We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Spencer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The older I get the more I realize the importance of balance, and having balance keeps us happy. Balance in the people we are, balance in the relationships we have, and of course balance in the amount of time we spend working. If we are off balance then nothing gets 100%percent of what we have to offer. I often get asked, how can I possibly balance work load with my time off. The answer is simple actually. If we stop identifying what we do as who we our, our perspective will change. We start to see that what we do is only a support system for who we are, then we are free to be ourselves with everything we do. When we can be true to ourselves that vocation often becomes more like a vacation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always been out of the box so to speak. From the two decades of martial arts instructing and gym ownership, to spending my time committed to helping others find their passion in life, a lifestyle of giving is the path I chose.
After putting in the hard work on creating and promoting content that people enjoy my reputation in the outdoor community has gained some ground. The goal however has never been to get popular or rich through this type of artistry. It is my passion for people that inspires me. The passion to help others, to build up rather than knocking down the people I come in contact with in life. That leads to one last project to finish up,with. We have just launched a brand new charity called Project Heal the Land. Our commitment is to educate, conserve, and preserve our lands, wildlife, and of course people that are in charge of taking care of it.
Education is freedom, freedom is empowering, and a person empowered can go on to do great things for this world. For example, taking better care of what we our responsible for. I believe if we wake up everyday committed to being the best version of ourselves we can possibly be, the world gets better. So, that’s what I try and do, and if anyone is reading…give it a try for yourself, you won’t regret it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A week in Southern California isn’t a place, it’s places. We would hike Big Bear, drive the trails of Joshua Tree, and of course spend time at our beautiful local beaches. One of the reasons Southern California is so great is the diversity of our landscapes, the authentic culture filled foods, and of course the almost perfect weather. If I had a friend visit for a week, they probably wouldn’t leave.
There are few things better than breakfast on a clear, crisp morning sitting with friends in a small mom and pop diner before an active day of hiking the mountain. Not to mention taking in a sunset as we overlook the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. One of my all time favorite places to be though…deep in the Southern California desert as springtime bloom hits and the wildflowers cover the hillsides. This place is amazing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My balance is found in God.
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Other: Please look for our charity soon at ProjectHealtheLand.org