November 11th, 2014

Gavin Doran’s Versatility No Comments



April 19th, 2013

The Storied Self: How to Use Journaling as Your Atlas to Success No Comments

Topics:All Time, Chases Faves, College, Communication, Current Hits, Fitness, Food, Learning, Philosophical Wanderings, Uncategorized

Read time: 7min           Speed Read: 1 min

Driving  over the bay at 5 years old, my mom asks my brother and I,  “What do you see?”
I responded, “Clouds…”
She asked,“What else?”
“Clouds and.. and… buildings!”
“… the blue sky and trees and people and lights-oh I see someone and they have a doggy!”
She asked us everything about what we observed and why we thought those things were the way they were. She finished with,

“Look how much else you see when you look beyond what’s right in front of you!”

Fast forward to when I was 16. In the dark, I waded into the water with two pretty girls in their underwear at a party on the beach. Read more»

August 13th, 2012

Gethin’s 12 Week Fitness Transformation: Everyman to Olympian 6 Comments

Topics:All Time, Chases Faves, Current Hits, Fitness

Myself after my 84 day transformation.

Read Time: 4min     SpeedRead: 1min
We all love secrets, and we all have them. Crazy secrets, surprising secrets, useful secrets… but at some point we just can’t hold it in any longer. I’ve reached that point, and I’m going to spill the beans.

Imagine how you would feel about yourself, walking into a room full of important people, knowing that you’re in the best shape of your life.

I just walked home from training with my shirt off, dripping with sweat when I passed an elderly gentleman leaving his condo. He looks up at me and in a surprised voice proclaims,

“You look like one of those boys competing in the Olympics!”

Olympian?” … I can work with that!

If that’s not a win at the end of a long hard day, I don’t know what is.

Do you want to achieve a physique that gets you called an Olympian, in 84 days?
In this post, I’m going to show you how to:

  • Lose FAT while gaining MUSCLE (Yes, it’s possible).
  • Make the most delicious, healthy shake to ever grace your tastebuds.
  • Go from obese to 4-pack abs to 6-pack abs.
  • Avoid things that don’t matter. Read more»

June 11th, 2012

WolfDisc: Secrets of Starting a Business at Age 19 (and enjoying the good life.) 3 Comments

Topics:All Time, Chases Faves, College, Communication, Current Hits, Learning, Startup Life

Gavin Doran Photography

Read time: 7 or 8 min Speed Read: 1.5 min

I’ve been dreading writing this post for months now. Not because I don’t enjoy the topic- I do. But because there’s SO much to say.

What you NEED to know:  Starting a company doesn’t take a lot of money. It doesn’t take a lot of time. You can do it in college (and yes, have a 4.0GPA). You can stay fit. You can have a social life.

What’s the one thing that allows all of this to be possible?

In a word- Prioritization. Your time must be allocated tightly. Have a routine and stick to it. College comes first for me, so right when I’ve got something assigned, I do it. Period. I work in a 2 hour weightlifting session and 40 minutes of cardio every day, and between it all, I’m hanging with friends, planning a crazy trip, or catching a movie. Sundays from 11-5pm, I work on my company. That’s it. Every week. After a couple of months you’ll have something really promising.

But you’ve got to pay attention.

ACTION is the secret sauce.

This is meant to be a blueprint, an inspiration, and very possibly a reality check. My hope is that after reading this, you’re ready to stop talking, and start doing.

In the following post, my intention is not to unload so much knowledge on you in such a short period of time that your head swells to watermelon-esque proportions.

That said- I hope you like watermelon. Read more»

February 15th, 2012

Dating 101: How to Handle a Break-up. 5 Comments

Topics:Current Hits, Learning, Relationships, Uncategorized

Photo Credit: Amy Lloyd

Read time: 10 min; SpeedRead: 1 min

It’s that time of year again… Hallmark cashes in and couples dish out. Romance is in the air and people are in love… except when they aren’t.

Some of you are in negative relationships, and some are still trying to pan out what happened months ago after a big break-up. Here’s something I wrote a little while back that should offer a few of you a bit of understanding and structure…


Your palms sweat and the tension rises. You know what’s coming. And then, in a flash, it is done. Your stomach feels like it just dropped through your ass. Confusion takes over as you search for a rewind button. “Why is this happening?

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November 30th, 2011

The Power of Asking: The Simon Sinek Story. 7 Comments

Topics:Chases Faves, Communication, Current Hits, Learning, Philosophical Wanderings

Photo credit: Pach Adams

Read Time: 6 min.  Speed Read: 1 min.

I couldn’t believe it. I was bumping elbows with hundreds of top CEO’s that gathered for an exclusive event in Gainesville, FL. Many emotions were floating around the room- excitement, anxiety, even fear. Looking over, I saw Simon Sinek’s name printed in bold across a banner as the honored (and world famous) speaker for the seminar. What made my current situation even sweeter was the fact that I had gotten my twin brother and I in for free, along with VIP access to hang with Simon, the author of “Start With Why“, before and after his presentation.

Yes, it’s undeniably true: God loves me.

My journey to this moment started a couple years back when I first watched Simon’s T.E.D. talk.  Read more»

October 6th, 2011

Steve Jobs: Closing Comfort 4 Comments



Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple, has made his grande exit.

Steve Jobs, just might have been one of the greatest lifestyle designers of all time.

When I first heard the news, my spirits sunk and I immediately raced to Apple’s website to confirm the details.

And there he was. Just a picture, name, and date. Minimalistic as Jobs himself. Read more»

September 23rd, 2011

3.3 to 4.0 GPA: Ace College 8 Comments

Topics:All Time, Chases Faves, College, Communication, Current Hits, Learning

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Read time: 5 min; SpeedRead (bolded): 1 min

I didn’t want to hurt her. I didn’t mean to. But I did.

I broke her will. She almost survived. She ran and ran and ran. She was confident at first. But she didn’t know… how could she? How could she know that I wouldn’t stop? How could she know that I was about to topple her with so much intensity and raw human drive that she would be helpless? She was an innocent bystander that put a target on her back. Read more»

August 17th, 2011

GoPro HD Hero: #1 Action Camera Review 6 Comments

Topics:All Time, Chases Faves, Photography & Film, Reviews



As in- if I paid a professional $1000 they still wouldn’t be able to fix it- dead.

This was the fate of a formerly intact Nikon point and shoot digital camera while I was zip-lining through the Canadian National Forest. After falling 200ft and hurling by every. possible. branch. that would catch it, the ground (phew) managed to stop my camera’s momentum via spontaneous combustion.

Camera? What Camera?

This was only the start of the bad camera luck for me. Through the years, I’ve been through tons. Unfortunately, nice filming equipment and adventure don’t play well.

Not until now.

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July 27th, 2011

Lose Fat- Beach Season isn’t Over 1 Comment

Topics:Current Hits, Food

Want to lose 300 pounds of PURE fat in 7 days?

Well that’s just too damn bad. Because short of surgery, it’s impossible.

Screw that head back on straight. Perk up those ears. Let me give you the REAL skinny on how to lose fat…

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