We had the good fortune of connecting with Sage Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sage, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The amount of risk I am willing to accept is in direct correlation to my age. As a child we were willing to do many “stupid” things because there was little consequence. As I get older and the responsibilities add up my appetite for risk has slowly decreased. That is not to say I don’t push my limits and do things other folks might think is “crazy”, but there is a lot more calculation behind it now. As a mountain biker and trail runner we are conditioned to make these calculated decisions all the time. The more we prepare and practice the less risky an obstacle or venture becomes. But you still have to take that leap.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started working as a graphic designer in my father’s multimedia company in 1999. We have experienced a roller coaster of success and failures over the last 20 plus years. As the demands change and technology progresses, we were forced to adapt and learn new skills. But times have been tough lately and it is a struggle to stay ahead of the game. I am at a point now where I am starting a new chapter in my life. I want to explore different avenues that I can express my creativity and utilize my strengths. I have started a YouTube channel this year “TrailSage” and have enjoyed getting back to the things I am passionate about. Creating and producing videos has reinvigorated my senses and brought me some new energy.
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.
That is a difficult question to answer because all of my friends have different interests. And I realize the header says “Favorite spots in the city” but for me, I would escape the city. I would take them to the Catskill Mountains in NY and show them all the beauty nature has to offer. We would stay in a tent, hike up Mt Tremper and go tubing in the Esopus.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother and father have always pushed me to never settle, and always work hard. Of course none of this would be possible without my best friend and wife, who supports and encourages me everyday to “live my dreams”. And lastly, my two boys Jack and Oliver, who have brought some perspective to my life and showed me, sometimes its the little things that matter most.