International Insights: Scott Moore
Scott Moore is one of the most cultured, down to earth guys I know. He loves nature and has lived abroad. Scott enriches the lives of anyone he meets. We give him a huge thanks for serving our country.
Today, Scott shares some of his level-headed approaches to life. Be sure to pull out your notebooks to take notes! I really like what he shares with his approach to life and travel. I've had the honor to meet up with Scott in many countries for quick visits and great conversations.
Scott shares his thoughts and stories on conservation, wildlife, and the value of public lands at: http://thesnowyrange.blogspot.com/
Name: Scott Moore
Originally From: Martinez, CA
Currently In: Washington, USA
Occupation: International Student, Real Estate Investor, Conservationist, Veteran
Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:
Scott Moore - I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined the military when I was seventeen. I served a total of nine years in two branches over a fourteen year period. I also enjoyed working as a counselor to struggling youth for three years, an EMT in a San Francisco emergency room, and worked for a non-profit organization focused on wilderness conservation in Nevada. Since leaving the military, I’ve sought out and utilized seller-financing opportunities to invest in low-cost rental properties, producing favorable rates of ROI. I recently returned to the US after studying for a year abroad in Europe. I hope to apply what I learn by helping others.
IF - What’s the quote you try to live your life by?
Scott - “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
IF - If you could unite the country with one mission for the next 5-10 years, what would it be?
Scott - Coming up with cost-effective solutions to the high cost of education.
IF - What do you think about when it’s most quiet in your day?
Scott - That sounds like a hiking moment for me. Therefore I’m not thinking of much, just taking in the present.
IF - Describe your perfect day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep
Scott - It would start with meditating for at least 10 minutes upon waking. Then a healthy breakfast, stretch, and a short hike or walk to get blood flowing and breath some fresh air. Balanced blocks focused on business, studies, reading, research, projects, exercise, green tea, and breaks. Breaking it up with some forms of kinesis like the gym or getting outside for a long hike in the hills is important. Listening to a mind-opening podcast is a plus. End with a good dinner, music, and relax with some HBO or reading some good fiction.
IF - Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:
1. Visit the Arctic
2. Watch my niece grow
3. The third one I’m not telling
IF - You’re stranded on an island, and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?
IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?
Scott - Definitely cruising through the Norwegian fjords.
IF - Favorite travel accessory:
Scott - Lightweight polyester boxer-briefs and clean socks.
IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?
Scott - Anything by Jimi Hendrix
IF - What is a travel ritual you do every time you go somewhere?
Scott - Give thanks
IF - What is the pivotal moment in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Scott - Enduring the death of both my parents at the same time I was transitioning out of the military with an injury during the start of the recession.
IF - What gets you most excited about life?
Scott - Besides “Chronos,” or sequential time, the Greeks have another word for time, “Kairos,” meaning significant and opportune moments in time. Those are what make it exciting.
IF - When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried and what was it about?
Scott - Betty White’s show, “Off Their Rockers” -it’s a bunch of older folks pulling practical jokes on people
IF - When traveling, what do you miss the most from home?
Scott - That’s the Achilles heel of travel. I definitely miss my family and friends, as well as the mountains, wildlife, and wide open spaces of the Reno/Tahoe area.
IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Scott - Maybe a golden eagle because being able to fly would be amazing. Or a wolf.
IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?
Scott - First and foremost, remember to be thankful. Also, the world is full of opportunities. Don’t be afraid to go for it and take calculated risks. Find the freedom within you to pursue the ones you choose while not letting fear be a saboteur. Think of it as entrepreneurial karma; the more you put towards a goal or effort, the more desirable outcomes are likely to occur. Even if your original goal may not manifest, new opportunities and outcomes will.
IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?
Scott - Travel light, literally and figuratively. Enter every new place and culture with an open mind. Make an effort to learn and understand a culture, learn the history, gain new perspectives, and allow previously held notions to cease when proven inaccurate. Enjoy the experience.
IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?
Scott - Ignorance and denial of experiment-proven, peer-reviewed scientific facts.