Live like Jay.
Recently, watching Chasing Mavericks allowed me to reflect on my life as an entrepreneur and how it is managed.
Jay Moriarity is a man most entrepreneurs want to be remembered as, someone who lived with purpose and lived life to its fullest…no regrets. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, Moriarity began surfing as a young boy. Although, naturally gifted with his father being a Green Beret parachutist and surfer, Jay needed someone to push him to fulfill his potential. Frosty Hesson, an accomplished surfer and mavericks frequenter, became mentor and close friend to Jay.
Mavericks is a location in Northern California where some of the largest waves are formed. An unusual rock formation under the ocean produces waves that crest around 25 feet and can get as high as 80 feet. Surfing in this location is extremely dangerous and every winter the worlds greatest surfers frequent the invitation only region. Jay Moriarity was destined to surf mavericks the day he first got on a surf board. Surfing mavericks is a way-of-life preparation, not something that you can wake up and do one morning.
The milestone’s in Jay’s life are validated by winning surfing title after title since he was the age of 12. When he was 16 he was captured on the cover of Surfer Magazine for a moment in surfing history known as the most spectacular wipeout. Although he was one of the best athlete’s in the sport, he maintained a humble personality and grace with people that is proceeds him today. How did Jay Moriarity live a life of passion and influence which has maintained his reputation with the surfing community twelve years after his death?
In the movie, Frosty (Gerard Butler) takes in Jay as his son and begins to teach him how to surf and survive mavericks. The training has a set of four pillars or rules to live by; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Entrepreneurs, like Jay, are individuals who chase a life of passion. They set their sites on a goal but a lot of the time lose focus along the journey and the original goal. Entrepreneurs sometimes jump in before being fully ready for the challenges associated with chasing a dream. The amount of distractions, tasks, meetings, phone calls, conference calls, research, marketing, sales, pitching and all of the other responsibilities involved. Entrepreneurship is a way of life not a position or title. It’s a lifestyle which has a reputation as being a maverick, no boundaries, limits or rules. To maximize success, an entrepreneur needs to have a set of pillars to live by for ultimate success, joy, and sanity.
There’s a scene in the movie when Frosty challenges Jay to observe from a distance and study everything about it, becoming an expert — the pillar of knowledge. Unfortunately, as a sixteen year old, Jay misinterprets his mentors message and is lectured for it extensively. The lesson is learned in the end as Jay understands the importance of knowledge in surfing from a distance as well up close. Jay became a master at his trade using this methodology which overlapped into other disciplines; longboarder, swimmer, diver, paddler, fisherman, motorcrosser and skydiver.
What we do in life should be defined by a purpose. The purpose aligns with our higher goals which stem from our passion. Having four pillars to live by allows for the many choices we face every day as entrepreneurs to be categorized allowing for an easy decision every time. What is more important, a foundation or set of pillars to live by shapes your life and defines the legacy you will leave behind.
Jay passed away prematurely during a diving accident in the maldives but lived the life he wanted to live and accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. He followed his dream and built a lifestyle around his passion.
Live like Jay, follow your passions and challenge yourself with a set of pillars that advance your life towards your ultimate dream. What are your four pillars?
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