#AxcientLife Spotlight – David Bennett
We’re kicking off a new blog series called the #AxcientLife Spotlight. In this ongoing series we’ll highlight Axcient employees, their hobbies outside of work, and a couple fun facts! Our first person in the #AxcientLife spotlight is CEO David Bennett.
How long have you worked at Axcient and what is your favorite thing about your role here?
August 4th marked my 5 months at Axcient.
I think it’s impossible to say one thing, but the opportunity to change an industry is huge. And when you change an industry you change employees career trajectory.
What makes you feel empowered?
I feel naturally empowered and truly believe that nothing is impossible. If you bring the energy and effort to everything you do nothing is impossible. You don’t have to be awesome at everything to be empowered.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
First off, I’m just as busy in my private life as I am in my work life. I have a personal mandate that when it’s the weekend, it’s supposed to be the weekend. That rule goes for me and everyone else in the company. For people that say they work weekends, I regularly tell them that they shouldn’t do that. We have to utilize the time that we have, because in your private life tragedy can happen and you can’t get that time back with your friend and family.
- I wake up between 4-430 every morning. Normally without an alarm clock. Including weekends.
- I watch pretty much no TV.
- Never went to college.
- I'm a fully trained butcher.
- Taught myself how to work on, design, and build cars/motorcycles.
- Lived in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Istanbul, Orange County CA, and now Denver.
What are some of your hobbies or favorite things to do outside of work?
- Spending time with my wife and kids.
- Building and racing cars and motorcycles.
- I like to cook from scratch (I can make an Indian curry from scratch).
What are three things you can't live without?
1. My wife.
2. A fast gas-powered fast vehicle or bike.
Who is your inspiration in life and business?
It’s changed over the years… My wife was a single parent, at 16, with twins, held a full-time job, and just dealing with that and getting through it is awe-inspiring.It’s really the multitude of people I’ve worked with over the last 30 years. It’s no one single person, but the experiences and things you learn from these people. That has really helped me get to where I am today. Finally, setting strong personal and financial boundaries and being willing to do what is necessary to get there.