, you need to learn how to “fail forward”. I used to get so confused by this phrase. One of my friends who owns his own iphone repair company said that to me one day, and I was utterly confused. This is how he explained it to me:

You need to learn how to fail forward.

He said it sternly, as if it was important. Turns out, it definitely was. The importance of learning from your mistakes and failures cannot be strained enough.

If you never learn how to extract every bit of wisdom out of a failure or a setback, then you will not get to your destination, or at least as soon as you wanted to.

So next time you have a setback, just remember, there is a lesson to be learned.

Feel free to contact me to discuss further.


Checking In

Checking In

Hey guys,

Just wanted to check in and ask you one question:


What do you want most in life?

What are you really wanting to get from a lifetime’s worth of experiences?


I met yet again with a friend you runs the business at and he suggested to me that I ask a general question in this blog. He himself is someone I’m holding accountable to get back to me with an answer sometime this week!


Please let me know in the comments or on email and I’ll be getting in touch with you on the Facebook group!




Son of a Batch

Son of a Batch

Now, before all of you get wound up about the title of this article, let me explain a bit.

I want to write today a little bit about efficiency and productivity.

Specifically, I want to encourage you all to batch your tasks to save MASSIVE amounts of time.

This article is short and straight to the point; BATCH your mundane, repetitive tasks. Be a son of a BATCH. Be sure to find tasks that are similar in action and do them all at the same time.

If you are going back and forth between tasks and to-do’s that are not similar and take massive mental swaying to switch between, then you are not doing yourself any favor.

I may be writing a more full-length article on this in the future.


How To Title Yourself

How To Title Yourself

Put yourself into this situation:


You are 24 years old. You’ve decided to leave your day job as a service technician for a telephone company in pursuit of self-employment – to be your own boss, to make it on your own. You decide to take a passion of yours, rock climbing, and turn it into a business by offering rock climbing lessons to other rock-climbing enthusiasts locally.


You contact a local rock climbing gym and negotiate a lease on a portion of their rock wall in order to conduct your private lessons in their gym. You’re all set. You have a service to offer and a place to offer it.


A few weeks in, your business begins to develop some word-of-mouth traction in your city. You’re one of the few rock climbing experts in the area and demand is high. Perfect!


Now back to our questions. Now that your small business is gaining traction and people are beginning to talk about you and to you, how are you supposed to label yourself? Owner? CEO? Founder? The answer is none of the above.


If you are starting a new business by yourself, giving yourself the title of CEO/Owner/Founder makes your company look as small as it actually is. As you pass out your “CEO of Rock Climbing, etc.” card, it clearly identifies you as the only person in the organization, causing people to take you less seriously.


When I opened up an advertising agency and was the only employee for the first 6 months or so, I put the title “Creative Director” on my business card. If you call yourself “Creative Director”, “Lead Sales Associate”, “Rock Climbing Consultant”, or anything other than COE/Owner/Founder, you will be implying that you are one part of a larger organization, and people will be more likely to look into your company and/or services.


I have to mention at this point – you’re not trying to mislead people. You want them to know exactly what it is that you do for your company, while at the same time preventing them from coming to the conclusion that your business is too small to be of use to them because you are the only employee.…
Millions of Anything

Millions of Anything

One Million
Many people in the world long to be the next greatest hit in the business world.


To make it big with a great idea or invention.


I know what you’re thinking. “How can I take this great idea I have and turn it into millions of dollars?” Well, the first step may not be to accumulate millions of dollars, but rather, a million of anything. If you can’t make a million dollars, can you accumulate a million viewers on a YouTube channel? Can you gain a million followers on any social media channel? Can you get your target market to use your product for free a million times?


The digital age that we’re currently in allows us to monetize practically any kind of traffic. Views, swipes, taps, likes; these can all be monetized through clever marketing and a well thought out business plan. If you have a million users using an app that you created, even if it is a free app, there is definite value there with many options of how to monetize.
How do you think blogs, apps and informative websites that don’t have an actual product end up making money? They leverage their viewership and traffic but selling products on the back end of you becoming a member, viewer, etc.
So that is my question for you today.
If you’re wanting to make a million dollars, but don’t have a business producing that amount of money, can you produce or accumulate a million of anything?
It’s an interesting thought to think about today.


Get Started Today

Get Started Today

Today I’ll be writing a short post in honor of my younger brother, Samuel.

Samuel recently opened up his own business in South Texas. Corpus Christ, to be exact.

Sam has always had an entrepreneurial spirit about him, and it was no surprise to me when he decided to “go out on a limb” and open up his own tree service company called “Corpus Christi Tree Care”.

So far, they’ve been doing a lot of great work and have secured their own territory in the city, making sure that the other tree companies in the city know that they are there for the long-haul.

So with this post, I wish my brother all the best, and all the luck I can give towards his new venture.

For those of you thinking about starting your own company soon, take my brother’s lead, go out “on a limb”, “branch out”, and just do it! You can thank me later!

Be sure to contact me by email or phone if you’re needing any advice on how to get your own business started up today!


The Leap Of Faith

The Leap Of Faith

I encourage many people on a regular basis to achieve the goals they set out for themselves, whether that is exploring the great outdoors in one of our expeditions, raising their kids in a respectable manner or even quitting their job and starting the business they’ve always thought about.
However, many people are hesitant to take the “leap of faith”, leaving their day job to pursue their dream of starting and running their own business. They are afraid that once they are out of a job, they will be out of income. And for many people, this may very well be true if they aren’t taking the proper preparatory steps leading up to the “big leap”. It goes without saying, if you’d like to comfortably make the transition from day job to self employment, you need to have already developed a decent clientele in your new venture before saying “sayonara” to trading your time for money at your 9-5. To do this, you will have to begin offering your services in your spare time.
Here are three things to check with yourself before making the big decision:
  1. Do I have a clientele large enough to support me and my family month in and month out?
  2. Are the payments I’m getting from clients recurring, or one-time payments that I won’t be able to depend on in the long run (one-time jobs vs. accounts)?
  3. Do you have a plan in place to ramp up your prospecting and rapidly grow your client base and get your business rolling?
The good news is that you already have your first client. It’s your current employer.
This is a perspective shift that will allow you to look at your time differently. At the moment, you are trading 40-50 hours a week for your “primary client” to pay you a consistent wage. However, as you begin to take on more clients, building your business from the ground up, you will be able to negotiate with your employer for less work hours and/or remote working arrangements.
The Most Important Piece of Equipment

The Most Important Piece of Equipment

What is the most important piece of equipment you could bring out on the range?

I get asked this question a lot by adventurers who are about to go on guided outdoor expeditions with us. “What is the most important item to bring?”, “What will I be needing to survive the elements?”

However, most of the time when I give an answer to this question, people tend to think that I’m joking, because it’s not actually a piece of tangible equipment I believe you need to survive, but something mental.

When you’re alone in the wild, nothing more than you, your thoughts and the environment that surrounds you, you tend to go one of two ways mentally.

Either you’re going to begin thinking about all of the ways things could go wrong and all of the ways you could fail to survive, or the opposite. You could think about all of the ways you could end up surviving, tactics you could use to make camp overnight, strategies you could employ to find shelter, fresh water or food for the day.

Survival is a mental game. In most cases, those who believe that there is a chance of survival can last days longer that those who truly believe that there is no hope for them to survive.

You have to be mentally resilient. You have to want to survive.

Look at this quote from Jamais Cascio

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

Cascio is speaking about overcoming the unexpected, overcoming the elements, overcoming all opposition to the notion that you are going to survive.

When you’re mentally tapped out it’s only a matter of time before your body and physical state begin to mirror what is going on inside your mind.

When your mind begins to weaken, remember these points:

  • Your body is only as strong as your mind
  • Once your mental state is compromised, it’s only a matter of time before your body follows suit
  • Those who go into a situation expecting to survive are truly and statistically more likely to

One of my favor quote, and I have no clue where it is from or who said it, is:

One man thought that he could accomplish his goals.

My Story – Scott

My Story – Scott

As some of you know, the name’s Scott.

I’ve been an outdoor adventurer for decades. But even more than that, I’ve played other roles as well.

The role of son, brother, student, teacher, father outdoorsman and salesman, to name a few.

One day, several years ago, it hit me that I was going to have to change up a few of my “roles” if I was to accomplish what I wanted to with my life. I knew that some of the roles, especially the ones that correlated to my career and professional life, would have to drastically change, if not go away altogether. I knew that I needed to prioritize and focus on the roles that held more weight and had more value, and then get rid of the roles that weren’t adding anything to my life, but rather detracting from it and spending my time in areas that were wasteful.

I used to think that if I spent enough focused and dedicated time doing one role with excellence, passion and drive, that later on in life it would afford me more time to play the other roles that I liked more.

For instance, I thought that is I could only focus 100% of my time and energy on my career and professional life, that later on in life I would be able to spend more time with my family after my career was making me enough money to then take more time off.

However, what I’ve learned, and am still learning, is that going full-on in one role is not the answer.

Doing one thing, or one role, in your life with excellence and discipline yet leaving all of the other roles aside and neglected, is not the way to go.

So what is the right way? What is it that will get you where you want to go in life without sacrificing excellence, success and forward motion?

In my humble opinion, the answer is balance.

Balance is what allows you to play all of the different roles in your life with excellence and passion, yet not neglect and of the important roles for the non-important roles in the long run.…