Stick With It

Stick With It


I think, over the
years, there’s been a lot of challenges, and um, you
know and sometimes when, on the surface it may have
looked easier to go find, you know, go find another job. Honestly, when I look back
on the early days of NEMO, I didn’t really picture any of this. In a way, I started NEMO
with about as much knowledge of where it was headed, as I have with this log right now. You know I think the
difference in the end, between pulling off things like NEMO, or any kind of real
adventure, is that just kinda grit, and sticking to it. I think there’s a lot of
satisfaction in getting good at something, but it
takes a lot of investment in time, I think to get to that place, so I think the key in life is, find the things that
really resonate with you, one or two things, not too many things, and then, stick with them. It takes thousands of hours, I think, to kind of start to get to that point, where you really are in sync with it. And there’s no shortcut for that, like you have to invest
the time, but I think when you get there and
you have that feeling, it’s like, one of the best feelings. I think when you’re doing
something like this, or when you’re ice
climbing, or rock climbing, or you know, mountaineering,
or paddling down a hairy river, it’s just super zeroes
you in to that moment. Like you are completely
tuned in with something, and um, I don’t know I feel
like on some visceral level that’s really deeply satisfying
and relaxing strangely. When we think about an
adventure we’re gonna take, the sleeping component
can have a huge impact on the satisfaction you
get out of those trips. That’s something that we
work hard at, at NEMO is, trying to make a material
contribution, helping to define comfort with sleeping
bags and pads and tents. Creating designs that
really do actually improve the quality of sleep you
can get in a night outdoors. You should pick one
thing in life to master. If you’ve got true passion for something, it wakes you up in the
middle of the night. It wasn’t really until
years into NEMO that I started to appreciate what you get out of committing to something and
sticking with something. I feel like it’s, it’s wired into us to be happy in the
outdoors, and I think it’s wired into us also to be creative. And my goal with NEMO is really to merge those two things, to get
to be creative everyday in service of outdoor adventure. I think there’s a lot of satisfaction in committing to something. And then I think
contributing that something to a community you care about is really where fulfillment comes from.

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