Humans rise when they have purpose

I’ve always been fascinated by Super Heroes and their ability to overcome impossible odds to save the day when all hope was lost.

In particular, I was fascinated with the chemistry between Super heroes and their teams.

Because they ALL have teams. Whether it was Lois Lane and Superman, the Avengers and Captain America, or the SEALs in modern combat operations, I love the legend – and reality – of individuals with callings to do something MORE.

As a small farmtown kid from the mid-west, I’ve been blessed to have an epic life journey spanning the Naval Academy, the Navy SEALs, combat zones, diplomatic negotiations between nations, peak performance in the NFL, and entrepreneurial creations to transform the future.

The common thread of all of these experiences were the incredible leaders I had the opportunity to partner with along the way. Whether it was my parents’ early guidance, my mentors who have influenced me, or my friends that have locked arms with me to accomplish seemingly insurmountable tasks that required the combined superpowers of teams, I believe that humans are not individual and separate as our egos would sometimes lead us to believe, but all part of a greater collective designed to function as one.

I love the history of the underdog; and the paradox of understanding that true power comes from naked humility, authenticity, and vulnerability. The strength to understand that the most difficult challenge, as my mentor Tom Crum taught me, is for “The true warrior cuts through their story and steps forth from their vision.”

I have been in awe that on each of my hero’s journeys, the perfect guide has appeared at the critical moment they were needed to carry me across the chasm and enable my team and I to accomplish what we did not innately have the capability to do at the outset of our journey.

In today’s era of disruption and uncertainty, my call to adventure is to enable others to answer theirs. Whether through 1 on 1 guiding on development of your vision or drawing out your execution map, building bridges across societal gaps through story, or opening possibility for connection through technology, we have never in history had the intrinsic conscious awareness nor the extrinsic crises which compel us to evolve as a collective for the betterment of the entire planet.

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Jun 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island with Presidents Bush and Al Yawar
Jun 2004
G8 Summit in Sea Island with Presidents Bush and Al Yawar
2005 Jun First exposure to National Decision Making
Jun 2005
First exposure to National Decision Making
2005 Jun Home Improvement Projects with Dad and Andy
Jun 2005
Home Improvement Projects with Dad and Andy
2005 Jun Julia's Medical School Graduation
Jun 2005
Julia's Medical School Graduation
2005 Mar Our first Child
Mar 2005
Our first child
2006 Dec Iceclimbing Training in Telluride
Dec 2006
Ice-climbing Training in Telluride
2006 Dec Maui - Julia's favorite place
Dec 2006
Julia's favorite place
2007 Dec Our first baby bump2
Dec 2007
Our first baby bump
2008 Jun Connor Arrives2
Jun 2008
Connor Arrives!
2008 Dec Connor's first Army Navy Game2
Dec 2008
Connor's first Army Navy Game
2010 Jun Juls (and Rachel) in Scotland with Tony and Sage
Jun 2010
In Scotland with Tony and Sage
2010 The View from half way up El Capitan
2010
The view from half way up El Capitan
2010 Sep Rachey arrives...Connor is a big brother
Sep 2010
Rachel arrives... Connor is a big brother
2012 May Abigail Arrives!
May 2012
Abigail Arrives!
2012 Aug Andy and Jess’s Wedding
Aug 2012
Andy and Jess’s Wedding
2012 Aug Celebrating with Dad
Aug 2012
Celebrating with Dad
2013 My first Broadway investment - Kinky Boots
2013
My first Broadway investment - Kinky Boots
Sep 2013 Family vacation in Rome
Sep 2013
Family vacation in Rome
2015 Jul Our first smores in CA on July 4, 2015
Jul 2015
Our first smores in California on July 4, 2015
2015 Jul Rachel and Abby doing the real work in the office
Jul 2015
Rachel and Abby working in the office
2015 Nov Speaking at Websummit
Nov 2015
Speaking at Web Summit in Ireland
2015 Sep FIghting with Warren Buffet for his wallet on the sidelines of the Miamia Dolphins
Sep 2015
Fighting with Warren Buffet for his wallet on the sidelines of the Miami Dolphins
2016 Learning from Tom Crum and Claus Oberitz in Aspen
2016
Learning from Tom Crum and Klaus Obermeyer in Aspen
2017 Dec Connor learning from the wall of Medal of Honor heroes
Dec 2017
Connor learning from the Navy SEAL Wall of Medal of Honor heroes
2017 Dec My team at the BUDS compound in Dec of 2017
Dec 2017
My team at the BUDS compound in Dec of 2017
2017 Dec The kids learning about the SEALs...and not to ring the bell
Dec 2017
The kids learning about the SEALs...and not to ring the bell
2017 Dec Sensei Tom Crum teaching us the Magic of Conflict
Dec 2017
Sensei Tom Crum teaching us the Magic of Conflict
Jun 2004 G8 Summit in Sea Island with Presidents Bush and Al Yawar
2005 Jun First exposure to National Decision Making
2005 Jun Home Improvement Projects with Dad and Andy
2005 Jun Julia's Medical School Graduation
2005 Mar Our first Child
2006 Dec Iceclimbing Training in Telluride
2006 Dec Maui - Julia's favorite place
2007 Dec Our first baby bump2
2008 Jun Connor Arrives2
2008 Dec Connor's first Army Navy Game2
2010 Jun Juls (and Rachel) in Scotland with Tony and Sage
2010 The View from half way up El Capitan
2010 Sep Rachey arrives...Connor is a big brother
2012 May Abigail Arrives!
2012 Aug Andy and Jess’s Wedding
 2012 Aug Celebrating with Dad
2013 My first Broadway investment - Kinky Boots
Sep 2013 Family vacation in Rome
2015 Jul Our first smores in CA on July 4, 2015
2015 Jul Rachel and Abby doing the real work in the office
2015 Nov Speaking at Websummit
2015 Sep FIghting with Warren Buffet for his wallet on the sidelines of the Miamia Dolphins
2016 Learning from Tom Crum and Claus Oberitz in Aspen
2017 Dec Connor learning from the wall of Medal of Honor heroes
2017 Dec My team at the BUDS compound in Dec of 2017
2017 Dec The kids learning about the SEALs...and not to ring the bell
2017 Dec Sensei Tom Crum teaching us the Magic of Conflict
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