26 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Change Your Mind
Can changing your mind be a strength? What's the difference between that and flexibility? While Megan is still on the fence about the difference, Sth touts the importance of being able to change directions on a dime.Contact UsOur WebsiteInstagramFacebookEmail us email@example.comRate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's InstagramMegan's InstagramOn This EpisodeSwayy UpdateWe skipped an update episode =Most business concepts apply to lifeSeth has been training for a triathlon70-mile bike rideEarly morning, minimal sleepBy mile 20 he was strugglingThe discipline required to train has applied to life and businessGoing to sell out of inventory imminentlyAll marketing is on holdTrying to figure out how to pay off debtWorking on a counter sample with the new companyMay be sharing a booth at a trade show with Premus manufacturerCan trigger Premus production at any time, but currently not for 2 reasons:Don't want to take the riskWas working on a licensing deal with Legit Camping, but they've gone darkSeth spent a lot of time working on the licensing termsFrustrated by the silence"The testing of your faith produces patience"Seth recognizes the need to practice patience but doesn't want to do it this wayIf you get to choose how you practice patience, are you really practicing it?Specialty contractor from US Government who supplies Seal teams with outdoor gear contacted Seth about offering Swayy hammocks in their new catalogWant to do a preorderInstant cash if they orderWould also spread the nameBecause it would be batch, they could do custom stuffLots of little opportunities like this seem to pop up as a glimmer of hope, then fall and don't work outThis may be another one that falls through, but sometimes you need something to keep goingDecided to hire someone to prepare taxes this year since things are more complicatedSeth wants to do some consultingSpecifically wants to work with and on teamsHe's gained a lot of varied experience, but not on teamsIn a personal setting, Seth is a very social person, but when it comes to business he tends to like to do things on his own termsFeels he lacks tactWants to work on flexing that muscleSelf-awareness is the first step, but after that, you have to seek out opportunities to improveWould also help with interpersonal relationshipsChanging Your Mind Can be a StrengthBlitz scaling - if you have an idea that has potential, jump off a cliff and build as you fallWhen you move quickly, being able to change your mind is a strengthWhen a company starts out, they usually have a small, innovative team who is searching for something that worksOnce they find that thing, they often stick with it until it becomes traditionThe world continues to change, and they risk getting stuck in the pastThe established process becomes less applicableBeing able to change your mind is a strength because if you get stuck with something that doesn't work, it can cause analysis paralysis When doing different things, it's a strength to try it, see if it does what it was intended, and let it go if it isn'tIs changing your mind different from being flexible?If you have a goal in mind, you have to be flexible and try different things to achieve that goal If you change your mind, the goal itself changesThe ability to have the leader of an organization change its mind frequently and the organization have enough flexibility to be on board and make it happen is importantEnables quicker progressWhat point are you moving towards if things are always changing?Success and efficiencyUsually, you change your mind because something isn't workingBring in things, mindsets, projects, or processes that push you to the next level The goal is growthSuccessPersonal = happinessBusiness = monetarily tied, create valueChanging your mind is a strength if it leads you towards successSwayy is pivoting from manufacturing potentially towards licensing Seth would like to do Research and Development for other brandsAn idea is good, being able to bring that idea to fruition is good, but interpersonal relationships are what allows things to move quickly and be accomplishedIt would be awesome to use Seth's network to do R&D for others, but Swayy has to make a name for itself firstWaiting on the breakthrough momentYou have to have some recognition before people take you seriouslyYou have to prove to people you're worth it
53 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
Christian, Daniel, Jonathan, and Mitchel talk about their adventures post-holing, freezing, and bonding on a trip WestContact UsOur WebsiteInstagramFacebookEmail us email@example.comRate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Find us on AmazonOn This EpisodeSummer after Freshman YearSnowing and coldSummer break, Wyoming still cold3 main goals:Let's have a lot of funDo it cheapCold with not good equipmentAccomplished all three goalsJustin had “vehicle”, run off diesel and natural gas2 most abundant fuels in the westWe’re not rednecks . . .White 1990 SuburbanCouldn’t fit all gear, had to have a big rackHitch is not stable, always slightly tiltedLeft on a Monday, early in the morning, drove up through Ohio to outside ChicagoWhy was it so cold?That year was record breaking snowfall and cold for that part of the year mid-May6 peopleJeremyJustinDanielMitchelChristianJonathanNatural gas tanks were all in the trunk, so no inside storageTook the middle seats out of the car - only had front and back seats, middle where seats would be was filled with gearDisgusting limousineHad to pull over every 100 miles to add transmission fluid and coolantAlso had Jolene, Daniel’s carSpent night in Ohio, had only good meal of the trip, kept goingJust a guy's trip - 2014First night, driving out through countryside, hadn’t planned to stop, looking along the side of the road to stop (in the badlands)Driving in the middle of the night, didn’t know where they were, parked the vehicle on the side of the road, didn’t even set up tents, just laid out in the middle of a grassy areaNext morning was incredible, waking up was amazing with the huge sand dunesOut in the distance, there was a plateauNot sure how they made it through the night, woke up frosted, but not freezingChristian had