Overcoming Challenges and Soaring Again

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It’s been a while, but I am back.

It’s been a 2014 full of change, challenge and even more change. Things certainly don’t always go according to plan but you’ve got to roll with the punches, so to speak. Overcoming challenges is an important part of life. Overcoming challenges helps us feel every inch of our humanity. I’ve been there.

Being back in my adopted home state of Nevada, the family and me are finding solace being close to friends and family. Being in Kansas City had such upside, but also was rough on all of us. We didn’t have the support group we have here. That made it hard. It was lots of holidays by ourselves in a great community that isn’t always open to “outsiders.” Nonetheless, I have no regrets about our time there and met so many great folks; it’s impossible to mention them all.

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”  – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

But today is about now, not the past and I’m excited. The new job at Haymon Boxing is incredible and I’m having the professional time of my life. You couldn’t ask for a better opportunity or to work with a better group of people. I have to pinch myself each day to make sure it’s real. Yes, it’s that good.

Still, reflecting on the changes in my career, I can’t help but share some thoughts. Not all of them positive, but worth at least jotting down:

  1. Goodbye “Friends”…It’s truly amazing how many vendors, associates, consultants, etc. that have dropped off the radar since I left big brands. You know the kind that speak of “friendship” and then suddenly, when they’re not on the payroll or can’t get a payday, disappear. Yeah, that. But it’s OK. Exposing it is a good thing for us all. Page turned.
  2. Light-speed…Free of bureaucracy and layer upon layer of process, the start-up life has been great. Things happen really fast and there’s no time for BS. Things need to get done, people need to be hired and you have to be responsible for it all. I love it and it’s invigorating. Free from politics, wasted time, and agendas, moving fast makes you realize how things can be done – well.
  3. Keeping young…Hiring a staff primarily filled with people lots younger than me, has also been energizing. For all the grief the current younger generation gets, I’m blown away by the smarts and style. I’m lucky to have been able to build a staff with some talented, driven, and down-right brilliant young professionals.

Until next time…thanks and peace!

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Scott Gulbransen

Scott is Global Head of Digital Content at Haymon Boxing - the world's premier boxing management firm. He's the former Vice President of Digital Marketing at DSI, and ran social media and PR at brands like Applebee's, and Intuit's TurboTax. He's a regular contributor for Social Media Today, SpinSucks.com, Forbes.com, Technorati.com and in 2011 ranked #21 in the list of “Top 50 Daddy Bloggers” in the USA by Cision. His award-winning social marketing campaigns are known for their engaging content, humor and real results.

2 Responses to “Overcoming Challenges and Soaring Again”


Tom Beyer
August 21, 2014

Scott –

Sounds like a great gig. Best wishes to your and your family. And I’m sure you will have season tickets to UNLV basketball.

kevin magee
August 22, 2014

Settle in and you owe me a call….lesssss gooooo!

Glad to hear things are moving forward. Thought for sure you were going to be Provost at UNLV, my bad. K

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