We had the good fortune of connecting with Seth Tanis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Seth, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I have been struggling with that because having a start-up business when working a full time job, it consumes a lot of time on the evenings and weekends. it’s easy to rationalize the job and a steady paycheck, having the weekends open, go skiing instead. For me, this business is one of those ideas that is so engrained in my head and core, I know if I stopped, I’d regret it. I think when you find a project that you are passionate about- so much so that the idea of not doing eats at you, you are compelled to do it, you want to do it– if that ‘s the gut feeling that you have to do it, you get to do it– you can’t ignore it. If that’s your situation, you must keep pushing forward.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was in the ski/bike industry for 10 years, renewable energy for 10 years, I’m still in the electrical trades. The seed bombs was something that I started making for my solar customers and for friends. People were receptive, so I kept running with it and built a website. My goal was to make this my new thing and I want to go big, doing large scale land reclamation projects.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver is a foreign land to me, the concrete jungle. I live in the woods in the foothills. If i’m spending time in Denver usually link up with old friends to hit a local brewery, the Nature and Science Museum or the Botanic Gardens. Live music at Red Rocks makes for a decent evening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Tom Harvey of Earthwood Design has been a big support mechanism for me with committing to the business. We are two peas in the same permaculture pod. He has a small business doing custom woodwork, he knows how this goes and he’s been pushing me, checking in, nudging me forward. Mike Mladjan of Metal Art LLC has been another good influence. Mike is the type of guy that when we get together for breakfast once a month or so, we decide up front that we need to keep it short and we end up talking about life for 6 hours. He’s a boisterous and pragmatic artist who won’t let me stop. I have also been reading business leadership books by Chuck Blakeman, who is based in CO, and Simon Sinek. Both have been illustrative to the core principles that I am building my business around. As I start to take on employees, I want to build a solid foundation from the ground up with the intention of being here for the long term.