photo credit: Jose Mandojana
Sometimes a unique opportunity comes along that reinforces that strong link between a healthy body and a healthy mind. Dan Price symbolizes that synergy as the leader of a high growth financial services technology company and national recognition as an entrepreneur making an impact.
Dan Price founded Gravity Payments from his dorm room in 2004 and today serves over 12,000 clients across the nation with credit card processing services. In 2010 Dan was recognized by President Obama as the Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2014 he was on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine as the Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dan lives his philosophies on his sleeve and doesn't back away from sending a strong message for what is right. His honesty and transparency is infectious. In fact, in April of this year Dan made a bold move to pay all of his employees a minimum salary of $70,000 over the next three years because emotional well-being rises with income (up to approximately $75,000) according to a well regarded Princeton Study. Now that is impressive.
For Dan, being active and healthy fits into leadership in such a core way. Being active is what Dan does when he's not working at Gravity. His hobbies are about getting out and moving, whether hiking, playing soccer or going for a run. Learn more about Dan's approach to physical activity in this week's edition of "How I Move".
Thank you Dan.
What do you do to stay fit?
I love variety, so I’ll do anything to stay fit. I’ll do something as normal as going for a run or a bike ride, or something as crazy as jumping out of a helicopter and snowboarding down thousands of feet in the Alaskan wilderness. I love anything hardcore and extreme that challenges me. A great fitness accomplishment of mine was completing what has been considered “the most dangerous hike in the world” – a 26-mile hike on the Napali Coast of Kauai.
Why is it important to you?
Health has become a huge part of preparing for those crucial moments in life you cannot control or predict. When I am working or living my life, the stakes can feel high. I know I can only do my best when I perform at the top level. When those critical moments finally arrive, if I’ve exercised, ate and slept well, I am ready to step up to the plate and face whatever obstacles or challenges present themselves.
Do you have any fitness goals in your sights?
First and foremost, I want to focus on having fun. I do not have any specific goals I’d like to achieve, other than being able to enjoy the process. I want to push myself as hard as I can every day (or at least every other day) while limiting injuries where I’ll be able to recover within weeks instead of months.
How do you track your workouts? Do you use any apps or devices?
At different times in my fitness journey, I’ve tried some apps and devices. Currently, I am not using anything, but I am a prime candidate if anyone has any recommendations. I think I would enjoy my workouts even more if I did start to use a tracking mechanism. Right now, everything is very spontaneous and fun.
What does Gravity do to promote health and fitness at the Company?
A great program we’ve set up is the “Good Health Challenge”. Every two weeks, our team elects to fill out a survey about healthy choices they’ve made. This includes abstaining from tobacco, drinking eight glasses of water per day, sleeping at least seven hours a night, and putting in at least 140 minutes of exercise. For every good health choice, they receive a bonus in pay for that pay period.
We also offer subsidized health club memberships, a fully stocked kitchen with “better-for-you” snacks and beverages, and a weekly running club. Every Friday, our team, is excused to go on an organized run around the neighborhood for an hour. We find this helps clears minds, increases camaraderie and provides a mental break.
One of the biggest mental health perks we offer is unlimited vacation days. This allows our team to take a break when they need it instead of working long stretches of time to save up for one big trip. We’ve found people come back with a renewed sense of energy and an increase in productivity.
How does your commitment to health help you at your job?
It gives me perspective and clarity amidst pressure and high stakeswhile providing energy and endurance to put in the type of effort I can be proud of.
Any advice you would give people that are trying to be more active?
Just enjoy it and have fun. There is a goal-orientated piece to fitness, but if you can do something you get much joy out of with people you love spending time with, that is a great place to start. Then if you want to commit to a goal, be very clear on what it is, get committed and then start working backward until you figure what steps you are going to take to reach your ideal end result.