22: Dan Abrams on Hard Work, Perseverance and a Goal of No Missed Powder Days
Today's episode will change the way you think about thinking big and what success really is.
Dan Abrams had an idea. He didn't know how it would happen or what would come of it. He took calculated risks, he made backup plans in case of worst case scenarios, he overcame "down-on-his-luck moments," and didn't think too much about where it was headed.
Dan is co-founder of Flylow Gear, an independent backcountry ski apparel brand that he and his college friend Greg Steen established because they imagined better gear for the mountains.
I had been a huge fan of FlyLow gear and of Dan Abrams for at least 10 years when I had the pleasure of skiing with him and his now wife Megan Michelson at Schweitzer Mountain when I did the PR for the ski resort. Megan is a freelance writer and a rad freeskier.
Some things we discuss:
- The problem Flylow Gear solves.
- Taking a big gamble to make an idea happen.
- Taking a big leap and the unacceptable alternative: when you are driven to be an entrepreneur and taking smart risks.
- How to make a business partnership work.
Dan's Role models
- Steve Sullivan - Sully - founder of Cloudveil
- Brian Cousins
- Yvon Chouinard - Founder of Patagonia
- Let my People Go Surfing - Greg's "shrink for an entrepreneur in the outdoor apparel world."
Where to find Dan:
- Flylow Website - dealer locator
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