Is this it?!

Sean Keener's Personal Blog

October 17th, 2017

Why Failure is and misfortune is “Good”

“Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”

Watch entire Speech or read transcript

Found this via Farnham Street, Mr Shane Parrish

September 1st, 2017

Notre Dame Commencement Speech 2017

A few ideas from Father Boyle’s talk (11 mins) are sticking with me

– Thoughts on not standing in judgement, but with
– The story of the Jose. (Watch on youtube here)
– His message was short, sweet and impactful. I cried while watching.
– What is it that I am leaving, and moving towards?

Sending positive thoughts to all folks in the world today.

January 30th, 2017

What I am working on in 2017

I am no longer the CEO of AirTreks International, LLC. After 18 years of running the operational company for the AirTreks and BootsnAll brand, I have stepped away from day to day and am focusing on strategy as the Chairman.

I am working on building a strategic council for AirTreks/BootsnAll. Know someone that is super strategic, wants to disrupt the travel and education space and can is highly collaborative? – please contact me.

…continue to work with The Wayfinding Academy in an effort to disrupt higher education.

…continue to work on the Travel Access Project in an effort to get a GAP year on every Resume.

…continue to explore investing in companies and a few start-ups that align with my purpose and core values

…continue to be actively involved in my 3 kids day to day lives at school/home.

…continue to be highly involved/interact with people in the EO and YPO chapters in Oregon/Washington

…continue to practice meditation and movement in nature as much as possible.

I hope and wish that however you are investing your time in 2017, that it is worthwhile and provide you the joy that you seek.

October 13th, 2016

5 Ways to be Happy via Monk Matthieu Ricard

March 15th, 2016

Is this it?!

January 14th, 2016

2015 Year in Review – It’s all about love

Scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) – my feelings are at this time, 2015 was a 9.17.

I look at the past, through rose colored glasses and forget or remember challenges as “fun” after the fact.

Just the other night, I was out to dinner with some travel industry folk. Another person said, “What a great time to be alive and human” – I could not agree more and have said this myself the past few years.

Before Christmas, I had a dinner with a group of super accomplished business folks and we all shared our highlights from the past year. Everyone’s highlights, including mine were of a personal/love/family nature.

I was stoked since all our accomplishments, pail in comparison to the feeling of being connected to our fellow humans. Maybe the word “love” could be a way to describe this feeling.

Yes, there is tragedy, suffering, and injustice in the world. There always has been.

I’m continuing to put my attention in the joy and love direction. I suspect what we give attention, grows.

Where is your attention in 2016?

January 13th, 2016

Getting your dollar to go farther

About 40 locations around the globe that your travel dollar will take you farther.

US Dollar
Canadian Dollar
Euro Dollar
Australian Dollar

My colleagues researched these 4 articles looking for value in the context of currency fluctuations over time. You’ll see some of these destinations were more expensive just 12+ months ago. Some, have been value oriented for a long time and continue to be. Injoy.

November 28th, 2015

Discovery vs Escape

Escape (in this context) = “a form of temporary distraction from reality or routine”

Perhaps things like Videos, Netflix, Movies and time when I can mentally zone out and not be engaged.

Discovery = “the act of finding or learning something for the first time”

This is an active process, and in my experience, I need to be engaged, to discover.

Perhaps the key differentiator between the two, is being engaged.

Discover Over Escape

Even if you decided on traveling to escape a relationship, a job, or boredom you end up discovering something about yourself.
What have you discovered about yourself in your travels? Did you start traveling for discovery or escape? Has your reasons for traveling changed over time?
Why do you want to travel? Is it for escape, discovery, or both?

November 27th, 2015

Expanding your creative capacity

1. Being in Nature
2. Moving
3. Choosing LOVE
4. Gratitude
5. Living in the NOW
6. Quiet
7. Creating

via research conducted by Nicole Ekman

Mental & Spiritual Growth As Much As Physical Adventure

How does getting out and exploring a new place better you physically, mentally, and spiritually?
CHALLENGE: Go do something outdoors that you haven’t done before. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, riding a bike for the first time, or reaching the top of a hill – get into nature and experience something new.
Where did you go and what did you do? Do you feel like you’ve grown mentally, spiritually, or physically? Do you feel like you accomplished something? How can having a physical adventure on your RTW trip help you grow as a person?

November 26th, 2015

Staying Healthy While Traveling

I try use the same techniques to stay healthy if travelling or not.

Of course, it feels like I am not as in control of my environment, so getting worn down, may mean me getting sick on the road.

A few days ago, I wrote about eating while travelling. This is a big one for health.

Slowing down helps too.

Of course, all the best preparations won’t matter sometimes. You might get sick, especially if you travel long-term.

I’ve gotten sick many times on long-term trips (India, Poland, New Zealand, Romania). This forced me to slow down, take care of myself, and a few times goto a local doctor to get some medications to help. That in of itself was an interesting and learning experience and it is different from the USA, and much less expensive.

Getting sick while traveling can ruin a trip, so answer one or all:
What are your tricks for staying healthy (while traveling or in general)?
ave you ever gotten really sick while traveling and how did it affect your trip?
Have you learned any strange or new cures from your travels (or does your family have any non-traditional sickness remedies you grew up with)?

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