FAQ's

I've received a number of similar questions from family, friends, and strangers over the past few years. I decided it might be a good idea to create a resource with those questions and my answers for anyone that's interested.

What do you do?

I  do a lot of different things but this question is usually about what I do for a living. That's changed quite a bit over the past few years. If you're interested in the long story, you can see my resume here. The short story is I worked in finance, left to join a startup, and have since worked at 2 different startups, the last of which was acquired by a bigger company.

How do you make money?

To date, the majority of the money I've made has been from my full-time jobs at Merrill Lynch, Change Heroes, and Mapkin (subsequently MapQuest after the acquisition).

How do you travel so much?

I realize that compared to some people I've traveled a lot. However, it's also true that compared to others, I've barely scratched the surface.

For me personally, traveling (or any other lifestyle) comes down to priority. I've made it a priority in my life to travel and see as much of this world as possible. I think that's something my mother (who bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii after graduating high school) instilled in me from a young age. So what does that actually mean? It means that means whenever I'm making decisions or considering things decision like jobs, living situations, commitments, and the like...I'm always factoring in how it will influence and affect my ability to travel.

As far as money goes, you'd be surprised at how cheap some flights and AirBnB's are.

Where have you been?

I've traveled to nearly every state in the United States while also completing two cross country road trips which you can see more of here.

I've also been to Aruba, London, Paris, Costa Rica, Canada, Amsterdam, and Kenya.

What gear do you use?

You can find a full list of my gear here.

What books are you reading?

You can find a full list of the books I've read here.

Books

I'm someone who tends to read a lot of books in a short period of time and then not read any books for a long period of time. I'm also someone who is constantly looking for book recommendations and appreciates when others share what they're reading. So here's a full list of the books I've read.

Business

  • The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
  • Hooked by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover
  • Rework by Jason Fried
  • The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  • The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
  • Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
  • The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
  • Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  • Predatory Thinking by Dave Trott

Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual & Life

  • It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Biographies

  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Skills

  • Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • The Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
  • The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Food

  • The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • It Starts With Food by Michael Pollan

Travel

  • Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Fiction

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

*I plan to keep this list updated as I read more books.

My Gear

I'm a practicing minimalist. That doesn't mean I own nothing. It means that everything that I choose to own is something that brings value to my life. Below is a full list of my current material possessions.

Clothing
- (10) Assorted T-Shirts (mostly Urban Outfitter Feather T-Shirts)
- (5) Assorted Tank Tops
- (1) Levis 519 Jeans
- (2) Levis 511 Shorts
- (5) Bathing suits
- (10) Calvin Klein Boxers
- (10) Stance Socks
- (1) Johnny True Love Rain Jacket

Footwear
- (1) Brown Frye Boots
- (1) Black Wolverine Boots
- (1) Black New Balance Minimus Sneakers
- (1) Tan Rainbow Sandals

Hats
- (1) Levis Ball Cap
- (1) Patagonia Ball Cap
- (2) Urban Outfitters Winter Hats

Bags
- (2) Northface Duffles
- (1) Northface Backpack
- (1) Frye Leather Duffle
- (1) REI Canvas Duffle
- (1) Filson Messenger

Electronics
- Apple iPhone
- Apple MacBook Air
- Sony a6000
- Sony RX100 iii
- Sigma 30mm Lens
- Lacie Hard Drive
- Tripod
- Gorillapod
- An assortment of headphones and chargers

Other
- Leather Wallet
- Burton Snowboard

*At the time of writing this list is exhaustive. I expect items will be added and removed over the course of the next few days, months, and years. While I won't make note of the minor changes, I plan to update this list with any major purchases or selloffs.