On An Idle Mind

By Claude Schmidt
Published on: July 26, 2019

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Six months ago, I did the unthinkable. Following CES, I packed my things and resigned from my Marketing Director gig at a promising audio startup. Bottom line, work had gotten the better of me. I had been ignoring the imminent signs – with my “Check Engine” and several other warning lights glaring brightly, I pulled over.

My sensible wife, seeing a prime opportunity to cut the tension, simply advised me to pack my bags for a journey. I cannot thank her, nor the Big Island of Hawaii enough for the grand escape. The dynamic landscapes, vibrant wildlife, and generous vibes provided the perfect context to catalyze my recovery.

With vacation over it was back to business, in particular tending to neglected house projects and indirectly my tan. I have a handy side and relish engaging in craftsman endeavors to take the edge off of work and keep my creative juices flowing. Nothing compares to readily gauging your accomplishments and also assessing where finishing touches are needed. What can I say, I can be a bit of a perfectionist.

One project drew me outside my comfort zone, forcing me to muster my inner landscape designer. In a nutshell, I deconstructed the front yard to address a few matters and then endeavored to replace it with a fabulous Zen Garden – there was no turning back. More importantly, I opted to open my heart and mind, and allow the process to unfold each and every day.

A personal first, the impressive result encompasses our Hawaiian memories including our time swimming in and surfing at many awe-inspiring ocean swells over the years. More importantly, this garden reflects what happens when you embrace opportunity, commit the time and effort, and trust the process. I cannot wait for the first big rain to wash the rocks and draw out the vibrant colors.

I am in a better place now. With my mind, intentions, and creativity rejuvenated and back on song I am ready to resume my career journey. I highly recommend taking practical pause to rediscover what engages and inspires you. When was the last time you embraced opportunity and followed through? Speaking of, if you happen to find yourself in need of a landscape designer, I happen to know a guy.






Claude Schmidt

Claude Schmidt

Claude has touched audio in the Field and from Headquarters as a Product Expert, Content Marketer, Spokesperson, Radio Producer, Voice Actor, and most recently Marketing Director. He loves to challenge himself, understand the “how” of things, and roll up his sleeves to deliver innovative products and engaging marketing initiatives.

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