By: Dan Hansen, Operations Manager
I got really jaded recently. I was out of town visiting family over Christmastime in the southeastern part of the country. Normally this would be fantastic, but it just so happened that I missed what looks to have been the best week of skiing in my adopted mountain town of Whitefish in the last few years. Don’t get me wrong; spending time with my family is absolutely awesome, especially since I don’t get to see them more than once or twice a year due to our geographically scattered locations. But come on… there was fresh powder! And I was missing it!
I was spending this time in mid-60s temps and rain. And my ski crew let me know just how good the conditions were continuously via photos and heckling in our way-too-extensive-for-its-own-good text message chains. Upon returning home to a mountain that was skied out and too many days without powder, I was a bit down.
Family time a.k.a. riding on a train with like 10,000 kids that Santa handed train whistles to.
But, as it always happens, another storm rolled in. You see, I had been harboring a fear that Whitefish would have another dismal, powderless year like 2014/15, and I’d missed my last chance at those uncontrollable smiles that come to me while shredding my way down an untouched slope. You know, the kind of smiling where your teeth get so cold from the snow, but you just can’t stop.
Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending. As they tend to do, another storm rolled in like clockwork and covered the mountain in a fresh coat of beautiful. Adding to the newly soaring levels of stoke, my boss sent a late night meeting request aptly titled “shred” for the next morning at 9am. I can accurately say that I’ve never responded to a meeting request so quickly.
Upon arriving at the mountain the next morning, my irrational fears were squashed, and I was able to ski my face off, jump off anything in sight and get sore cheeks from the ear-to-ear grin that was hiding under my face mask. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. A fresh coat of something can change your entire outlook on a situation. And it feels great!
I was lucky enough to get a second taste of that “fresh coat of pow” feeling another week later. For those of you who aren’t aware, we’ve been looking for a new office space for a while now. Like, since the week I started at Wheelie back in mid-June. We looked at a ton of places, and nothing was quite the right fit.
And then something popped up. It happened to be a former location of a business owned by some close friends and upon doing the official “possible future tennant” tour with them, it became obvious that we had found our new home. I had been in that building many, many times but I never would have pictured it as my future workplace. It’s not exactly a fancy brand new building or anything like that. In fact, it was the first house in Whitefish build north of the tracks according the the historical building plaque fastened to the front of the building. And I love it!
You know what though, we don’t need some fancy office space. We’ve worked hard, really hard, to fill whatever space we occupy with the most badass people we can find. And I think we’ve succeeded.
Back to the storytelling part. We knew this was the space for us but it wasn’t quite right yet. It’s a classic old house so it was definitely a little rough around the edges. But you know what? A fresh couple of coats of paint (maybe more than a couple since our original paint choices proved to be unbearable) and we had turned it from another building into a space that was wholeheartedly ours. And all it took was a fresh coat of paint, a good chunk of elbow grease, and a couple of late nights with some J-Boys Pizza and a few Bonsai growlers (#namedrop).
That’s the simplicity of the little things. Sometimes it’s just a scattering of pow on the mountain or a fresh coat of paint on a few walls that can change your entire perspective on something and bring those energy levels right back up where they need to be. Luckily, this can transfer to so many areas of your life or business.
Does your branding need a fresh coat of paint? Let’s chat about it on the chairlift on the next pow day!
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