What I “do”

You should know…

I hope these air quotes I made around the word “do” mean something to you. To me, they are meant to represent the fact that what I do is significantly less important to me than my values and ideals.

In order of importance:

  1. Why you do X
  2. How you do X
  3. When you do X
  4. X

When 1 is in order, 4 is free to change over time. When 1, 2, and 3, are in their proper place…damn…That’s gonna be onehelluvan X.

What I do to make real human dollars:

I own/operate a continuing education company for health professionals.

We’re talking chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, personal trainers, strength coaches, phys-ed teachers, athletic trainers, osteopaths, and pretty well everyone else in the “health” fields (as oppose to healthcare, which is actually more what I’d call sick care). Also…

I work as a sports/rehab chiropractor

…sort of. I used to work in a clinic that I started 7 years ago, but sold to focus on other things. Yup, I worked in a business that I started and someone else runs. I am committed to a certain life, one that’s worth sharing, and running my own clinic was not jiving with the life I wanted, so it had to go. 

As of August 2018, I no longer have a daily clinical practice. Now, I only do consults and work with a very select few people. If you want to see what a consult will entail with me check here.

Funny story… 

I also own another clinic

…but I don’t work in it at all. We (my wife and I) started it 3 years ago as a place for my wife to work with her client base, pregnant women and young children. That business has gone extremely well since day one, and I have had minimal involvement with the daily operations, aside from startup planning, branding, and major decisions.

Man, it never seems to end.

I also teach..and gives talks…a lot.

I teach other health professionals in very specific topics related to optimum human movement and rehab. This is one of my favourite content-based topics and you’ll see me writing about it quite a lot. I have also given talks on entrepreneurship, career design, leadership, business, and philosophy. I dabble in life coaching and business coaching, but find I don’t often have the time for those now. 

Between my continuing education business and teaching/speaking, I am probably on the road about 30 weekends of the year. In the coming years, I intend to spend much more of my time internetting (that’s a thing, right?), public speaking, and adventuring. Is there any of this you want to do together?

What I do for living:

I train my physical body.

Kettlebells, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, “Functional” Training, and just plain old fooling around on the ground. I have been training others how to move better and feel better for 16 years now. So you could say this one’s a mainstay of my interests. I spend a lot of my time testing out new ideas and concepts on myself so i have a good idea what it will feel like with clients.

I train my mind.

This comes mainly in the form of reading. Some years it is 50+ books, other years it is more like 10, but it seldom stops. I tend not to read much fiction, but will generally read everything else, with a special interest in business, leadership, and self development. Currently I read about 10 journal articles per week on average. 

I train my ego.

I train to control it. By that, I mean that I constantly put myself into scenarios where I am a beginner, or am naive to nuances and specificities. I don’t necessarily need many new skills, but I like to be comfortable enough with a wide variety of topics that it makes me generally better at solving problems from any realm (if you can do first aid, build a website, lift 400 lbs, give a great speech, and change a tire, you’ve got  lot of other things covered, but know enough about all of them to know that you’re no expert).

I explore…pretty hard.

This is where most of my injuries have come from. My mom (Hi, mom!) likes to say that most of my injuries arose from boredom. I heli-ski, backcountry camp/hike, paddleboard, snowboard, like my time on two wheels, end up in water a lot, and get lost often (sometimes scarily so). So far, no accidental nights alone in the wilderness…fingers crossed for future good luck.

I travel for fun and adventure.

To the best of my recollection, here’s the list of countries/places to date:

  1. China
  2. Jamaica
  3. England
  4. Morocco
  5. Portugal
  6. Spain
  7. France
  8. Austria
  9. Switzerland
  10. Italy
  11. Greece
  12. Bolivia
  13. Peru
  14. Mexico
  15. Hawaii (counting it, because it’s not your typical “state”)
  16. Bahamas
  17. 23 states (USA)
  18. 9 provinces (Canada)

I think that’s it? I don’t really keep track over time. This isn’t a checklist for me. I don’t really care to brag that I’ve done something, so much as actually do it. Next up on the list of places I would really like to experience are Japan (Japow snowboarding trip), a few spots in Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania), the northern aspects of North America (Alaska, NWT, Northern BC), Patagonia, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and a few more central American countries. That should keep me busy for a while.

