Top Picks Tuesday

Welcome to our #tpt series, featuring four favorite discoveries or inspirations from the last week. This week's picks come from Peter Zana, isplack's VP of Sales, a loyal family man, and a competitive swimmer-turned-avid night cyclist.

(isplack.com, dancarlin.com, trekbikes.com)

(isplack.com, dancarlin.com, trekbikes.com)

  • PERSON: That's easy - my wife.  She's amazing.  (And no she won't ever read this so I'm not saying this because I need to climb out of a hole I dug!)  I'm a far better person for having met and married her.  Single best decision I ever could have made.  It's always fun to get introduced to people in her world for the first time and measure their response to me.  They see me as a better person than I am, simply because I'm with her.  That never gets old.  Oh and I call her Susie Sunshine, because she's always so darn happy. 
  • PRODUCT: isplack.  Because it's my life!  But if I picked another product I'm constantly enamored with I'd have to say it's the bicycle.  (Ouch(!) I'm not even a millennial, nor cool enough to know what a hipster is!)  But I've lived in Colorado for 20 years and I still CRAVE riding my bike all around this amazing place.  In town, out of town, on the path, in the mountains.  Just don't ask me to ride on the roads, nor to reveal any spandex.  (If it's on, it's covered.)  I challenge anyone to ride a bike and end it in a bad mood.  It's impossible.  I wonder what the world would be like if we had ended transportation innovations at the bike... 
  • CONCEPT: Gratitude.  I value three things in people including myself:  Honesty, Integrity and Humility.  And those are what I'm trying to help raise my kids with.  From that you can surmise one outcome might be Strength in Character - which is an entirely different conversation.  But to raise kids, or live by example with those three traits, I think there's a certain amount of Gratitude one needs.  So my concept for this purpose is Gratitude.  Without it, you can talk yourself into lies, not honoring your word, and believing you're somehow more deserving than the other person in the room.  But once you live with Gratitude, those falsities are self evident.  Gratitude is the foundation of living a good life.  Be thankful.  And let that carry you forward.
  • BOOK: I used to read a fair amount.  Now instead, I'm in the middle of a startup, and of raising my two kids with my wife, and all that entails.  I don't have the time or energy to read books at the moment.  But I do enjoy Podcasts.  The one I've really enjoyed lately is done by Dan Carlin.  The series is titled 'Hardcore History'.  Carlin does a really good job at picking and then setting up the compelling storyline.  I have enjoyed every one I've listened to and as much as I don't want to admit it, I've listened to one long series twice. 

 

Thanks for participating, Peter! 

 

What are your #tpt?