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Born in February of 1981, Chris was the third generation of the Grundemann family to be born in Denver, Colorado. Shortly after his sister was born (a couple years later), the family moved to Douglas County, a better environment for raising children.
At their home just outside Castle Rock and Sedalia, Chris helped tend the garden and care for the chickens and pigs each year. His free time was spent exploring, either on a computer or outdoors. The first computer Chris worked on was a Texas Instruments model which connected to a black and white TV. He remembers the 5.25″ floppy drive, the cassette tape recorder used for data backup, the joy of simple games and learning to program in Basic. He also worked on cars with his dad and rode his bike and go-cart around the neighborhoods dirt roads. From a very young age, he has been involved in many of his life’s passions.
Chris wrestled from age 4 through high-school, where he competed on the Varsity team every year but never qualified for the state championship tournament. He was also a sound and light technician for both his middle-school and high-school theaters, a member of his high-school yearbook staff and the treasurer for the schools FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter.
Chris’ career history is detailed on his LinkedIn page. In his current role at Myriad Supply he is expressing his passion by helping clients build bigger, faster, more efficient networks that are easier to operate and scale.
Chris finds his career rewarding for a number of reasons. Some of the more obvious are that like any engineering discipline, the work is challenging and engaging; every action must be thought out and thoroughly understood to avoid possible catastrophe. The environment is one where continual learning is necessary and highly regarded. Beyond that, Chris believes in what he is doing. To him, the Internet is much more than a virtual mall or even a great corporate tool; it is a medium which is allowing communication on a new level. A level that Chris likens to telepathy on a global scale; a nearly instantaneous transfer of information, ideas, opinions, tools and resources between millions of people all over the world. He feels privileged to be a part of the growth and evolution of this new era.
|Family||Spending time with his two beautiful sons and gorgeous partner; also with his mother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.|
|Wrenching||Unfortunately, garage space is hard to come by in NYC|
|The Outdoors||Snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and wilderness living / survival techniques|
|New Technology||He enjoys tinkering with what he can|
|Thoughts and Conversations||Philosophy, physics, politics, economics, creativity, spirituality, individuality, history, privacy, human rights, entrepreneurship, education, liberation, life, death…|
A bit more about Chris Grundemann
The Nine Noble Virtues
Chris tries to live by nine noble virtues, which he has borrowed from Asatru:
The Serenity Prayer
He also finds the Serenity Prayer to be very powerful:
|Grant me the Courage to change the things I can|
|Grant me the Serenity to accept those I can not|
|Grant me the Wisdom to know the difference|
Basic World View
His general attitude towards life can be summarized by his aspiration to truly become a warrior wizard. To him, warriorship is a way of life which includes constantly training the mind and body while cultivating fearlessness. Wizardry is transcending what most believe be to possible using wisdom and will.
As a warrior he works to keep his body healthy and “in-shape.” He strives to continually push his endurance, strength, and skill forward, to the next level and beyond. He is also determined to keep his mind focused, trained and alert. The two go hand in hand for Chris; physical and mental activity. He is constantly pushing forward over new obstacles to achieve growing goals. For Chris, fearlessness is not blind stupidity or a lack of self-preservation. Quite the opposite, it is a willingness to take on risks (physical, emotional, financial, etc.) when the reward is appropriate or necessary. It is the ability to make difficult decisions and act with resolve.
This ability to make and act on decisions is a precursor to wizardry for Chris. He points to the fact that throughout human history, individuals have shaped the world around them. Every great and every tragic event has been created, shaped or heavily influenced by individuals and their actions. Chris raises the names of men like Mahatma Gandhi, Joseph Stalin, Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein as shining examples of the power that the individual holds (for good and evil alike). He says that one man who is willing to set his mind to the task can accomplish the impossible.
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