How can people connect with you? (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Website):
Facebook (business): www.facebook.com/myriadmobile
Where do you live now? Where do you call home? Fargo
Give us a behind the scenes look at your average day? There is no average day. It starts at different times, usually by 7 a.m., then shuts off around 9 p.m. I bounce around in everything from sales, HR, accounting, to project management, business development, etc.
What projects are you currently working on, both in your career as well as hobbies or passions? I think I’m always tired but my wife thinks I am an energizer bunny. I own four companies, all of which have multiple facets. I also work several other projects in my spare time, including woodworking, landscaping, and tinkering with my dirt bike.
What challenge in your life or work are you most interested in overcoming? I’m constantly figuring out how to take life to the next level and that challenge is different everyday. Somedays it might be figuring out how to deliver a good presentation or figuring out how to build a great marketing automation system. In any regard, I also have larger goals for business and life that drives the direction of these day to day challenges.
If you could do any job, what would you do and why? My passion is creating. Whatever it is that I do, I must be creating. I enjoy moving the needle forward for humanity.
What’s your desert island album? It’s been out for a while now but I still really like Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More” album.
Since you live in one of the OTA states:
• Why do you choose to live here? I was born into a farming family in Minnesota. The fact is, any of us could choose to live anywhere. I choose to stay here because of the people.
• What is the most beneficial aspect of living in the region when it comes to your career? The community is so helpful. Many business leaders that have given me advice along the way. I could not have accomplished what I have if other business owners weren’t so willing to give advice, and in some cases, become customers.
• What’s one thing you would change about the OTA region? More motocross tracks. But really, I wouldn’t change anything in particular. I encourage people to bring about the change they want to see.
• What’s one thing that most people don’t know about the OTA region? Bees native to Minnesota are much more productive than the traditional bee. Where it might take an entire hive of bees to pollinate an apple tree, it only takes a few native Minnesota bees to do the same amount of work. Minnesota bees rarely sting and don’t group together in hives. This tells me that everything from the Midwest just works harder. 🙂
Where do think good ideas come from? One of my favorite parts about life is to have a wide range of experiences. When people can truly learn from experiences and start connecting dots, good ideas can arise. For example, Nick Woodman is a photographer that likes to surf. He ended up creating GoPro and is now worth a billion dollars. More experiences, more dots to connect.
What’s one current trend that you think will change the world? The shift to technology being more smoothly integrated into our life. Before, technology was a giant box that we went to. A TV in the corner. A computer on a desk. Now, technology has gotten smaller and more useful. Rather than “going” to our technology, we “take it” with us. That has been the idea since laptops. We are taking that integration even further with smart phones. We now have a huge set of tools that fits right in our pockets. Just the other day I was waiting for my meeting attendee to arrive at a restaurant. While waiting I turned my house temperature down, updated cash flow projections for my company, read some news, updated a calendar invite, sent a handful of emails and texts, and played Clash of Clans. All from my smart phone. But we are in the midst of the next technological evolution, where technology integrates even more seamlessly into our lives. For example, I can now actually turn down the temperature in my house with my watch, read news, texts and emails, get calendar notifications, read game scores with the ESPN Pebble app, and more. No need to take a my phone out of my pocket. Some people bring up that they wouldn’t want to be “that” connected. I disagree. Moving more stuff to my watch and away from my phone allows me to keep that thing in my pocket and focus more on the human experience. If something comes up that I don’t care about I can easily dismiss it, thereby reducing the temptation to check several other things when I open my phone.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? I would read more business books, connect with more business leaders, and get started in business right away. I would also think of college as more than just a “next step.” I’d spend more time reflecting on what I really wanted to achieve through my studies.
At what intersection do you live your life? (ex: creativity and community, humor and humanity, art and athletics) Humor and Creativity
What’s the best way to put inspiration into action? This is a great question. Understanding the action habit is vital to creating positive change. When most people don’t know what to do, as can be the case when inspired but unsure of the next step, most people default to taking no action. When you don’t know what to do, or when faced with uncertainty, the next best step is to default to taking action, whatever that may be. Just move the ball somewhere. Then assess the results and adjust the next action accordingly.
Another great tool I used when I was just getting started (and still today) is asking myself the question, “What do I need to do today, this hour, the next minute, to grow the company?” When we were a small company the answer was I need to pick up the phone and make sales calls. But the answer could be anything from creating a website, making a connection, finishing a presentation, etc. Everyone’s project and inspiration is different. When you ask yourself powerful questions, you will get powerful answers.
What’s your biggest failure and what did you learn from it? I actually keep a journal called “Business Mistakes to Never Make Again.” This is probably the first time I’ve told anyone that I keep such a journal. I’d say the biggest failure was taking on business partners without fully vetting their commitment, no matter how good their intentions were.