My areas of “expertise”

Whatever that means?

Lifestyle design.

I didn’t know this about myself until the last few years. When you’ve lived a few different places, then return there years later and realize that most (not all) people have done a fantastic job of making their lives into emotional and financial prisons, you naturally contrast their lives and decisions with your own. When other people reflect your decisions and your life back at you, it gives you a real sense of what you must look like from the outside. To put it mildly, I’ve been told that other people want my life. Wouldn’t you know it, I’ve done a lot of bucket-list-style stuff, my day-to-day life gets constant moans of “must be nice” from outsiders, and I have had the pleasure of being surrounded by very smart people for the last decade. If I were looking at my own life from another person’s perspective, I’d give a slow clap, a head nod, and ask for some inspiration…because external me wouldn’t have known what real me struggled through to make it just such. More on that in coming blogs and videos.

*Side note – Making  millions has never been a priority. Neither has “seeing” as much of the world as possible. Neither has getting up at 5 to “embrace the grind” until midnight. Ever wondered how it plays out in the real world? Talk to your average 50 year old long-haul pilot, Fortune 500 C Level exec, or millionaire actor. There’s a great chance that their list of regrets includes horrible relationships with their family, health problems, and financial distress. This flies in the face of what I want, which is lifestyle quality, not experience quantity. I don’t want it all. I just want the right amount of the right things. You want to see the world? Go ahead, but when you get home, your world is waiting. I am hedging my bets by making my own world as amazing as possible. In my world, travel is a bonus which is used primarily as a zoom-out, not a way to distract myself from the fact that my “real” life otherwise lacks substance. My “real” life is amazing, the fact that I can choose to work anywhere, if I so choose, is just gravy. I digress…

Human Health and Movement.

I remember still the first time I went to a gym and witnessed people doing things that were, to little old me, super-human. At 13, it was incomprehensible that the locals in my home town could train to be able to lift heavy things, do the splits, do a backflip, dance the tango, jump off of buildings, or hold their breath for minutes on end. I thought it was meant for the movies…other people in other places.

Fast forward to now, two decades later, and the infatuation has only grown. A short list of the things which have taken an inordinate amount of my time have been breakdancing, ice hockey, snowboarding, every other board sport, bodybuilding, Olympic Weightlifting, kettlebell training, long-distance hiking, and…underwater basket-weaving (for a friend). My interests are quite vast. In fact, my kryptonite is reduction-based decision making. Whattaya mean, I can’t do all of those things right now and forever more?

Adventuring.

That’s a pretty loosely defined one, I understand. I have no hard and fast training, nor do I have any self-developed skill sets. I have been known to venture off into the woods completely unprepared. And that’s how I like it. I believe that some decisions need to be calculated, but a real true sense of adventure and the personal growth that comes from adventure has certain criteria. I say I have expertise in adventuring not because I have advanced skills in it, but I understand the necessity of it and the philosophy of it’s pursuit. Here’s a bit about it, to whet your adventure appetite. 

  1. If every detail is planned, it’s not adventure, it’s a trip.
  2. Maps are god to inform your decisions, but you should learn how to move through the world without them.
  3. If you are afraid of sleeping outside, you aren’t living.
  4. If there is no possibility of getting lost, again, you’re on a trip.
  5. You learn the most about yourself and your true place on this planet when you predict outcomes incorrectly.
  6. Inclement weather, within reason, can stop a picnic, not an adventure.
  7. If you wait too long to adventure, you won’t do it. You must go now.
  8. Everyone and anyone can adventure…but you’re not doing yourself any favours if you’re unhealthy or stressed, both of which might lead to poor outcomes on and adventure, but less likely on a trip.

Well, there you have it. You probably get a loose sense of what I do.