not been to North Dakota, it was his 50th state, so he drove 2-3 hours over the border, took a picture, and came backJonathan is 3 states short, and ND is one of themBadlands were amazingTrying to hide from park security trying to climb the highest dunesIt got really hot that dayThe next day, they decided to go to the Black Hills (where Mount Rushmore is) and Mount WashingtonChristian met up with the gangGoal was to go as high up in the mountains as the Suburban could go with chains, so now they’re in snowWent until it got stuck, camped right on the side of the road, didn’t have a “let's go here”, more of “here’s a road with snow”Daniel’s car somehow made it in the Suburban’s tracks a way awayHiked in a bit further to a beautiful camping spotOnly time they’ve seen Mitchell not happy (Mitchel is always smiling)He was cold and didn’t feel good, but woke up the happiest they’ve ever seen himThere was no firewood, but they found a couch cushion that they burned, it burned well, but smelled terribleChristian said he wouldn’t go to the restroom in the woods(This story is embellished)So Daniel built a toilet out of snowIf you’ve got to dump in a water-based toilet, it’s just better, according to ChristianYou gotta do what you gotta doOn to WyomingThe next morning had a beautiful viewMcDonalds breakfastCody WyomingStopped at Sierra Trading Post, then to a gym to take a showerOnce a week whether needed or notThis trip confirmed Daniel’s theory that if you’re dirty for long enough you body self-cleansGot a chance to dry stuff out in the parking lotThe next night was their favoriteReally cool camping spot, between Cody Wyoming and YellowstoneRemote mountain road, maybe pass a car every 30 min, there was a plateau over the side of the road, everyone agreed it would be the perfect camping spotHuge valley, mountains in the background, like the side of a mountain with a rock table covered in grass with a beautiful viewBuilt a huge fire, pretty much put an entire dying tree thereAs much fire as you could possibly burnHad to hike down a ravine to access the spotMitchel and Justin took a different path, everyone else thought they were lost for a bitPeople thought to be police officers were concerned for their safety, but the crew was worried they were going to kick them out, so they were almost trying to hide their campsiteThen they got into a screaming match because they couldn’t hear each other“ARE YOU OK?”“YES WE ARE!”So the police walked away, the gang started cheering, but their cheering was mistaken for cries of helpYellowstone National Park - kinda the goal of the whole trip (from North Carolina)Next stop was “Mount McClannahan” - just chose a random tall mountain, 60 mile gravel road, hike up to the top and campJust found it on Google Earth and thought it looked goodDidn’t end up doing it because of an incoming blizzardSaw Old FaithfulGot passes to camp in the back countrySpent 2 nights in a valleyPark was mostly emptyBeautiful mountains in front of you, off to the left is a bunch of elk, and on the other side was a bunch of buffaloThey had to deviate from the path because of an angry buffaloThey are massiveAbout a 5-mile hikeSet up camp by a riverFound fully intact elk antlersAfter the first night, woke up to a buffalo by their fireHiked up mountain after mountain trying to find the topGot to a mountain that had a bunch of huge rocks, they just pushed them down the mountain (“mostly accidental”)At the top of the mountain, everyone checked their grades to see how they had doneVerizon had cell serviceAlso Swayy hammocks are great of Yellowstone has higher elevation, so it’s colder“Are you guys post holing”? No idea what that meantPark ranger told them 2 things: 1: they are the only ones wanting to camp in the back country 2: he did not want to have to hike in and get themThey got their passes and went on their merry wayAt first not too badOn the way back it started to snow, and it gets deeper, and deeper, and deeperLate afternoon, hiked about 3 miles, but felt so much longerEach step was gruelingPost holing: You take one stop, leg fully submerges in snow. Next step, also fully submerged in snow - each step is a “post hole” going down to the groundEventually their feet weren’t even reaching the ground because they had on backpacks, which increased their surface area and caught them a bitBy the time they got closer to the top, the 16 ft markers were at eye levelThey were looking forward to a fire and foodThey were soaked by the time they got to where they were goingThey had none of the right gearNo one had any idea how much danger they were actually in, but they all had fun“The Bowl” was different because it was protected from the sun by shade, so it was pure powder. It was more like swimming than like walkingFelt helpless because they couldn’t turn back, but it took foreverPark ranger was adamant about building fire in fire ring, but it was beneath 12 feet of snowFinally made it to the lake, but it was frozen over with more snow, so they could hardly tell they were thereThey had a hatchet, but couldn’t cut through the iceThey made a fire, but it would melt the snow and just keep sinking, and then it wouldn’t get as much air, so there wasn’t much heatThey didn’t bring much water because they figured there’d be a bunch of snow, but it was so dry that a whole pot-full of water would be a negligible amount of liquidTrying to boil snow to cook with and drink, but it’s stale snow with pine needles and stuff in itDaniel set up a tent he didn’t end up staying inJustin and Jeremy slept in their own tent, but Daniel abandoned his and joined the 4-personBody heat was crucialNever been so miserable everSleeping bag was a 30-degree bag, which means it’s probably comfortable around 60, butt his night it was in the teens, windyEveryone put their boots outsideChristian didn’t get much sleep, but he thought his feet were going to freeze and fall offThat was the only thing he thought ofTheir shoes were all in the vestibule, but Christian didn’t want to get up, so he unzipped the tent, and ate muddy snow trying to get some sort of hydrationThat was a bad nightProbably good for the immune system?Luckily the sun came out the next morningChristian couldn’t get into his shoes because they were frozen solid - just a block of