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July 30, 2010

EmpiriStat: Work Hard, Play Hard

(Contributed by Fawna Start)

"Work hard, play hard."  We have all heard the motto but do we live by it? I have come to realize that it is much more than just a saying; it is a way of life. To truly understand the ideal balance, you must live and breathe it.  At EmpiriStat, Inc we not only understand the motto, we embody its very essence. 
To Work Hard:
My definition of hard work is: that which challenges you, requires some personal risk, and constantly stretches your comfort level.  Strong challenge is usually connected with strong results. The nice thing about hard work is that it is universal.  It does not matter what industry you are in — hard work can be used to achieve positive long-term results regardless of the specifics. EmpiriStat team members are no strangers to hard work; they define it.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
- Oprah Winfrey
To Play Hard:
play   VERB: played, play·ing, plays
intr. To occupy oneself in amusement, sport, or other recreation
At EmpiriStat we believe in giving 100% in everything we do without exception. We play as hard as we work and our team members understand the delicate balance between the two. Without play, your work will suffer and without work you cannot truly enjoy all that life has to offer.  
Team EmpiriStat:
Our fearless leader is not only a tiger herself but she does not think twice about laying beside one, or in the case of her trip to Thailand, ON ONE! Whether she is establishing and orchestrating her own business, hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, exploring for Cayman in the Amazon, or trekking through the Torres National Park in Chili, this woman DEFINES the very essence of the work hard, play hard. Living out her dreams and taking risks, both professional and personal, makes for unforgettable memories and insurmountable rewards.
She is not the only member of the team to play hard, for instance our Manager of Statistical Programming recently fulfilled his dream of flying. He took a leap of faith and on the count of 2 (or was it 3?), stepped out of a perfectly good airplane at 14,000 feet above the ground! He always wanted to know what it was like to fly, and although he was technically falling (at 120 miles per hour), not flying, it is as close as one can get. He reported that if it was not for the feeling of the air rushing past him he would have thought he was simply floating above the earth. Next, our house adventurist will be swinging high above the ground on a trapeze holding on for dear life. (and no, I am not kidding!)
EmpiriStat has its very own Strongman. Pushing the human body to extremes is the passion of our Executive Coordinator. From power lifting to strongman competitions to living off the land, he definitely lives life to the fullest. Eating right (usually) and working out is his secret to always being at peak performance. His return on investment makes him sharp and strong, not only physically, but mentally and professionally. This powerhouse can dead lift 450+ lbs., yet host, cook and serve a dinner party for 12 (not at the same time mind you). A strong body makes for a strong mind. 
Another team member lives out her dreams of owning and riding her own motorcycle. After 30 years of sitting on the back of everyone else’s bikes she mustered the courage, took the training class, and piloted her own bike. With motorcycle endorsement in hand, shopping was the next step. After three months of searching for that perfect fit, essentially sitting on every bike ever made, there it was …(drum roll please)… the white pearl 2003 Harley Low Rider. Proving that it is never too late to follow your dreams and push yourself to new heights this mother of three now rides her own Harley to new places! Be on the look-out for her revving in Sturgis or rolling through the Rockies.
And finally in the spirit of making a personal difference, our Director, Business Development is participating in a trial to walk across the TransAmerican trail. She has already lost 24 lbs as a result of her participation. Armed with advanced nutritional know-how, she is reshaping her life and body through her 4,300 mile journey. To put that in perspective, it takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile. She has made the decision to change her life and with every step she takes she is doing just that. Imagine all the benefits and rewards when she takes that 8.6 millionth step and says, “I did it”. That is motivation to us all; the road to change takes one step at a time. This fitness study is being conducted by Dr. Paul T. Williams, a researcher in the life sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The EmpiriStat crew encourages everyone to expand their limits and reach for new heights, in their professional and personal lives. Drumming up the courage to make new goals and encounter new experiences can certainly breathe new life into your body and mind. As John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.”
Well then, Saddle up, pilgrims!

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