- Written by Jeff Summers Jeff Summers
If there were one word that would sum up my personality, it would be challenge. I am continuously searching for new challenges to master. In 1988, I was at a restless state in my life and in need of something new to challenge my mind and body. One day a friend and I decided we should try scuba diving. I had never thought of scuba or going under water before but I had to admit it did sound like a challenge.
Since the second rule of scuba is to dive with a buddy, I felt Trina should also try diving. At first she was reluctant but after much begging and a lot of salesmanship, I did get her to agree. We took classses through Scuba World in Idaho Falls, Idaho and did our certification dives at Red Fish Lake in central Idaho. The diving was great with visibility of 60-80 feet. The lake is fed by glacier so the water was extremely cold.
Poor Trina nearly froze because they could not find a wet suit that fit her well. I thought she would never dive again after that. I knew her problem was one of equipment so I bought her a custom fitted wet suit. That made all the difference in the world and once she had that she loved diving. She continued her diving education and certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. I too continued my education and am currently rated as a Rescue Diver.
I have logged over 200 dives and have had the opportunity to dive with National Geographic in Yellowstone Lake, dive in the kelp beds off the coast of Catalina Island in California, dive with sharks off the coast of Mexico and dive the north shore of Hawaii's Oahu island. While most of these are very exotic locations, I have most enjoyed the company of close friends on local fresh water dives.
There is nothing quite like a full tank of air and a buddy to relax a person and put things in perspective. If you would like to talk about diving, or are interested in hearing about my underwater escapades, please contact me . When life calms down a little I would like to return to the classroom and complete my Divemaster certification and possibly become a certified instructor with PADI.
One tenet of my life I have always adhered to is that my career will never define who I am. Despite that philosophy, I cannot help but realize that what I have accomplished professionally consistently comes up in conversations. Whether I am attempting to explain to my family what I do for a living or deep in a technical conversation with a colleague; I am constantly bringing up something from my professional background.
I received some very wise advice very early in my career. I was told never to chase the money or the prestige but rather focus on finding opportunities that would give me personal growth and make a difference. If I focused on the latter, the other would follow.
This advice has served me well and given me an opportunity to look at my career and my accomplishments in a different light. The professional path I have taken is not traditional but then neither am I. It has been a journey filled with adventure and ups and downs. Through it all I've learned a lot and I hope I have made a difference.
If you are interested in my career please check out the Professional section for details.
Is our personality a product of our genetic code or is it something learned through the various life experiences we have had? Reality is probably somewhere in the middle of these two theories.
Each of us are placed on this earth and given a set of raw materials. Who we become depends on how we utilize the materials we are given. For some identifying and utilizing these materials seems easy while for others we are left wondering whether we were given anything to work with at all. It is during those times that we often gain the most perspective. Like chemists we are free to try new things and bring new combinations together. In some cases it can be explosive (sorry mom, you were right, a chemistry set was a bad gift idea) where at other times it opens new avenues up to us.
The key is to find a mix that will allow us to grow and realize the potential we were given. Our personalities and who we are are simply brief snapshots of time that we show to the world our work in progress. Sometimes that work in progress becomes a masterpiece while others it opens us up to difficult change. In either case we are better as a result of the experience.
I’m constantly trying to understand who I am. If you would like a glimpse into my personal life and the journey I am currently following, a good first step would be looking over the Personal section of this web site.
I tend to collect interests and hobbies like other kids collected baseball cards. I am constantly intrigued by something new. Trina cringes nearly every time I utter, “You know what would be cool…” usually followed by a grand scheme to try something completely different. This may be a result of my perpetual curiosity or possibly my desire to seek out the unknown.
We live in the golden age of innovation. It seems as though no product or thought stays stagnant for very long. For many this can be confusion or frustrating since just as we learn or use a product it is outdated and something new comes along. I look at it differently, the world can be a challenging place and for us to succeed we need to adapt.
Flexibility and the ability for us to morph our thoughts and usage gives us the greatest opportunity to be successful so instead of fearing change we need to embrace it. That doesn't mean changing for the sake of change but adapting and always looking for new use cases for how we can take advantage of what we are given. For me that means continually modifying my interests and hobbies to see how they can be utilized to allow me to take advantage of the opportunities I see.
You’ll find a list of my current hobbies in the Interests & Hobbies section.
Life is filled with precious moments. Sometimes they are simple like the sparkle in the eye of a child and at other times those moments overwhelm us. As I have gotten older I have learned to look for those moments and cherish them. I try to capture each one and carefully place them in my heart. They are there for me to recount and relive whenever I need them
Memories can come in various shapes and sizes. Some of my most vivid memories are associated with images and pictures. In an effort to reminisce and relive some of these I have created a scrapbook of some of the more fascinating images and memories. Some of these are a result of my photography while others may be from another expression of my artistic side. If you would like to view these I invite you to look through My Digital Scrapbook.