iceThe lake was beautiful - snow covered, pristine, surrounded by pine trees, all Christian could think about was his feet falling offHe just started walking homeJeremy ate breakfastJustin wore dry bags over his socks to keep his feet dry for the rest of the tripAs they hiked out, it was fairly uneventful, the snow was still a bit crusted, so it was easier to walk outJonathan left his hat on a log, the next group came through, and there were huge bear printsIt was there right between the two groupsDaniel lost the charger to his tablet somewhere along the line, it’s now 2020, Daniel just now got the pictures, it was like a time capsuleMade it back to the vehicles, tried to dry off as much as possible, then off to IdahoWent to a hotel that nightAt some point, the Suburban stopped shifting, but they were able to fix it with zip tiesJonathan got a parking ticket while driving - middle of Wyoming, speeding a little bit, pulled over by a tribal police officer, he wrote a parking ticket, if they went to court, they would dismiss it. In Wyoming, they can put you on speaker on the phone, so Jonathan plead not guilty, and the ticket was dismissedIt was a $55 ticket - it was the principle of the matterIdaho falls, stayed in a hotel, got a good meal, crammed all 6 people into one room, Christian had to fly back to North Carolina for somethingDown to 5 peopleStarted driving to Idaho, where Daniel is from, which is why he brought his vehicle (stay the summer)Because there was so much snow, they were to a park called Craters of the MoonEveryone should go onceIt’s almost like you’re on the moon because of the lava formations - black broken up lava rocksIt is incredibly hard on shoes; they will wear
19 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Backpacking Memories and Musings
Contact UsOur WebsiteInstagramFacebookEmail us email@example.comRate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Find us on AmazonSeth's InstagramMegan's InstagramAshley's Instagram
15 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Reflecting and Redirecting
Seth and Megan talk about where Swayy is and the direction it's (hopefully) movingContact UsOur Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Find us on AmazonSeth's Instagram Megan's InstagramOn This EpisodeSwayy UpdateCheck out the last blog post, Painful OpportunitiesPeople reached out and offered encouragementTrying to enjoy the process, but ready to enjoy the upward processWorking on negotiations is fun (mostly)Emotions can get involved, which makes things hardSeth got advice from Mike Parnell (former CEO of Oakley, who did a lot of licensing-type deals)With that Seth was able to present more firm expectations, it gave him better ground to stand onIt's all a game of confidence tempered with cooperationReflections on dealing with confrontation in middle and high schoolWhen someone attacks Swayy's value, it can feel like a personal attack because of how invested Seth is in itGot a new sample from the new Eira manufacturerA lot is right, but a lot needs workCheck out Seth's IGTVSmall-batch run, validate with 60-100 customers, then license productLicensing is appealing because there' minimal upfront investmentBecomes almost passive incomeHow I Built This podcastGotta get used to being uncomfortablePersonal brand continuing to growTraveling to Nashville and California for different speaking opportunitiesNashville - eCommerce for the South EastCalifornia - Judge on a panel for pitch competition and speaking for different panelsReached out to 21 brands for potential licensing dealsHeard back from 4Trying to be more strategic about reach-outsWorking from two anglesReaching out to employees on LinkedInWebsite contact pagePivoting the company to where we can associate Swayy's name with bigger brands and build credibilityProcess for follow-upsTaking another swing with the podcast, back to what we were doing beforeGoing to keep telling storiesLet us know what you think!
23 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Bearly an Encounter
Contact UsOur Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram Ashley's InstagramOn This EpisodeSwayy UpdateThis is only our third try recording this episode . . . Hope you enjoy it!Long-term problem-solvingTrying to figure out production for the company that went bankruptWe can't have more inventory before business =(We are working on a brand-partnership licensing dealBring in cash to help develop new productsBearly an EncounterRead the blog post about this story hereSeth and Ashley went camping last SeptemberPrevious camping trip at a barn was one of Swayy's first prototype testsBlack Balsam Knob North CarolinaGot there late afternoon, early evening, but the weather made it feel later in the dayThere was a heavy fog resting on the baldPicture 1 picture 2Eventually the fog turned to rain, so they decided to set up campOf course as soon as they were set up, the rain moved through and they were able to enjoy their eveningWhen they decided to go to bed, they sealed all the food, put it in a backpack under the tent vestibuleBecause it was windy, it was heard to hear muchThe moon was super brightSuddenly there was a loud noise, they thought someone stole their bagThey realized it was a bear, and suddenly, there was silenceSeth decided to try to fight the bear, but it had disappearedThe food that they had cooked was actually in the tent, not in the bag, so they started throwing everything out of the tentWhile Seth was trying to use a flashlight to see, the light was refracting off the fog into every-which direction, but he could see the silhouette of a bearIt came to get the food they had thrown out of the tentSeth was banging on a pan with a knifeAshley was concerned about people sleepingThe bear was completely unfazedAs the bear took off, Seth was worried it was going to come back, so he kept watchThere were lots of prayersEventually, Seth tries to go back to sleep, but the sound of the tent opening keeps re-playing in his headAs soon as dawn began, Seth found Ashley's backpackYou can see a YouTube Video about what they found (backpack taken by the bear!)All of their food was gone, so their trip was cut shortApparently other campers had bears steal food from them too, some of it in bear bagsBears were on the rampage!
