Tim Nickles and I talk about how he was initially inspired to put a tent on top of his van and how that concept has evolved into a business and category of tents in the outdoor and camping space.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
I grew up in Alaska, so it wasn’t far away. I grew up in a typical neighborhood with grid rectangular streets and walk to school and stuff. But I mean the woods were a few blocks away from my house. So pretty much grew up playing in the woods. And my folks were not super outdoorsy, but just being Alaskans, they were actually, I’d say compared to lower 48, they were super outdoorsy. It’s more of a lifestyle up there. You have to be into it cause it’s in your face. That’s what you do. Everybody is talking about the outdoors, you know, fishing, hunting, etc. My Dad wasn’t a hunter but we did plenty of fishing and lots of camping around that and some hiking. I mean there’s so much to explore in Alaska.
Things we talked about
The advice I would give is to be on the lookout for ways to be of service, for ways to improve things. There are lots of ways to get involved and I think a lot of it is getting involved, volunteering. If you work at a company try to learn more about other aspects of the company so you can see where you can insert yourself. That’s not always welcome of course but show that initiative to get into other aspects of the company you work in or use your connections to find out other opportunities. A certain percentage of life is just showing up, and it’s true. If you have a lot of initiative people will see that and, and it will open doors.
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