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Escapade to Columbus, Ohio

Someone once told me that you’re more likely to regret the things that you don’t do than the things that you’ve done and didn’t enjoy or learn from. So when I had the opportunity to visit and work from Columbus, Ohio two days after returning from Dubai, I jumped at it. Here is my photo journal of the experience:

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One of the strangest, funnest, and most surprising parts of my life nowadays is the access to a private jet for these types of trips. This is the Hawker 850XP that brought me to Ohio

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Hi, my name is Geremy. Pleased to meet you.

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It was strange that the number of pilots exceeded the number of passengers on this trip.

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Ohio from above

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My office for the day— the University of Ohio

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While I thought that I could avoid the snow that plagued New Jersey by going to Ohio in the Spring, Mother Nature had other plans. Unfortunately, I forgot my jacket back at home, so that wasn’t cool…pun intended.

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This culinary marvel from SuperChefs was the reason why I maxed out on my daily calories after one meal. The meal consisted of red velvet waffles, egg whites, pepper jack cheese, a chicken filet and a side of a strawberry syrup. After eating one half of the sandwich, my arteries said, “no mas!”

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A corny field

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Artwork from the Art District

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I’m a huge fan of raw coconut water and Native Cold Pressed had some of the best, freshest, coconut water packaged in a reusable glass bottle…with a paper straw

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Tesla had a wonderful showroom located in a gorgeous theater-style storefront

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An outdoor shopping center that included a lot of high-end shops. If I ever decide to open a Peculiar PPL boutique in Ohio, it’ll more than likely be here

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My surprisingly fun rental car that took me around the state in an economical, fuel-efficient manner.

Columbus exceeded my expectations and I’m definitely returning in the future. You should visit as well, since it’s “an awesome place to be.”

I’m Going to Dubai – Pt 3

Now that the trip is winding down, it’s time for me to head home and prepare to build a life that I won’t want or need a vacation from. For now, here is the last set of photos from the latest happenings:

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The beautifully designed Mall of the Emirates

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The indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert. It’s crazy to know that you can go from swimming on the beach to skiing down the slopes within 20 minutes in the middle of a desert. Well done, Dubai!

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The Dubai Marina at night

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Funny money

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We saw so many of these cars that it seemed so commonplace to have one. I’m convinced that the Rolls Royce Wraith is the Honda Accord of Dubai.

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This business has mastered the art of bubble tea. I looked into franchising the idea and bringing it to the United States, but I didn’t have enough time. Maybe later.

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Purchased the book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz while laying here. I’m only two chapters in, but it seems like a great read! Will definitely finish it by the time that I touch down in the US.

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This confused me. What am I really drinking?!?

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#Gameface

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Gokarting at Dubai Autodrome. I didn’t do so well the first time, so I had to return later in the day to avenge my family’s honor.

I’m Going to Dubai – Pt 2

Thus far, one of the most impressive things about Dubai is their standard of excellence. Everything is over-the-top and done to the highest levels of quality! Also, it’s impressive how they first set the bar, then they exceed the bar. Dubai is my kind of country!

Here are some scenes from my most recent day:
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I’m not really into pools, but the hotel has an impressive infinity pool on the roof

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Offroading in the sand with Maktoum

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I was going to ride this camel, so first I spoke with him to try to get on his good side

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…but he wasn’t having it

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…so I tried another camel and he was very unpredictable

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The camel didn’t care about me AT ALL. He spent all of his time trying to kiss the lady on the camel in front of me.

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But eventually we became friends and lived happily ever after.

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“Geremy, you just resigned—what are you going to do next???”

I’m going to Dubai!!

One of my most transformative life experiences happened back in 2010 when I flew to Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Florida on an “In Search of Inspiration” tour.  As a result of the ideas and inspiration received on these trips, I launched Peculiar PPL and I discovered a strategy that brought me many steps closer to getting my dream jet.  Now that I’ve started a new chapter of life, I felt that another “search of inspiration” trip was necessary to inspire the vision and strategy for the next few years.

Why Dubai?  Besides a great opportunity opening up for me to visit, I’ve always viewed it as the best place on Earth to see a manifestation of a huge vision in a short time period.  As someone who also has a huge vision of positively impacting the world in a big way, this was important for me to see in-person.

So, after a long 12 hour flight, I landed here late last week with my cousin (who I brought along as a super-belated Christmas gift). Over the next few days, I’ll provide updates of day-to-day sights and scenes, starting with these:

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The largest building and structure in the world, which is a lot more impressive up-close

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Our chariot that is obviously just as attractive as the Lamborghinis and Ferraris on these streets

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An incredible waterfall display at the largest mall in the world

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A near ice-less ice skating rink at the largest mall in the world

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Scenes from the beach with the Burj Al Arab in the background

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Funky illuminated penguins at our restaurant

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I ordered these fries thinking that they’d be just as beautifully presented as the rest of the food from the restaurant. When the waiter put the dish on the table, I thought that they mistakenly poured too much seasonings on the fries. After disregarding the appearance, I tasted one and my tastebuds rejoiced in the name of the almighty potato.

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We learned that every outdoor set of stairs is appropriate for channeling your inner “Rocky”

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My cousin packed an emergency frisbee which came in very handy on the beach

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Until next time…. Signing off!

But then I resigned…

The last 9 years of my career has been a fun time filled with rainbows and daisies.  I managed an Executive Coaching practice within a company that had some of the smartest, funnest people that I’ve ever met.  I’ve had the pleasure of leading significant projects for top universities and Fortune 100 companies, and I did it with some of the best team members that I could ever ask for.  In fact, the other day I received an email from one of my favorite direct reports that said, “…all my future ‘bosses’ have big shoes to fill because you were the greatest!”  That message made a single tear slowly fall from my left eye, just like in the movies.

But then I resigned…

Elon Musk is famous for saying, “being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”  With such a morbid image of the future, why would anyone in their right mind want to pursue this life?!

Well, my momma always told me that I’m a little peculiar!

I’ve got mega-ambitious goals for the future and I am “crazy” enough to know that with dedication, passion, and an insane work ethic, they’re going to be successful. One of my companies, Peculiar Enterprises, has the mission of positively changing the world through peculiar people, and this goal requires a more significant time commitment than the daily 12am to 2am schedule that I’ve had over the past few years.  Basically, I believe that If something is important enough to you, then you’ve a responsibility to do it even if the risk of failure is high!

So even as today is my last day as a full-time employee in a comfortable position at a cool company, I am looking forward to chewing glass and staring into the abyss of death.  Regardless of how much the glass hurts and how the abyss looks, I know that the other end is going to be an even bigger land filled with brighter rainbows and bigger daisies.

Best of all, this journey will be captured in realtime on Geremology.com!