and Go Skateboarding Day brought me back! So if you’ve seen my LinkedIn page or Facebook you’re probably familiar with all the endeavors I wrapped myself in. I completed my graduate assistantship at the University of Nevada, Reno, I completed my Master in Business Administration degree in Sustainability, I finished my internship at Sierra Business Council in Truckee and now I have time to return to THE ISSUES! (applause applause)
But before I do I’d like to divulge some of the life lessons I’ve learned in the past 10 months. First, screw jobs that make you unhappy. Because in the end your employer is probably unhappy (whether you’re the cause or not), your co-workers are unhappy (and who needs to be around grumpy people) and if the actual labor sucks then what’s left? I know Nevada is not the easiest place to apply the mentioned methods but I’m done working for people who constantly bring you down to make themselves feel better. Or who are so unhappy with their lives they find a way to suppress your happiness. I drove to Truckee (an hour drive just getting there) once a week, to work for free (well class credit!) but I continued to do it and loved every minute because the work was interesting and the people valued the work I put in. So in turn I yearned to make a difference and still volunteer with them because I enjoyed it so much.
The same applied to my UNR job. I loved the people I worked with, we would laugh and laugh and laugh and still get work done! We would still be there for students and employers and provide excellent service. But everyone knew they were in a place that valued them as people, not objects.
I also learned that people are devious! Not like I didn’t know this could occur before but I didn’t think it applied to “professional” educational groups where young people could just come together and share their experiences but in reality people were there just trying to snake your job. I didn’t think it applied to wedding planning. That manufacturers would flat our lie that their Anjolique wedding dress didn’t have manufacturing issues and refuse to fix it, thereby costing me. Or that companies realize that this is a once in a lifetime day so they are well aware of how to screw you over because you’ve never done it before and if you end up doing it again they could care less if you remember them.
I also took a long hard look at what career would make me happy. Most would think, well duh action sports, snowboarding, ski resorts, but when you look at it long term, when you start to think about the sustainability of industries, of the type of companies involved, you end of up asking yourself serious questions that don’t have an answer.
School, classmates, group projects and a few professors brought my patience to a whole new level. I can happily report that I made it through my MBA without a single cheat, without a single slack and without missing a single assignment. Which I did not realize until three weeks before graduation that that was a rare feat. School is a completely different atmosphere than life and jobs and I’m proud to say that I have completed everything I wanted to with my educational goals. I hope to encounter people in the real world who know how to make powerpoints and embrace technology. Excuses are the ultimate reason anyone is ever held back from anything.
I am no longer scared of losing sleep after I have kids. Three jobs and 12 MBA credits will make you lose sleep. You have to answer to bosses and professors and show what you have accomplished regardless of your circumstances. Kids care what you do and how you treat them, but they don’t need a 50 page report. They want food, sleep and someone to play with. When I’ve spent the last 10 months staying up until 3am and then getting up for work at 7am I think kids will be far more fun! On another note television at 2am is priceless!
…and most of all, I learned who is truly by my side. There are those in your life that will be gung ho about your new ideas, dreams and plans. But when things get tough, or don’t go as planned, you’ll be able to weed out who will stick around in your life for the long-term. I was lucky enough to marry that person a few weeks ago and that is what life is all about.
But you’ll never know for sure how things play out and what life turns into if you sit by the sidelines. For now I’m working on new deck designs, throwing out a few decks to the kids around town and promoting a brand that has great values and staying power. I’m volunteering to help the energy watch program, continuing the geotourism effort and hoping to spend my time on Nevada’s energy issues. Energy issues aren’t going to go away, skateboarding and snowboarding are only getting stronger and the world of entertainment is endless with possibilities. So stay tuned!