We had the good fortune of connecting with Blaze Robert Stow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blaze Robert, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
“Its the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is a lesson I needed to learn. There once was a time, where it was all work and no play. I was so preoccupied by my obsession for success, that I compulsively lost admiration for the current moment. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but I learned that doesn’t need to come at the cost of self-love and self-respect. I began trusting myself and the process more, and replaced the anxious worry of becoming successful, with the desire to achieve balance. I am presently enough. I work hard, but I play hard, and it’s all about the balance. Balance is essential, and a key factor in me feeling balanced is to take care of myself by having alone time, resting, relaxing, and doing the things I want to do, for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always had a good understanding of people, and I naturally find myself in leadership roles. At work, I manage a team of over 25 people, working several locations, at all hours, every day of the week. It’s a tough job, but I like the exciting pace and variation of the work days. I am a very caring person, and I try to lead my team with enthusiasm, and cultivate a positive environment. I once worked at a very busy Starbucks, and there I learned the importance of a happy team. My boss at the time taught me that a shift, is like a ship, and if your team isn’t happy to be working with you, you have holes in your ship. There is something very theatrical to my current leadership job and at the end of the day, I feel like I orchestrated something special. A defining characteristic of my team is that we work hard, but we have fun doing it. There’s a nice balance.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re in a convertible, feeling the warm air upon us, driving to the desert of Palm Springs. We hike along the sand dunes and rest in a palm tree oasis. You find me reading and relaxing by the pool of the Ace Hotel, while laughing at the memory of chasing each other with ATV’s. We go out eating, drinking, dancing, and stay woke well into the early morning. Keeping with the theme of balance, we quickly pack our bags and head back to Los Angeles just in time for a 10 o’clock morning meeting. After work you’ll find me climbing the Culver City stairs, releasing stress and soaking up the sunsets. We sit fireside at one of our favorite restaurants, Hermanito, then order Creme Brûlée Crepes to-go, eating and walking through the city at night. We wake up having brunch with our feet in the sand at the Back On The Beach Cafe. We just toured The Huntington Museum and Gardens, and are now on our way to the Hearst Castle! [Convertible driving along a winding coastal roadway fades out – while “Meet me On The Dancefloor” by Le Flex plays].
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my colleagues at One Health Labs. One Health Labs is currently testing for the Covid-19 virus, and has played a major role in keeping our industry safe and working, during the pandemic. I’d like to thank all my colleagues for working hard and building something great.
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