31 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
History of Hammocks
Ever wondered where hammocks came from? So did we! Here's what we found.Contact UsOur WebsiteInstagramFacebookEmail us email@example.comRate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's InstagramMegan's InstagramOn This EpisodeSwayy UpdateSwayy is on Amazon!It takes time to build traffic and rank well.You can help us out by clicking on this link.If you use the affiliate link to buy anything, even toothpaste, it will help us out.Swayy has socksMade in Istanbul, Turkey59% wool, 22% cotton, 18% polyester, 1% elastaneBest socks ever!Because of factory changes, there have been a lot of delays in manufacturing and production.Swayy was working on a licensing deal, but it seems like we've been ghosted.Check out the blog post about patience.Seth was invited to be on an advisory board for an entrepreneurial event.History of HammocksAn abbreviated aside about alliteration and assonance (seriously, Megan cut about half of it out in post)Hammocks have been around for a long time, probably way longer than we have record of.They appear to have originated in the Americas.Columbus talks about them.Arawakan word with debated meaning, fishnet or stretch of cloth or a hamak tree whose bark was used to make hammocks.Later were made of sisal fiber.Because they were made of very organic materials, hammocks didn't last very long.The Spaniards brought the hammock back to Europe and started constructing the hammocks out of cotton and canvas.Hammocks kept people off the ground and away from snakes.They would build coal beds under the hammock to stay warm (no CBS here).Podcast about Fire1570, Portugese Explorer Pero de Magahales Gandavo16th century, hammocks used on shipsHygieneSafer on rough seasSaved spaceUsed as life preserverCanvas was a lot hotter than the mesh fish nets that originated in the Americas18th century, first mass produced hammocks in South CarolinaYouTube video Megan mentions1886 White Mountain Hammock ChairHammocks used to help eradicate yellow fever during the construction of the Panama Canal because they could easily be enclosed in mosquito nets and got people off the wet groundHammocks were used during World War II for basically the same reasons.Hammocks became popular when they were initially discovered.Jungle hammocksHung in trenches so soldiers could avoid getting shot.Would also solve the problem of CBSJungle hammock is the name of the hammock that was issued to soldiers.Had an integrated bug net and rain flyVietnam War - M1966 HammockAt one point they were made with waterproof bottom panels, which led to soldiers sleeping in puddles of water.Hot tub hammock discussionBack to military stuff –Viet Cont forces would create hammocks out of scavenged American parachutes.This is thought to be the birthplace of modern day leisure hammocks.Ticket to the Moon3 main types of hammocksLeisureCampingMilitaryParachute material, nylon, or netted, often bridged, hammocksBridge–net between two bridge points that create a big squareGathered-end hammocksAsymetrical hammocksBrief discussion of Swayy's beginningPolyester, nylon, or cottonDo you want to hear a podcast about hammocks and health? Let us know!
47 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Risks, Relationships, and Reframing
Contact UsOur Website Swayy on AmazonInstagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's Instagram Megan's InstagramOn This EpisodeCarl Wilkensworldoutsidemyshoes.orgFacebook We can’t do anything about other peoples “posture” but we can do something about our own. Find the good - in every situation, there is good to be found, and as we find the good, we build positive pathways that affect other parts of our life. Carl’s [condensed] history with AfricaAdventist Development and Relief Agency6 months into their time in Rwanda, war started in Northern partAfter 3 years, a peace treaty was signedGet were able to go back home, back to a good lifeBut a storm was brewing - led to a genocide that killed 1 million people in 4 months3 main people groups: Hutu, Tutsi, TwaRwandan Patriotic Front - mostly Tutsi refugees, RebelsApartheid-type system between Hutu and TutsiMost extreme weren’t at the peace table, they’re the ones who launched the genocide in April ’94Used the shooting-down of the president's plane as the catalyst to start the genocideRisk Carl took in staying in Rwanda - only American to stay behind, refused evacuationEverything happened super fastWhen the plane was shot down on Wednesday, Carl and his family were close enough to hear the explosion. The embassy said they weren’t going to evacuate, but come Friday they said to evacuate, by Sunday everyone was gone.They were told to bring family, but not any Rwandan’s. This rubbed Carl and Theresa (Carl's wife) wrong because they had a Rwandan women who lived with the family who belonged to the minority group, and they couldn’t justify leaving her there. She loved them, they all loved her, and they couldn’t leave her there to be killed.No one though the whole thing would, or even could last more than 2 weeksThe Rwandans had given foreigners enormous privilege, Carl figured they could use that privilege to help in some wayThe older Carl gets, the harder it is to explain that risk, it almost looks like suicide to stay during such and atrocitySomething a lot of people have trouble appreciating is Theresa’s support - its one thing to take risk for yourself, it’s another to take risk for your family and the people around youFor them, their family had expanded, it wasn’t just the 5 of them (Carl, Theresa, and their three kids, Mindy, Lisa, and Shaun), there was a young lady and young man who had become a part of the family - that was the core of the situationCarl’s dad was visiting at the time and could help take the family to safetyRisk and entrepreneurialism - people look at the decisions others make, potentially putting their family’s well-being on the line, or maybe putting another interest above interest of your family, that’s a real challenge people facePeople can ask “where’s your priorities”, and that’s a really important questionThe face that Theresa and Carl had talked beforehand made a big difference when it came to actually making the decision and taking the risk. The mission was very clear in front of them, and the privilege Rwandans gave foreigners was huge. This was a choice that couldn’t be put off, it was now or neverRelationships built prior to the genocide offered leverage for what was to happen during and after the genocide.Carl wasn’t there alone - throughout the Genocide, there was a team around himThere was a Hutu pastor and his wifeAnd the colonel who was a leader in the GenocideHelp came from a lot of unexpected placesThere was no safe place, but somehow an orphanage became a safe place, probably because of the relationships the orphanage director had formedFound help from lots of very unexpected placesEverything was always about relationshipsEach person has a story, a history, and choices to make. If we simply see them as the enemy, we may be missing some of the most valuable allies for specific situations7 months after the genocide ended, Carl, Theresa, and the kids went back to Rwanda to work for another year and a half, and then they came home after a total of 6 years in Rwanda.After that, Carl didn’t go to Rwanda for 9 years, and that was the really difficult “go back”Every corner was full of memories, most of them horrible While things had changed enormously, in his head a lot hadn’t changed, because his brain had been firing pathways about the genocidePeople had moved forward in so many ways, but it took Carl years of going back to Rwanda and creating new memories, finding new stories. Today, he loves going back to Rwanda. There is no hesitation, and he’s back, because he’s eager to see what they’ve done next. Stories of people healing, forgiving, getting free from anger and resentment, there is all kinds of energy, life, and optimism.New constitution says at least 30% of all decision-making bodies have to be women.There’s a lot of growth happeningEconomy is booming“Reinvent yourself camps” (prison camp)If we only define people by one thing, we strengthen one thing and diminish the other qualitiesBy being intentional about what we think about people, we may not be able to get rid of our dominant, negative viewpoints, but we can strengthen the positive ones to the point where they become our defaultWe get burned and betrayed, and every time we think about that person, we think of the negative thing. If we don’t allow people an opportunity to reinvent themselves, they never will. But we can build new pathways that allow a greater potential for changeHow to build a habitat that promotes changeNational LevelThe first thing you need is securityPolice presence in Rwanda is pretty obviousRwanda very strict about bribes, that kind of thing is nipped in the bud right awayThe government is very intentional about building a secure environment so people can feel safe building new relationshipsRwanda isn’t built on tribes anymore, but on unityYou can set up a business in 6 hours in RwandaFinancial, technical hub for central AfricaPersonally, what can we do to build a habitat for healing and growth?Believe that people can changeWe don’t have to be defined by what we’ve done, we can be defined by what we do nextWhen people can have shared experiences (genuine encounters) in a safe environment, driven by necessity, they have the opportunities to build new pathwaysSome of the hard questions to find answers for, maybe the value is not in the answer, but in our stance while looking for the answerWe can’t do anything about other peoples “posture” but we can do something about our own“What next?”Find the good - in every situation, there is good to be found, and as we find the good, we build positive pathways that affect other parts of our lifeOnce you start pathways of gratitude, they bleed into other areas of our life. Find the good, it’s a super important strategy for healing and building new pathways. It injects us, fills us with a hope that often is not logical from the outside, for someone who hasn’t been through what we have, but hope is what keeps us going in some of the darkest times. Hope is not logical, in some ways it is sub-atomic, in the very fabric of the universe
36 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Comfort, Security, and Fire
Curious about how fire works? So were we! Here's what we were able to find out:Contact UsOur Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's Instagram Megan's InstagramOn This EpisodeSwayy UpdateSeth back from ChinaVisited a different city every nightTalked to a lot of suppliersWorking on getting Eira ready to be made in the same factory as the PremusFundraising timeAlways aiming to make fewer mistakesFunding seems perpetualStartup costsAll funding rounds have been relatively smallSwayy is on Amazon!Feels like starting a new businessSent product to Memphis so Amazon can distribute it to be ready for Prime shippingNeed to drive traffic to the listing so it gains tractionNot ranked yetArrington Overland ExpoSelling socks at the expoComing soon onlineSeth's gross sock habits . . . .FireLooking into the flames . . . UniversalTouches every part of our livesSo good, but can be so harmfulFire = Heat + Fuel + OxygenFlames are hollow - say what?!Very localized chemical reactions happeningConical shape caused by gravityDifferent fuels burn at different temperaturesPyrolysis - whole earth can be decomposed by heatIn Space, fire burns in a spherical shapeThe less efficient the fire, the more smoke there will beVideo about backdraftsAir composition:78.09% nitrogen20.95% oxygen0.93% argon0.04% carbon dioxideand a bunch of other stuffQuantum TheoryPyrolysis isn't what makes fire hot, it's new bonds forming that create heatLoop between endothermic and exothermic reactions is what makes fire self-perpetuatingFlammable vs. combustableProducts of fire: CO2, H2O vapor, heat, and lightColor: somewhat has to do with heat, but also the chemical reactions happeningValence electronsBlack Body Radiation ChartThere's always more research to be doneSeth's bibliography: Paul A. Tipler. College Physics. Worth Publishers Inc., 1987, section 29.1.  Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands. Lectures on Physics. The Definitive Edition, Volume III, Addison–Wesley, 2006, section 4-5.  A. Daeschler, G. Camponovo. Elettrotecnica. Edizioni Casagrande, Bellinzona, 1974, sezione 11.1.3.Swayy's article about Fire Building
92 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
BONUS: All Roads Lead to China?
Rhodium RadioIn this week’s episode, we sit down with Seth Hill, Founder of Swayy Hammocks to talk about manufacturing in China vs. the United States and the short and long term implications. He just got back from China and enlightened us on some things.Rhodium Radio is a weekly podcast where ideas are shared that challenge your worldview. We are on a quest looking for fellow disruptors who want to make their lives and the lives of their friends, families and firms more remarkable. Apple PodcastsSpotify RhodiumRadio.comRhodiumRule.com
55 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Adventures with Athena
Kyle is a friend of Seth's from college. During this episode, he shares some of the highs and lows of his trip across the Trans American Trail, or TAT.Contact UsOur Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's InstagramMegan's InstagramOn This EpisodeAdventures with AthenaKyle Raymond's InstagramAdventure with Athena's InstagramFriends with Seth from CollegeLoves engines, went to school to get an Automotive degree (which included some business classes) - world traveler/adventure bikerTrans American Trail4x4 overlandingGrew up adventuring, it's embedded into Kyle's systemJust had to do TAT, he wanted that adventureYoutube Channels Kyle watched:Adventures in Real LifeMrDuhfactorBought KLX250 because of its hight mobility (ability to be modified)After Kyle bought the bike, he only ever rode it, never drove anywhere"You'll never find a motorcycle outside a therapist's office"Transforming experienceSomething about being on the open road at sunsetThere's a connection and vulnerability to everything around youThe bond between you and a motorcycle is greater than between you and a carRiding the line between in control and out of controlYou shouldn't want to live life being in control of everything - stories don't come from being safe on your couchYou have to respect the machine and know your limitsNothing worth doing has no risk. Where there's risk, there's rewardPreparationStarted @advwithathenaAdventure instagram profileWanted to inspire others to take risks and go on adventuresIn January, set TAT date for Summer 2018Jack of all trades master of none, but quite often better than a master of noneFinished modding bikeBought gearDry bagsRack system (to carry stuff)By April bike was runningLife Advice: Start small, build your confidence, and work your way up. That way you don't live constantly intimidatedStarted noticing some issues with the bikeWouldn't start, when it started it blew white smokeHad a blown head gasketContacted a guy who made custom parts to overnight him 2 head gaskets3-4 weeks out from the 5,000 mile trip, didn't even have a working bikeLast min found a different bike to take on the trip that didn't need nay modificationsNamed it Achelouis, the greek goddess known for washing away painBiggest regret: having a time constraintIf you're going to do this big of a trip, don't limit yourselfAmerica is a big place, there's a ton to see, so take your timeDrove from Chattanooga to South Carolina, from there to Savannah GeorgiaBike had to touch the Atlantic and Pacific oceansTrail isn't truly mapped from coast to coast, starts pretty far inland in the East, but they had to do itWent to Tybe IslandProbably illegal to be on the beach, but the bikes had to touch!Trail actually starts not far from ChattThey had 3 wees to make it to the West coastThroughout the trip, they only spent 2 nights in hotels, and camped the rest of the wayMet ConnorFrom Buffalo, NY, rode down to do the TATEnded up meeting up with him several times along the tripOnly other group they were aware of doing to trail was a group of Jeeps ahead of themMississippi was the worst, bad roads, bad driversEastern and central Oklahoma surprisingly pleasantHard-packed dirt roadsCollin got a flat tire around 4:00 one evening in the middle of some rolling hills with meadows of really tall grassBy 6:00 when they got the bike going, it was duskKyle considers this experience to be amongst the top 10 of his lifeWest OK, 30 miles of completely straight roads, ended up doing 70 mph just to pass the timeLow points:Got sick in NMTook 3 ibuprofen, bundled up as much as possible to sweat it all out, woke up the next morning feeling okCollin got Sick at one pointSnowed at Big Lake, bike wouldn't startFigured out moisture was getting into the ignitor coil and shorting outThere wasn't a bike store for 100 milesEnded up selling the bike to Collin's brother, doubling up with Anthony on his bike, and riding to somewhere outside of PortlandAnthony wasn't able to finish the TAT because of time restraints, so Kyle took his bike from thereUtah gorgeous, got to ride on the Salt FlatsGot to stay at a friends house with a friend who had a pond with SturgeonIf you're going to do the Trans American Trail, be prepared for all 4 seasons, no matter what time of year you goOklahoma to Oregon is the prettiest part of the tripAdvice:The more you think about it, the less likely it is to happen. If you want to do it, you have to set the date, make the sacrifice, and do itThe true currency in life is experience. If you do something like this, you will have so many experiences, stories, and you will grow so much
18 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Contact UsOur Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast!Seth's Instagram Megan's InstagramOn This EpisodeWe're Back!Welcome to Season two, where we're changing things up a bitEpisodes every other Thursday1 episode will be about a topic (ex. fire) and the next will be a "story from the trail"Oct 10: Bearly an EncounterOct 24: Fire BuildingNov 7: Crazy TripsEvery episode will have a Swayy updateLet us know if you have a story you want to share, or a topic you'd like to hear aboutSwayy UpdateAbout 2 months ago, Jeff decided not to join the teamProduct is almost sold outPremus is goneStill a few Eira'sClick Here if you want to buy one!Eira manufacturer is going out of businessAce, owner of the company who manufactures the Premus, is going to be taking overSeth is going to China to work out detailsBoth hammocks are getting an updateHoping to order by Oct 1, so that by the time product is predicted to run out in November, there will be new product to take its placeNot going to have as many colors to help streamline costsBy the end of the year, it should be clear whether Swayy can stand on its own two feet, whether more financing will be needed, if we're going to close up shopIt's nice to have a clear goal and problem to work towardsSeth got a job offer; it was validating to know that the skills he's developing because of Swayy can be recognizedLooking at potential summer productsGoing to be putting Swayy products on AmazonHave new people joining the teamListen to criticism, tune out negativityDraw lessons from the hard timesEncounter More!
