on a literal odyssey
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 two of my books. (Publishing a book is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid, 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 the Editor-in-Chief of ForwardWalking.com, a website dedicated to helping people move forward in life. For a long time, I struggled with addiction and 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, loving and serving 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)
And now you can watch this funny video (that I made).