In November 2017, my wife and I packed up all of our belongings to move from Boise to Seattle. On moving day, we could not fit a single extra box into our 15-foot U-Haul or our little Prius. Not a single box. We even had to throw out two little, potted plants that couldn’t fit in the Prius if we wanted to bring our two cats with us on the trip (which we did). Our move was prompted by me getting a job to work for a company with a higher purpose: helping the little guy compete with the big guy. Although my move to Seattle is still fresh, I absolutely love Seattle and Gravity Payments.
I grew up as the eldest of four boys. With so many mouths to feed on a single income, my parents told me I’d have to find a way to pay for college on my own. My brothers and I were a handful to my parents, especially when we argued over who fouled who while playing “street ball” basketball in front of our house. When I wasn’t playing basketball, I was playing chess (strange dichotomy, I know.) I was able to parlay a state chess championship and high school grades into a full-ride scholarship to The College of Idaho, where I met my wife and caught my passion for lifelong learning.
During my senior year of college, I started reading for fun again. I say “again” because I absolutely loved reading as a kid, but began thinking of reading as a chore throughout school. Senior year, I picked up a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller Blink, and I became hooked on non-fiction. I was shocked that I could learn such interesting stuff and also enjoy what I was reading. Since then, reading has become my biggest hobby. Let me know if you have any good recommendations and I will add them to my list!
- Favorite Food: A smorgasbord of food that’s really bad for you: pizza, Doritos, and peanut butter M&M’s.
- Favorite Movie: A few favorites are The Dark Knight, Gladiator, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Blades of Glory, and The Great Gatsby.
- Favorite Book: So many! Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison. Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler. All the Devils Are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera.
- Favorite Quote: “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot