Shared Views: Fishing, Purpose and Food

Shared Views: Fishing, Purpose and Food

Montana LandscapeHere’s a view I’m looking forward to seeing again this summer. This is near Alder, Montana, in the southwest part of the state. It will be my fourth trip to fly fish at Upper Canyon Outfitters, and I can’t wait. The fishing has always been great on the Ruby River. Even better, the people are just wonderful, so it’s like visiting friends.


This year promises to be extra special, too. The original plan was to go with a very good friend and his father. Now, my brother who has joined me on every other trip is coming along. And, as a bonus, we’re bringing his two sons back for their second trip. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since we all got together out there, but the last time was when I took everyone there to celebrate my 50th birthday.

Thinking about it, it’s been five years since I’ve seen those views myself. That makes me realize I really need to do a better on finding time to enjoy the finer points of life.


My Shared Views are a bit limited this week. I’ve been micro-focused on being a non-smoker and it’s working! Considering I’ve been a pack plus per day smoker since I was 19, I’m both shocked and thrilled that I’m about to cross a week without a cigarette. Yes, I may falter but I’m going to make this work.


With that said, these ideas were like a breath of fresh air this week:


Purpose can’t be rationalized: I met Simon Sinek, the author of Start With Why, last fall at an Air Force Public Affairs conference. It is a great book and the concept is so right. I hope I’ve been doing this throughout my career, but Simon sure says it better…


Check out his most recent blog post about rationalizing. And when you have 20 extra minutes make sure you watch this video on “The Definition of Purpose.” Those two pieces make me think every day about how everything I do needs to be consistent with my values and core beliefs.


I like to cook: It’s become part of my routine and right now I need things that keep me busy. Last night I tried a Cioppino recipe – basically a San Francisco seafood stew – and my wife labeled it one to repeat. It’s a straightforward recipe that just takes a bit of time. I had chicken broth open so I used that instead of crab stock. And because of allergies, I replaced the muscles with Bay scallops and it worked great. My inclination was to go to the high end on the spice recommendations but didn’t, and I was surprised how much flavor came from the minimum. My taste buds are reawakening! Anyway, it was delicious and we highly recommend it!


I hope you saw the great guest post on 3 Ways to Prevent PR Disasters by my friend, Jenifer Olson, on Tuesday. She has helped me with this site and all my posts so she had to be the first. Thank you, Jenifer.


Speaking of guest posts… I’ve done one for Spin Sucks that should appear next week. Many thanks to Gini Dietrich and Lisa Gerber for extending the invitation. I hope what I’ve written will stimulate a conversation.


Have a great week, everyone!

  • Rick,

    Congratulations on stopping smoking! I did that nearly 15 years ago, and it was one of the hardest habits I’ve ever had to break. It was also one of my best ever decisions, and it will be for you, too. 🙂

    I am a big Simon Sinek fan, so thanks for sharing those links. I first met him at a NASA Tweetup! Inspiring to say the least…

    BTW, do the “girls” get to go fishing, too? Looks like fun. 🙂

    February 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    • Thanks. The cravings are becoming less frequent.

      None of the ‘girls’ have taken me up the invitation to go to this fishing location. It is 20 miles of dirt road to a highway…

      February 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  • Mary Gillen

    Hi Rick,

    Love Montana. I know you can’t wait to get back. And congrats on giving up the smokes. Hang in there. It will be worth it.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:34 am
    • The Ruby River Valley is really great. Quitting smoking should make it easier to adjust to the altitude too. Just one more reason.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:42 am