This episode is with Colin Moynihan President with Uncle Dan’s Outfitters. Colin tells about the recent change in ownership at Uncle Dan’s, thoughts on the state of outdoor retail today and his experience at the Skip Yowell Future Leaders Academy.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
I was born and raised in New Hampshire just south of the White Mountains so I was fortunate to have the outdoors all around. Early memories are of small amazing hikes that are accessible over some of the lakes there and there’s one mountain called rattlesnake mountain that is a pretty good hike for little kids. When you get to the top you feel like you’re at the top of a mountain that’s about four times the size nice. The lakes they’re just amazing and it’s always been engrained in my mind as one of my first outdoor memories. The other I think that burns in my mind is just a little snapshot of the local mountain we used to ski, it’s called gunstock about 15 minutes from home. I just remember the first time, I was probably about five and sitting on the back of a hayride type vehicle with my skis getting pulled up to the mountain. I don’t remember actually skiing but I remember the atmosphere and the feeling and that’s another that’s always sort of stuck with me.
Things we talked about
I think number one is is really cliche but the idea of following your heart and making sure that you end up doing everyday something that you love to do is really important to me. I see a lot of people that I love that haven’t necessarily found that and I feel fortunate. But I also always push myself and challenge myself to go for that over you know maybe security sometimes. I would just say work hard you know, don’t expect things to fall into your lap. If you’re persistent and passionate and work hard and you’re open to changes I think the great things will follow I really do. We have a lot of people on our team who I think are like that and I think they have big futures ahead of them if they keep keep grinding and working hard and loving what they do.
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