Hi. I’m Steve.
I know that my life is best when the people around me are having fun and getting every opportunity they want. There’s nothing more fulfilling than meaningful work in collaboration with good friends.
There are three things I want to do most: Take pictures, learn cool things, and change the world for the better.
Why “change the world?” It’s not because I want to be famous or rich (that would be cool though). I’m an ambitious lunatic because I see the world changing around me at an incredible pace and want to be a positive part of those changes. It’d be a shame not to at least try, right?
Okay. So now you know 2 things about me: I live in Colorado, I have an odd list of projects. What else is important?
Well, I’m also wrong.
I’m wrong almost all the time.
If you asked me “Steve, do you really think you’re a lunatic?” I’d chuckle uncomfortably and say, “No, that’s an exaggeration, but it gets the idea across.”
See? You’ve been reading my autobiography for 30 seconds and I’ve already been wrong.
How embarrasing. You’d think I’d be qualified to write my own bio.
Anyway, because I’m (almost) always wrong, my hobbies include:
- Soliciting negative feedback
- Going where I don’t belong to ask questions
- Starting constructive (if uncomfortable) conversations about disagreements
That might sound a little crazy, but it works quite well! Being wrong makes me a better person.
Testing my assumptions helps me learn and improve faster. There’s nothing that slows down learning quite like thinking you’re right about something. This is why the scientific method works so well.
Just so this bio doesn’t get too weird, my other hobbies include sleeping in, thinking my political views are right, wishing I had more time to read, going to midnight premieres of sci-fi movies. I can only ever eat about half of the popcorn I buy.
I habitually order hot chocolate when I don’t know what to get at fancy coffee shops. I’m trying to change that habit to a cappuccino or mocha because I think it will make me seem more cultured.
I call my blog “Mapmaking.” I try to be less wrong by “making better maps” of the world and everything in it. I’m never expecting to ever be “right” because all I’m making is maps.
Not terrain maps like the one above. Idea maps.
I find that leaving behind normative terms like “right” and “wrong” is very helpful for having productive conversations. When you’re making maps, constant revision is part of the game. You become very familiar with your own inaccuracies.
At best, you’ve made a good map. It will need to be updated even if it’s perfect now. You can’t be right if you’re just a cartographer.
But you can be wrong and that’s what matters. Being wrong is where learning begins.
Here are the main things I’m working on.
My main project is the Abroad Academy. It’s an online course that helps students study abroad.
Students who travel naturally pick up skills like proactive self-development, confident communication, creative problem solving, and bureaucracy navigation.
Students who don’t think they can’t afford to study abroad need these skills, too!
The Abroad Academy teaches these skills and more while helping students secure scholarships to travel while in school.
Setting up partnerships and working with students for Abroad Academy is my full time job at the moment.Learn More About The Abroad Academy
Photography is what I do whenever I’m not reading or working on the two projects above. Drone photography is the latest way I’ve found to have fun taking pictures.
I founded a drone photography company to do aerial still photography and video work throughout Colorado.Visit http://Lander.PhotoLike Lander on Facebook
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I’m making 3 videos a day during all of 2016. It’s a project to get more comfortable with a medium that is already exciting and will be increasingly important as time goes on: online video.
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The Map Making Blog
The blog is a place for me to post ideas, tools, book notes, resources, and updates of all kinds. I also guest post various places around the internet.
You can read my work on Medium here.
This blog is my way of learning through teaching. Did you know that’s the best way to learn?See The BlogFollow My Publication On Medium
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