Ben Rector Brand new Album

I can’t help but think that much of today’s mainstream music lacks a certain “real life” value that was present before the age of Insta fame, Youtube stars and of course the current state of the music industry where so many “artists” don’t write any of their own music. 

For the longest time, music was largely birthed out of a person’s circumstance or experience and that is part of what made a song so impactful.  I don’t hate songs that are solely meant to be fun but amidst all the “Whipping and nae nae -ing” I can’t help but think that we’ve lost some of purity that makes music so moving and inspiring to begin with. ...continue reading

How to chase your dream, chasing a dream

My alma mater recently included me in a feature in their alumni magazine on adventurous life styles.  I’m especially flattered because my “success story” if you can call it that, has been anything but typical.  The theme of my story is that I left a “normal” job working in bank to pursue a dream in California of riding ATVs professionally.  While that adventure is far from over, it certainly looks a lot different know days than it did 5 years ago when I packed that truck and hit the road for So Cal.

I’m no expert at chasing dreams but I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do and see a lot of the things that I spent most of my life wishing I could do.  Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that helped or that could have made the process a little bit smoother and a little less painful.  ...continue reading

First of all, congratulations.  You are nearing the end of a journey that has consumed the better part of life as you have known it.  Since kindergarten the bulk of your life has revolved around academics and graduation is the closing of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.

It’s cause for celebration no doubt.  But before you get too wrapped up in graduation festivities, commencement addresses and heart-warming speeches about the future I want to share something with you.  I want to be honest with you.  These days, culture has a way of telling you what you want to hear and not necessarily being truthful.  Before you walk across that stage and take on the world, I want to warn you that everything on the outside isn’t always as “pretty” as you’ve been lead to believe. ...continue reading

IMG_0136Since moving to North Carolina, I've been chomping at the bit to get up to the mountains and do a little trout fishing.  The pictures I've seen look amazing and the area actually reminds me a lot of my home in Oregon.

I have literally been trying to make it up to the mountains for the last three months and since my wife was out of town, I decided this was the weekend to do it.  I did all my research, found a popular place to go, ordered a copy of the NC fishing regulations and even contacted a fish and game warden to make sure I understood the rules. (NC has some interesting rules when it comes to fishing.)  I bought a license, some new tackle, packed a bag and made sure I had everything I needed to ensure the day was a success.  The only thing I couldn't guarantee was that the fish would bit. ...continue reading


FATI know what you’re thinking and while it might not be the most politically correct title for a blog, I promise it’s STUFFED with value.  (Sorry couldn’t resist!)

F.A.T. is an acronym my football coach in college taught us that he used when recruiting new players.  I’ve found the acronym to be appropriate for many walks of life and absolutely relevant in the workplace.

Today, employers are lucky to find workers who will show up on time, let alone do their job, do it well and heaven forbid, go above and beyond. ...continue reading


I’m as cheap as the day is long.  Seriously.  If Southwest Airlines would replace their seats with wooden benches and drop the cost of a ticket, I’d buy stock in the company.  Call me crazy but I will endure a fairly high level of discomfort if it means saving money.  I’m very independent, I trust my intuition and I want the rock bottom, beat all price no matter where I go.

That said, as I get older, I’m starting to see my propensity to find the “best deal” slip.  I find myself more appreciative of things like good customer service or something as simple as a live, English speaking voice on the other end of the phone and I’m actually willing to pay a little extra for it.  Why?  Because I want to be taken care of.  I want to feel like I matter.  I don’t want to be just a number in a file or a dollar sign that walked through the door. ...continue reading

I recently finished reading a book called Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.  The premise of the book was that most people spend their life as an amateur never truly reaching their full potential.   The amateur life is pretty much the norm.  Some might even call it the American dream.  We fit a mold, we go to college, get a job and live out our days for the sake of being comfortable.

Turning pro isn’t so much about achieving wealth, fame, success or greatness, but rather graduating from the amateur life of simply being “okay” when we know there is something greater we are called to.  For the author it was finishing his first manuscript.  He kept avoiding it, putting it off and coming up with any number of excuses as to why he could or should continue putting it off until he finally buckled down, eliminated excuses, blew of the distractions and turned wrote.

There was much in this book that resonated deeply with me, probably the most were his comments about distraction.

This year has been a great one.  I’ve traveled a great deal, I’ve covered events, I’ve gone on vacation and I’ve written more than any other season of my life.  But if I’m being completely honest, in the last seven months I’ve wasted hours, possibly days surfing Facebook, Youtube and scouring the Internet for nothing of value. ...continue reading

I wrote this over a year ago and never posted it but I think it lends a lot of perspective to how you measure personal success. Some would suggest I must not have very lofty goals. Quite the contrary.  Like many kids around the world, my greatest desire was to reach the pinnacle of the sport of ATV freestyle motocross and ride as a member of the Bomb Squad, the best of the best.  Through a lot of hard work, perseverance, the right connections and I believe Gods favor, I have been for the last year. I had hoped to one day visit Ensenada Mexico for the Baja 1000 and meet Wes Miller, Wayne Matlock and the rest of their crew and watch them do work on the Baja Peninsula as I read about in magazines for years.  ...continue reading