Hey, I’m Robbie.
First things first, my blog has an identity crisis. Is it a travel blog? Is it a business blog? Is it a book club? I don’t really know. I just know that I built it to document what’s going on in my life, and to have a central place for people to see what’s going on with me for whomever may be interested.
I know a lot of people prefer to separate their business lives, their perspectives, and their personal lives into their neat little Marie Kondo-esque organized compartments, isolating each “life” from the other. I personally find it exhausting to try and separate business, from family, from pleasure, from passion. Why are they all supposed to be different? Shouldn’t they all be aligned anyway?
I am of the belief that our values should align across all of the activities in our lives, and that when business, life, travel, friends and family combine they should exponentiate the joy and satisfaction we get from life and work. I think when we feel the need to separate things it often means at least one of those variables is out of alignment with what we really want…especially work.
Work shouldn’t be some dull void that just pays the bills, and if it is, you’re in the wrong line of work. If you’re working a mundane job to fund your passion, that’s great, but you shouldn’t hate Mondays, or any day, since life is made up of those days…and life is short.
I think life, as world renowned investor Ray Dalio puts it, is all about meaningful work and meaningful relationships. Contrary to most people, I love to do business with my friends and family. I prefer to build value-driven businesses with people I care about and am inspired by that contribute to the greater good. If we live life in that way there are no wasted days. No wishing it was Saturday instead of Tuesday. (Unless it’s Buckeye season, in which case I may catch myself wishing it was Saturday)
As such, this blog reflects that which I believe, and I work to do things I love with people I love as much as possible. Obviously that doesn’t mean that every day is all sunshine and lollipops. I have my fair share of drudgery that I have to tackle, as there is a “grind” component to all great endeavors or ambitions (think: cardio for health, or responding to Instagram comments for #branding).
Anyway, whether it’s work, travel, or family, I (attempt to) love it all. I have tough times, and I’m happy to share them with you because I am most certainly not perfect, and have trying times like all people. If I had a wish, it would be to show you that life is all about perspective, and that with the right perspective you’ll have far more ups than downs, and that any downs you may have are only temporary.
I prefer to be fully transparent about my life, both business and personal, again because I find it exhausting to try and be something I’m not, to keep up appearances, or to try and constantly impress other people. I like to think that my transparency influences others to be okay with themselves as they are, and maybe, just maybe, we can all stop the act, accept who we are, and work to get better together.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts, positive or negative.
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