Hello, I'm Nick

Hello, I’m Nick.

I was born in Colorado and raised in California and when I was 16 my life imploded when my dad was sentenced to 20 years in prison and I involuntarily exchanged my upper-middle-class life and assumed the identity of an Angel Tree kid.

A baseball scholarship brought me to my bride and a job brought us to Texas, and being a successful entrepreneur brought me wealth and power and the realization that the story we tell the world is often not half as endearing as the one that is inside of us.

I’ve spent the first part of my life gathering stuff*; now my passion is walking with leaders on the longest journey of their lives, the 18 inches between their hearts and their minds, by sharing the truths that allow us to become fully integrated spouses, parents, friends, and executives.

*Normally I hate the word “stuff” because it is feckless, but I fervently gathered without discretion, falsely believing more was better, so in this situation it is appropriate.


My Life Story



Townsend Leadership Program


a few things I have learned so far:

Identity is crucial; how we treat, see, assume and feel about others is the closest reflection for how we view ourselves*

Vulnerability is power; the story we tell the world isn’t half as endearing as the one that lives inside us**

Business is never less than profits, but it should be so much more

Love is presence; we mostly just want someone who takes the time to listen, ask questions and listen a little longer

Celebrating a funding round is analogous to celebrating additional school loans

When you don’t know what to do, tell the truth

Good rap music is one of the most beautiful art forms in the world

If you want contentment, set a number (preferably when young) for the wealth you want, then give everything above that away; it doesn’t matter if the number is $1MM, $10MM, $100MM or $1B. Failure to do this will lead to dissatisfaction regardless of your success.

*Miles Adcox **Donald Miller


”We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

C.S. Lewis