9 minutes | Jul 18, 2019
In the episode before last, we talked about energy and the sprint vs the marathon - right now, we're taking a breather. Want to WIN a Swayy Hammock? Check out this ReddyYeti Giveaway for a chance to win over $3,000 of prizes, including a Swayy Hammock! Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us email@example.com Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Swayy Update Conversations with Jeff continuing Hand over a lot of input Make more "educated mistakes" Manufacturing changes still in discussion Hammocks finally sent off for temperature rating testing New fabrics for Premus V2 - hoping to launch in September Success=many failures Hiatus Going on pause for a bit – Did you enjoy the interview with Cam? We need to do some planning Our ultimate goal is to add value - how can we best do that? Send your input to email@example.com, we'd love to hear from you!
35 minutes | Jul 11, 2019
Entrepreneurialism with Cam Doody
You may have heard Seth talk about how he works for Bellhops as one of his side gigs. In this episode, he talks to Cam Doody, the President, Founder, President, and Chairman at Bellhops. Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Bellhops Cam Doody Twitter, LinkedIn Swayy Update Sorry we didn't get an update in on this one - be sure to tune in next week for another one! Entrepreneurialism with Cam Doody Had the idea for Bellhops during college, but started the company 2 years after graduating How Bellhops is changing the moving industry Leaning into tech Asset Light Transparent Pricing Started long-distance moves within the past year Started as "Dorm Movers" Made a bet on tech in a niche market The truck doesn't matter to the customer, what matters are the people Have focused and hired based on maintaining a culture There can only be one #1 Talk about failure Startups are brutal Challenges get harded, but the team gets better What matters more, luck or skill? Consistency is key Find what you're good at, lean in fully, and don't compromise
30 minutes | Jul 4, 2019
Awareness of Energy
Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Want to text or call Seth? You can reach him at 828-448-8767 Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Swayy Update Working on new sales channels Touch of Modern negotiations fell apart Partnership with Fancy is looking promising ReddyYeti The Coolector article about Swayy Premus manufacturing running behind Working with Eira manufacturer on some updates Comfort, Security, and Warmth episode Awareness of Energy We've both been burning the candle at both ends Megan's bosses at the farm are out of town, so she's having to do more management than usual Working on two new podcasts that may potentially launch in the upcoming weeks Seth is almost a month into working at Bellhops Blog Post Marriage and Entrepreneurship Find the Wife of Swayy episode here Don't spend time worrying about how to get stuff done, spend time doing it Take breaks Seth's absent minded story Time = Energy? When we estimate the amount of time something will take, we usually assume it will take way longer than it actually does Everything seems bigger in our minds until we talk about it or write it down Time is always constant When we're stressed and time seems to be flying by, we need to take time to reset Discussion about our society's "Treat yo self" mentality What needs to be done right now, and what fires can we allow to burn on their own? Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh Keep pushing, but it's ok to take a break if you need too Matt D'Avella Youtube The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Podcast: The Ground Up Show When will Swayy's sprint end?
