About Me

I have never been one to follow the traditional path.

To paraphrase Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in the woods, and I … ”, well, while I have frequently followed the less-traveled route, more often I’ve been happier finding my own path, putting one foot in front of another, and heading out on my own. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

Needless to say, the journey has been interesting — from chasing submarines across the Atlantic while in the Navy, to earning a doctorate in evolutionary genetics, raising two kids, becoming one of the leading authors of science textbooks, founding four companies, hiking across Europe, bringing students to Belize, and yes, even screwing up a BBQ restaurant.

I think the secret to my success (and my failures) has alway been that I questioned everything, and never stopped asking “why”? More importantly, I’ve always tried to think as if there wasn’t a box. Innovation has been the driving force of life, my attempt to make the world a better place. After all, why repeat what’s already been done if you can do something different?

Therefore, my goal is to encourage you to be innovative with your life, to form your own paths, to take the risks. For me that is the truly exciting part of being alive.

So how am I going to do that?

By providing you with the resources I wish that someone had provided me when I was just starting out. From articles on how to create a personal LLC (corporation), to advice for a starting author, and even some inspirational stories from the world of giving back and my hiking misadventures. If I can help reduce some of the anxiety of striking out on your own, show you something of what I have learned, and let you laugh at some of my mistakes, well then, it is all worth it.

So if you are interested, take a look around and then subscribe to my newsletter and let’s see where this path leads you.