Video Post: Get the Funk Out

Rough Transcript This video is about getting yourself out of a rut. This video is not for everyone, but for some there are times in life when it feels like you're just going through the motions, going to the same job via the same rout, running the rat-race, sitting in the same cubicle and "farting in the same chair," as some might say. There can be times when life loses that excitement and you don't know how to reinvigorate yourself. You see … [Read more...]

Home Energy Efficiency Hacks

For disclosure and so you know where I am coming from: I am a Civil Engineer by training, spent two years managing a renewable energy installation company in Northern Nevada, followed by a general contractor focusing on green building and energy efficiency. I have since moved on to become a program manager the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, a 510(c)3 nonprofit organization. Alright, lets get to it: First thing is … [Read more...]

My First Video Post: Creating a Job For Yourself After College

Rough Transcript from my Video: Today's video is geared toward recent college graduates or graduates to be, whether you're a senior, or working on your masters or even a PhD. There comes a time in life when you have to enter that scary realm of going out into the "real world" and getting a job. First and foremost understand that you are not going to walk out of college and get a management job; its not going to happen regardless of the … [Read more...]

Even Reno Landscape Companies Kill it with Social Media Marketing!

"We sold $150,000 in one day though, can you believe that?" - Small-time Reno Landscape Guy Social Media Marketing isn't just for the chic & trendy businesses anymore. This morning I must have walked in on good 'ol boys landscaping industry meeting at Starbucks. Okay it was definitely nothing official but four guys from different landscaping companies were definitely having coffee together this morning... Collusion in Landscaping … [Read more...]

Are MBA’s a Waste of Time for Engineers?

What society thinks I do, what my former coworkers think I do, what my friends think I do, what my parents think I do, what I think I do, what I really do

I know the feeling, wanting to get out of the monotonous routine, get out from the cubicle, and get away from your boring boss that has been working for the firm for 30 years. I've been there and I am seeing more and more that many engineers get that same itch. That need to use the other half of your brain, to engage that creative nature that has been suppressed. The desire to act on a vision, build with your hands, mix it up, do what feels … [Read more...]

There are Damn Good Reasons Why I Live in Reno

[Update 2016]: **Make sure to check out the comment threads below -AND- Many people find this other Reno post even more helpful**: What it’s like living in Reno? – Lifestyles answer I know what you're thinking; there are too many casinos, too many bums, its too dry, I want some more local stores, give me some more trees... Shut It!... I don't care what you say, this is a damn good place to live!... :) This topic is something that has been … [Read more...]

Why Millennial Need to Do, Not Try: A Lesson for My Peers

Andrew Herr Happy Jump at Martis Camp Golf Course

Its not what you know or who you know; but how you create value out of the world around you A quick lesson for my peers, while you are bowing out, playing video games and making excuses, those of us with determination to play the game are changing the rules in the job market. One more piece of paper or letter behind your name won't get you anywhere; demonstrated experience, determination and connections (on and offline) are the name of the … [Read more...]

Venture Socialist? – Value Over Risk & Return

Guy with Cowboy hat and white shirt hitchhiking to Reno in Nevada

One June 16th, 2010 I wrote the following on my old blog @ dananimal.blogspot.com: If I could give one thing to the world... one thing that would change it and sustain it... it would be the oxymoron of a non-profit organization that's goal and purpose in life is to create, invest in, support, and build sustainable businesses... an organization that reinvests what is earned into the community and the world around it... building businesses not … [Read more...]

Know the Why? Then the Rules Don’t Matter!

I urge you to go through life with purpose and consider your 'why' in daily actions; perhaps someday your 'why' will become the rule. You've heard the phrase, Rules were meant to be broken. Well consider this, rules were made to protect people that don't understand the why (protect people from themselves). Once you understand the why behind your actions, the rule is null and void. In my humble opinion there is no rule that is … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Starting in Solar Sales

I have been asked many many times how to get started in Solar and renewable energy. If you're looking to work in the industry, my first answer, understand what the heck you are talking about and just do it. Okay, that many not sound like the best advice, but in my experience thus far most of the Universities don't know what they heck they are talking about yet when it comes to renewable energy at this point and you're going to have to do some of … [Read more...]