The second interview for February is our youngest yet, a friend of my brothers that I met last year. Tyler is studying Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, so already a little different than our previous interviews. Tyler's also a little different in that he's one of the most optimistic, honest, and loving people I've ever met, of any age. Since we met he's been an endless source of inspiration and motivation, always excited to hear what we're doing and to share stories of his travels and the people he's met. Tyler's the type of person who's natural energy draws in everyone around him, and brings out the best in them as well. I've seen him become friends with total strangers and connect people you'd think would never get along. I've made art with him while we discussed process, creativity, individuality and the meaning of life. His fascination with life and his curiosity are endless, which is where I think he finds his immense happiness. One time, after I left a pair of shoes outside to dry, he snuck by our apartment and hid some cash inside one of the shoes. Only after he had snuck away, he texted me to check the shoe, with explicit instructions to only use the cash to help promote/market The Early Hours and what we're doing. If that isn't support, I don't know what is. (P.s., there's no more cash hidden around our apartment - please stay away :) ) I don't know where he's headed or what he's going to do next, but I already can't wait to hear about it. Without further ado...Tyler Moehlman:
1. Time is the most valuable resource. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I see time as a currency and each day you’re given the same amount of it to work with. What you choose to spend your time on will show you what you value. The catch for me is that time doesn’t stop. It doesn’t matter if you’re being productive or lazy, doing what you want or what you have to do, time is perpetual and it doesn’t stop for you. When I realized that I really started to focus what I was spending my time on.
2. How DO you spend your time?
I try not to waste it. I don’t have curtains in my room so light pours through my windows in the morning and I’m up with the sun. The first twenty minutes I spend reading then another ten I’m outside with a coffee. I have an awesome backyard (shout Planet Inlow and Bryan, Texas), so I get a nice view as I plan out my day. I reflect on things that I want to get done that day and revisit those things at day’s end. I’m honest with myself on what I did that day and what I didn’t. Right now, not everything gets done every day and I found that time doesn’t stop for you when you decide to take a break or when you have something that comes up that you didn’t expect.
Within the last year and a half, I’ve spent my time traveling. I took a study abroad semester a year ago that forever changed the course of my life. I left home with the intention to find out who I really was and what I wanted to become. I basically wanted to shift my entire way of thinking and focus on becoming the best version of myself. Since then, I’ve traveled to 15 countries over the last 17 months. Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve gone by myself. I know some people back home thought it was weird of me to travel alone, but I didn’t care. Out there I learned to crawl, walk, and run around the globe as I peeped the culture of every place I went to with an open mind. I partied in Thailand, had Christmas in Spain, met some homies cut from my same cloth out in Portugal (shoutout the Love Effect), and got to meet family for first time in Honduras.
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3. Ideally, how WOULD you spend your time, if money were not an issue?
I can’t lie; I live a very blessed life. I thank God every day and a few times over for the places I’ve gone and where I currently am. There are people very dear to me who’ve contributed tremendously to helping me become what I am, my mother above all else. The circumstances I was born into statistically said I was more likely to wind up dead or in jail than go to college, but with a supporting cast that wanted the very best for me, I was able to be put in a position where I could succeed. Some people made sacrifices, others gave me their wisdom, but there has been definite influences that helped create the person I am today. I know some of those people don’t, and won’t ever, have the opportunities and circumstances that I have today. I feel that it’s only right to honor them by being the best version of myself with the circumstances that I have.
Money or not, my time gets spent on shaping who I want to be. Who that is and what that exactly looks like I can’t pinpoint right now, but the feeling of who I really am doesn’t fade. In my travels, as much as I learned about the places I went to, I learned about who I really was and how much I was capable of doing. I think its important for every individual to look at themselves in that lens because they would be surprised with what they can actually accomplish. In my time I’ve noticed a transition within myself that moved from me being influenced by things to me understanding that I have the power to influence. It’s funny, things that people would say to me when I was a child were said by strangers across the globe. I noticed the interconnectedness of things in my life and I noticed that everything happens in perfect timing.
4. How do you plan to get from where you are, to where you want to be?
Over everything, I aim to stay true to myself. At the end of the day you’re 1/1 and nobody is better at doing you than yourself. There’s a beautiful thing in originality that I believe people should explore within themselves, the greatest service I’ve ever done for me was to be my own person.
Personally, I study leaders and people I consider a success to me, from Thomas Jefferson to Tupac Shakur. I look to see what made them different, what made them stand out in their time and amongst their culture. Like I said earlier, no one can do you better than you, so it’s silly for me to say I want to be the next this guy or that guy...you can only learn from these people and use what you learn to improve on the person you are.
5. What is the one biggest time wasting habit or thing you endure in your life? Could you reduce the impact of this if you wanted to spend the time doing something productive instead?
I just wish I had more time, man. I look back at the end of the day and realize that the things that I didn’t get done weren’t because I put it off, it’s because I ran out of time. I don’t want to look back and say that I didn’t get to where I wanted to be because I ran out of time, that’s why I seek to make my days as efficient as possible. If anything I wish I could give up my sleep but I know that’s something I can’t do well without.
6. What one thing do you indulge in that takes significant amounts of time
that others might see as a waste, but you see as a blessing or integral part
of your life?
I’ve got a big network that spans across the globe. Whether I’m talking watches with my homie in Qatar or I’m sharing my thoughts with friends in Portugal, technology has given me the ability to stay connected with people I want close to me every day. I’m always seeing what’s up with my friends. If they cross my mind, I try to hit em up and send them some thoughts if I’m not busy. Some might see that as just staying on your phone and wasting time but I don’t. I’ve got one hell of a team behind me and I like to keep my circle full with positive influences. For me, I’ve got confidence in my team and the things I know we can create. I like to bring out the best in people and use what we are good at for a bigger purpose. If I’ve got a friend who can drum and I know a producer, I’m going to pair them up just because I think one can use the other’s skill. On top of that, I consider both as family and it’s a privilege to watch my family grow and work with each other.