I am fascinated by human potential and development.
We are all such multi-faceted creatures yet, in today's fast-paced world, we rarely get to acknowledge, let alone express, the capabilities of our full selves.
Many of us have parts that we resist, hide, or suppress because we feel ashamed, afraid of being judged, or because we believe we need to act a certain way to belong.
What I've learned is that it's often precisely those parts of ourselves that hold the key to unlocking what we're truly capable of and awakening us to why we're here.
There is a Japanese art form called Kintsugi, or "golden joining" (金継ぎ), where cracks in a bowl or plate are painted with gold, highlighting its unique edges and increasing its value. You may have seen this.
As a philosophy, I love the idea that our unique challenges and pieces shape our journey - stories rich with experience, beauty, and wisdom. That the sum is greater than its parts.
What if we could learn to not only acknowledge, but also integrate and celebrate all pieces of ourselves?
It's an ongoing process of discovery, and the question driving me is, "How can I help others become more of who they really are, so that they can better love and lead those around them?"
Because what I've realized is that it's not about me, it's about what we can do for others.
Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
I encourage you to not just make a living, but to design a life that you are proud to live, that inspires you.
It's up to you.
I've been a magician since I was 7.
As a performing close-up magician, I find tremendous joy in helping people get momentarily reacquainted with their sense of childlike wonder and awe. I've performed for kid's birthday parties, university deans, veterans, Krispy Kreme chefs, and audiences of up to 300 people.
<-- Check out that bowl cut.
I come from a family of educators.
My grandfather worked for a university until he was 93 years old. My father recently turned 70 and is still teaching grad students around the world. My mom has helped thousands of graduate students find careers after school. It runs in my blood - here I am as a camp counselor & leadership facilitator for high school students.
I'm a lifelong student of martial arts.
After 3 years of Krav Maga, I dipped my toe into a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and immediately connected with its principles of experimentation, adaptation, integration, and community. 6 years later and going strong, I'm currently a purple belt under Romulo Melo in San Francisco and now train regularly at Guardian Gym in Oakland, where every adult membership supports one local youth to train for free.
Drop in at an open mat or come find me coaching the youth class on Saturday mornings.
I've leapt out of airplanes over 600 times.
One of my greatest teachers, skydiving has opened up profound experiences and meaningful relationships beyond words. Contrary to most people's assumptions, dancing with gravity is one of the most peaceful and meditative activities in my life where I am fully present and in flow. Where the mind quiets and time slows down. I earned my Accelerated Freefall (AFF) License in 2011, became a certified USPA skydiving coach a few years later, and went on to set 3 world records with the best group of humans one could ask for.
I've participated in Burning Man 7 times.
You can usually find me handing out pour-over coffee at sunset as part of a theme camp we started in 2013. One of my big takeaways over the years has been embracing the beauty and freedom in imperfection. I am forever grateful to have met my now-wife out there dancing in the dust.
At the end of this life, I want to look back on memories of all the wonderful people I've had the honor and pleasure of serving, knowing that our time together changed their lives for the better in some way.
That's what inspires me the most.
That's what inspires me the most.