I am an independent learner, entrepreneur, investor, innovator, and community builder living in Bentonville, AR. I am currently the Head of Technology at the Whole Health Institute - an organization seeking to make whole health accessible and affordable to all people. I am husband to Kathryn Carlisle.
A few worthy bullet points
My mission in life is to help as many people as possible live more fulfilling lives by helping them improve their spiritual, mental, and physical health and well-being.
I aspire to build products and services and be an investor in entrepreneurs that positively impact billions of people's lives. I hope to influence millions with my ideas through writing, speaking, and data science. And if I reach those goals, I will help others do the same.
My purpose, or what I actually do, is focus every day toward creating, learning, and connecting with my family, friends, co-workers, and community doing things that help people as much as possible. I believe I have a gift for understanding technology and how it impacts the world and I enjoy learning how to use it to build products, glean insights, solve problems, connect people, and tell compelling stories.
You can see how I'm doing by following my work on this blog and checking out my behaviors in real-time on Gyroscope.
com·pas·sion | /kəmˈpaSHən/ noun : sympathetic consciousness of others
Being compassionate to others is the foundation for everything I do in my life. It's the one quality that, no matter what situation I am in, is the right thing to uphold. I was raised a Christian, I journeyed through agnosticism, and now I am a practicing Christian again. Through my journey, what I learned is that most common virtue that connects people across all religious beliefs is caring for others.
in·teg·ri·ty | \ in-ˈte-grə-tē\noun: adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values
Maintaining integrity is very much an ideal to me. It's impossible to uphold 100% of the time and trying to hold myself to a perfect standard of integrity leads to anxiety. Instead, I use the value of integrity as a tool for evaluating how well I follow through on what I say I'm going to do. The difference between what I say I will do and what I do is the source of my self-esteem and how much other people trust me. In practice, I aim to be intentional with what I commit to and also diligent in reflecting on how I spend my time.
per·se·ver·ance | \ ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s\ noun: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
I believe that what separates the good from the great and those that fail versus those that succeed is perseverance. Moreover, I believe anything is possible given the amount of time and effort you put into it. Of course, some things might be impossible if they consume more than a lifetime to accomplish, but more often than not, people give up way before they ever know impossibility to be true. I remind myself of this dynamic when things get really tough. When I think that something isn't going to work, I ask myself "is reaching this goal essential to my core purpose in life?" If it is, then I am willing to persevere through anything to see it succeed.
well·ness | \ ˈwel-nəs\ noun: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal
Wellness and it's closely related cousin, Well-being, are essential for all aspects of my life. I know that when I am well, I am more capable of showing compassion to others. I know that I perform better in life, work and leisure when I take care of my mind, body, and spirit. I know that I am my most creative when I'm healthy and I know that I can challenge myself to do more if I am aware of my well-being.
I also believe that our world will be a better place the more human-beings can collectively prioritize their health and well-being. Wellness and well-being are heavily influenced by our surroundings, so it's important to take care of the environment we live in every day. I believe that we would solve more of our difficult problems and we would be better stewards of our planet too.
cu·ri·os·i·ty | \ ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē\ noun: interest leading to inquiry
Curiosity is a double edged sword for me. I have an insatiable desire to learn new things and I am most energized when I am working on stuff that requires me to learn. This has lead me down exciting and profitable paths, more than I ever could have imagined as a C+ student in high school. I use to be afraid to learn things I enjoyed because I didn't know that many people who liked the same things I did. For example, in high school I loved taking apart and rebuilding computers and I spent most of my private time watching anime - two things that my classmates ridiculed. I suppressed those interests until my senior year of college. Now, learning about technology is my job and I draw inspiration and empathy from the incredible artwork in anime films. Learning in high school seemed like such a means to an end to me. Now, learning is what I do the majority of my days.
The downside is that my appetite for learning is far greater than what I will ever have time to learn in my life. I often get lost exploring topics and crafting learning plans, when I could be focussing more on the wisdom and insights of the present moment. Sometimes I wonder if suppressing my curiosity as a kid has lead to my aggressive learning as a way to make up for lost time?
cre·a·tiv·i·ty | \ ˌkrē-(ˌ)ā-ˈti-və-tē\ noun: the ability to create
I believe that the times I am most in sync with the Universe is when I'm being creative in a flow state. I am most likely to experience that state of being when I'm doing something that I am passionate about while solving challenging problems that help others. I get lost in flow when I'm writing, learning new things, building products, playing basketball, and mountain biking. Those are the activities where I feel most intuitively creative.
I believe that creative intuition exists in all of us. It's what drives us to advance humanity forward and it brings us together. It's so core to who we are that it's essential to our survival.