24 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
Your Network = Your Net Worth
Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Want to text or call Seth? You can reach him at 828-448-8767 Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Swayy Update Outdoor Retailer Touch of Modern Sunken Stone Fancy Manufacturing Network = Net Worth Seth's mom was a connector - anytime anyone needed contact information, she was the go-to person Seth saw the value in this, and integrated it into his life Networking is what made Swayy possible Initial Connections that moved Swayy into existence: Mark Parnell, former CEO of Oakley Manufacturer in Asia CoLab The Lamp Post Group George Brown Aegle Gear Charles Wood Having connections in a wide array of areas outside the outdoor industry allows for multiple perspective Making connections can be hard, but at the end of the day, they are just people Technology makes networking a lot easier Work to get an introduction with someone outside of your network People like to feel like they're adding value If you have a dream, you have to be willing to take the first step Go do the hard thing
17 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
Swayy According to Mitchell
Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Shoutout to Drew Forsey for leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts! Check out Forsey Films to see some of his awesome work. If you want a shoutout, Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com. We want to hear what you have to say! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram Mitchell's Instagram On This Episode Mitchell Hagan Forsey Films Swayy Update Working on Swayy hats Connection made at the Canton Fair Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) - Production run vs sample run? Continuing to have conversations and build relationships with Jeff Outdoor industry typically runs on a 2-4 year planning cycle Advantages of carrying debt vs paying off debt What if Swayy started manufacturing smaller pieces of gear that constantly updated on a subscription model to vary the product mix? Still coming: Pictures of Sock Packaging Swayy According to Mitchell Seth and Mitchell met in high school Had some classes together in college Mitchell currently works in hospital administration A lot of the strategy aspects crossover to the outdoor industry While training for a marathon, Seth and Mitchell had a lot of time to talk about life and business Mitchell helps with some of the finance stuff for Swayy We often learn more from failure than from success Where Mitchell sees the company going: Swayy needs to make it easy for people to get outdoors Have the right equipment to be set to go Need to come up with more products and work on product mix Spending time outdoors, away from technology is a way to truly connect with the people around you Road trip story! The memories that last aren't always the best experiences at the time, but they make for the best stories Try new things, push boundaries, and have the courage to Encounter More
20 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
What it Takes
Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode The Ultimate Hang (original CBS graphic) Jason Dull Adventist Review Outpost Centers International (OCI) Bellhops Swayy Update Working to make a CBS (cold butt syndrome) animation with Jason Dull Suspension update Working on decreasing cost structure What it takes Seth's projects Swayy Selling advertising for Adventist Review Website maintenance for Outpost Centers International (OCI) Working in sales for Bellhops Working on system automation with Erlanger Children's Hospital and Regional Obstetrical Consultants To hear more about Ashley, check out Ep 6, Wife of Swayy Time Management - don't let it pile up! You become like the people you spend time with - choose wisely
24 minutes | Jun 18, 2019
Inspired by Mission
Seth spent a year in the Phillippines as a student missionary. It was during this time that he became more familiar with entrepreneurialism, became interested in business, started to recognize the opportunities he had, and met people who would help him start Swayy. To stay close to it's roots, Swayy dedicated a percentage of all sales to help build village schools in Papua Indonesia. While currently in between projects, Swayy is a company inspired by and rooted in making a difference. Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Swayy Update More info about the Premus insulation ratings What Seth views as his main competitive advantage Working on a new marketing brochure Socks! And other warm stuff Mission Quick rewind to high school Seth Early college experiences Dissatisfaction left Seth looking for something different Through a series of fortunate events, he was able to be a Student Missionary in the Philippines Wanted to be a "light in a dark area" only to discover that his habits had followed him half-way around the world Came to a point of breaking and handing everything over to God Realized how much opportunity was around him Met Gray, who helped co-found Swayy Became inspired to learn more about business How Swayy is contributing today
21 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
Wife of Swayy
When Seth and Ashley met in 2014, Swayy was in its infancy. Now, 5 years later, Seth and Ashley are celebrating their 2 year annivesary and Swayy is gearing up for it's second round of manufacturing. Join us in the episode to hear more about Swayy from the wife's perspective. Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Follow Ashley Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode What is it like being married to an entrepreneur? Daily creativity Problem solving Seeing energy and joy Being jealous of seeing someone do something they love everyday What's the hardest part? And the best? How open the future is Flexibility offered by creating your own schedule The highs and lows of entrepreneurship How they can affect a marriage relationship The importance of familial (and financial) support to a young company How making the dream happen is easier when its shared Predictions for the next 5 years of Swayy Swayy-sponsored, mission oriented trips?
24 minutes | Jun 11, 2019
Has there ever been a project that you wanted to do, but you talked yourself out of it because you convinced yourself you couldn't do it? I know I have. In this episode, Seth and I explore some of our personal struggles with negative self talk, delve into the differences between self-esteem, confidence, and pride, and try to identify a path towards circumnavigating negative self-talk Contact Us Our Website Instagram Facebook Email us firstname.lastname@example.org Rate and Review us, take a screenshot, send it to email@example.com and we'll give you a shoutout on the podcast! Seth's Instagram Megan's Instagram On This Episode Start with Why by Simon Sinek Carl Wilkens Swayy Update Side projects to make money to invest in Swayy Podast distribution, email, and feedback Suspension Changes Titanium Clips Working with a 3D artist to design them Deciding between cut-out vs mold clips Webbing Premus sample ready to be tested for temperature ratings Negative Self Talk Self image How to break habits of thought What is true vs what we perceive is true Brain pathways - specifically towards positive thinking Create new habits Envision success The line between: Pride and Narcisism Confidence and being Egotistical Humility and Self-deprecation Where is your focus? World of Social Media Usually, negative self talk is surrounded by fear How does it come together? Be ok with who you are Look for an opportunity Believe in a positive future Work towards that future Be content - not complacent - with who you are and the journey you are on That can give you the confidence to go for it Don't make excuses Ask questions Talk about it Where is your idea/drive coming from Envision where you want to go Go do it