Ross Ruffing

writer | entrepreneur | motivator

Nature Yourself - present state of mind

"It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."
-Tony Robbins

Your state of being is often a reaction to your surroundings. However, changing that idea into something slightly more controllable may be beneficial to all ...

Nature Yourself - Yosemite

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
-John Muir

A slice of heaven nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park was the beginning of conservation efforts that have spread around the w...

Nature Yourself - get grounded

"You learn a lot when you're barefoot. The first thing is every step you take is different."
-Michael Franti

The feet are the foundation of your body and the earth supports that foundation. Getting grounded has been obvious to hippies for years but has gained tracti...

Industrial H**p: Think Green in 2015

Industrial H**p is gaining popularity, let's keep the momentum and make this incredible plant legal. Check out this article of mine published by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and think green in 2015! Industrial H**p Stands to Protect the Environment and Reinvigorate Entire Industries.

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Human beings were designed to spend time outside, playing. It helps us learn better and be healthier. #nature In this Vermont kindergarten, every Monday is "Forest Monday" a day that gets students out of the classroom and into nature.

Patagonia - Continuing to Innovate for a Better World

What brands do you support and why? Here is an article the describes 5 reasons I buy from Patagonia. A brand that helped change the relationship between apparel and the environment is innovating in spaces you may not be aware of.The famed outdoor brand and pioneer in social responsibility has been making headlines for years. Named after the awe-inspiring region of the southern Andes, Patagonia's m…

Nature Yourself - leadership

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
-Ralph Nader

Leadership is one of those elusive qualities that we reserve for the highest positions any group of people. However, the true mark of a good leaders is to in...

Nature Yourself - dance

"Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness."
-Mason Cooley

Taking the time to enjoy the beauty of life is something we all need to do more of. Life will surely give you trials so enjoy the good times when you can. Da...

Nature Yourself - the seasons

"Time will pass and seasons will come and go."
~Roy Bean

In the seasons we experience different expressions of Nature. Her winter, harsh & summer, long though spring shines bright & autumn, bronzed - each season be...

Built up by Books - Farmacology

“What I stand for is what I stand on.”
~Wendell Berry

What can farming teach us about our health? In this book, Dr. Daphne Miller sprung out on a mission to investigate why farm-raised children experienced less ...

Nature Yourself - with morels

"A grand adventure is about to begin."
~Winnie the Pooh

"A grand adventure is about to begin." ~Winnie the Pooh Ah the morel mushroom, a true gift from Mother Nature. If you're unfamiliar, the Morchella (genus of ...

Nature Yourself - happy Earth day

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
~Wendell Berry

Every day is Earth day. In this talk I wish the world a happy day and encourage listeners to get out and do something to benefit your world. However, it's im...

Nature Yourself - eat local, drink local, buy local

“Shake the hand that feeds you.”
~Michael Pollan

The local food movement has gained major traction in the last few years - and for good reason. Food grown close to you tends to give you benefits that far ou...

Nature Yourself - walk in the rain

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet."
~Roger Miller

Rain is restorative, embrace it! In this episode I talk about the importance of embracing the rain and using it to find balance in your own life. As you get ...

Nature Yourself - accountability

"Accountability breeds response-ability."
~Stephen Covey

In this episode we'll take a walk around the infant stages of my edible landscapes. Afterwards, stick around for a short discussion about accountability and ...

Nature Yourself - goin boatin

"The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are."
~Lynn Noel

In this episode I enjoy a nice float on a Sunday afternoon while discussing the dilemma between wanting to encourage others to get outside while wishing to e...

Nature Yourself - squash pit

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~Margaret Atwood

Squash - one of the easiest things to grow but can be widely detrimental to your garden if planted in the wrong spot. Be sure to separate it from your other ...

Nature Yourself - back to nature

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
~William Shakespeare

Welcome back, thanks for keeping up with my work. In this episode I refocus the priorities and get back to nature. It's easy to get distracted by everyday li...

Rachel Carson led the way

Think global, act local. - Pittsburgh's way of leading the world to a sustainable future. Chatham University Carnegie Mellon University University of Pittsburgh Sota Construction Pittsburgh may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think about sustainable living but you may want to take another look. If you read my previous article you will remember just how far Pittsburgh has come. In many respects it has made more progress in the environmental movement than an…

Nature Yourself - what will you contribute?

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes."
~Peter Drucker

In this episode I discuss Peter Drucker's book "Managing Oneself" in order to determine ways to change your life to better yourself and your effectiveness.

What about da 'burgh?

Do you love Pittsburgh? I sure do and was inspired to write up a quick article this morning - hope you enjoy! University of Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon University Duquesne University The Steel City has long been touted as an urban center on the up and up - but just how far has it come?Pittsburgh started off great. From its earliest days as a western-frontier city it was well protected by hill-acious terrain forked by three major rivers. Today you can still visit the remnants of…

Speech Resume for CMU - ross ruffing

Speech of intention for the Executive Speech Writer position. Hopefully this finds the right person at Carnegie Mellon University!

