My name is Seth Adam Smith. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in the American West. My travels have taken me all over the world—from the Arizona desert to the Siberian wilderness—only to lead me back home, to marry Kim, the girl of my dreams.
I’m currently on a “literal” odyssey to publish three books (two fiction and one non-fiction). Publishing a book is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was ten, so this is a pretty big deal! I’m constantly amazed by the power of words and the ability they have to shape our souls.
As part of that, I love being able to tell stories through video. Since 2004, I’ve produced hundreds of videos and articles for businesses (Arbinger, Kristan Cole Real Estate, Berrett-Koehler Publishers), non-profits (ANASAZI Foundation, Forever Young Foundation, The More Good Foundation), artists (Angela Johnson, Liz Lemon Swindle, Jon McNaughton, Howard Lyon), and political causes. The combined views on my videos alone recently passed 18 million.
I’m a Mormon and have a great interest in religious history and symbolism. Please do not misconstrue my interest in these things (and frequent postings on these subjects) as some type of zealotry or an attempt to appear pious. It’s a hobby of mine. I’m probably the most deeply flawed and imperfect Mormon and I’ve often used my faith as a way to help me cope with my struggles. Spirituality is the way in which I best understand the world—it’s the way my mind makes sense of life.
I’m also the Editor-in-Chief of ForwardWalking.com, a website dedicated to helping people move forward in life. Throughout my life, I have struggled depression, culminating in a suicide attempt in 2006. Since working as a TrailWalker at the ANASAZI Foundation, I have come to know the healing power of walking “the path of WE,” that is, reaching out to others. Truly, walking “the path of WE” is what saved my life—and what has made life worth living.
With that in mind, my focus in all these various projects is to promote good causes. Winston Churchill said it best when he said: “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?…I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.” Winston S. Churchill (Dundee, Scotland, on 10 October 1908)