Part of my application for employment as the Executive Speech Writer for Carnegie Mellon University

Nature Yourself - Carnegie's two envelopes

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
~John F. Kennedy

Finding a purpose and taking sovereignty over your thoughts is an important part of reaching your end goals. In this episode I discuss the famous two envelop...

Nature Yourself - adding value

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
~Albert Einstein

Adding value is a key component to finding success in life. When evaluating yourself, ask yourself what value you bring to a certain situation. Bring value t...

Nature Yourself - success

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
~Abraham Lincoln

Success - it's an elusive term. Once we've achieved what we originally set out to do we've already created more goals for ourselves. Take the time to evaluat...

Nature Yourself - messy message

“Make your mess your message.”
~Robin Roberts

What's your message? Evaluate your life and find your 'mess' then make it your message. In this episode I discuss my message "to inspire people to live a lif...

Nature Yourself - motivation

"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
~Andrew Carnegie

In this episode I talk about motivation, where does yours come from? If you feel like your motivation is lacking then maybe it's time to re-evaluate it's roots.

Nature Yourself - results

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."
~Willie Nelson

In this episode I take a look at the seeds I started a few weeks ago and evaluate how they're coming along as I discuss the importance of obtaining results a...

Nature Yourself - first things first

"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
~Stephen Covey

What better time to begin focusing on your priorities than first thing in the morning? In this episode I talk about the importance of doing the first things ...

Nature Yourself - what's your mission?

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
~Henry David Thoreau

A personal mission statement is one of the most profoundly important tools you can have to shape the way you live your life. Mine is 'to inspire others to li...

Nature Yourself - observe, then interact

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
~Marilyn vos Savant

In this episode I talk about the first principle of permaculture which is Observe and Interact. Observation is essential to making wise decisions. Have enoug...

Nature Yourself - patience is the finest virtue

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting."
~Joyce Meyer

In this episode I discuss the importance of patience. I think we can all agree that it is essential to living a good life. Without it we cannot expect to get...

Nature Yourself - it's a numbers game

"Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver."
~Ayn Rand

It's as true for sales as it is for anything else, numbers never lie. The most important numbers in your life will often deal with money. Take your time to u...

Nature Yourself - 5 people

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
~ Phil Collins

Hopefully you are fortunate enough to have many positive mentors in your family. I personally look up to my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, c...

Nature Yourself - in transition

"Lost time is never found again."
~ Benjamin Franklin

In this episode I talk about the transition. We all lose time transitioning from one task to another or one place to another. What can you do to utilize the ...

Nature Yourself - work hard with the end in mind

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

~ Stephen R. Covey

Taking lessons from Stephen R. Covey to work with the end in mind. Join me as I reflect on a life well lived and another who inspires me to work harder.

Go Green, Go H**p!

An article of mine was published on Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine's website a while back. Keep an eye out for a follow-up in print - updating you on the current state of h**p and the future benefits of this amazing plant that is well on its way to nationwide legalization. If you're wanting to go green this year, think about supporting the h**p movement. BRO contributor Ross Ruffing gives us the details on the benefits of h**p

Nature Yourself - be brave

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."
~Leonardo da Vinci

In this episode I'd like to challenge you to be brave. Bravery is an important aspect of reaching your goals. All of us will face adversity in life and it wi...

Nature Yourself - Action, Reaction

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." ~Thomas Jefferson

Nature Yourself - fear is in the eye of the beholder

Fear. We all have it but it doesn't have to rule us.
In this video I go through ten of my biggest fears and talk through them. I would encourage you to write out your fears and express them here in the comments below. Once your fears are out there you'll be surprised at how liberating it is - especially when you recognize how many you cannot change along with what small steps you can take to change the things you can.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
~Serenity Prayer

Going over 10 major fears I have - hoping to help you verbalize your fears and recognize that which you can change and what you cannot.

Nature Yourself - early to rise

Alright this one is really important to me. There's something special about watching the sun come up and that's the main reason I get up early. What I've found also is that it is a great time of day for productivity. Moreso it sets the pace for your day and each day builds into what becomes your entire life.
Are you showing up late to your own life?

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” ~Richard Whately day 3

Nature Yourself - day 2 - crafting your priorities

Knowing your priorities and acting on them will help you to make small changes in your daily life, leading you closer to your end goals. Goals and priorities should be as complimentary as possible.
Feel free to comment and express what your priorities are and how you intend to use them to reach your goals in life.
"Action expresses priorities."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Being a good father, husband, son, brother (cousins are an extension of siblings), and friend.

Nature Yourself - day one

Starting a daily project over on YouTube to help motivate others to make small changes in life with their big-picture end goals in mind. Take a look and feel free to voice what your 'end goal' is!
"He who has a why to live can bear most any how." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Living the good life by learning from nature, one day at a time.

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