I’ve always been curious about what things do and how they work — a general interest in learning. And as I’ve grown older, I thankfully have a greater freedom in my ability to experience different things.
But here’s the fun part — as I experience more different things, I’m developing a greater understanding of how all things are connected.
From business to fitness to the creative arts, the framework for how to develop and succeed is shockingly similar. But it takes time, experience and attention to connect these dots — to develop wisdom.
I’m Martin Rittenberry and Creative Liftstyle is my virtual workbench to examine and break apart my own experiences, and those of others. I want to untangle what works from what doesn’t, and uncover what could be done differently. Through my personal journey to put pounds on my deadlift, become a better cook, and make the businesses I manage profitable, writing helps me connect the dots and —hopefully — become wiser.
It’s not all about me, though; I know I can’t do it alone. My love of reading (and general introversion) means I take on writers, living and dead, as temporary mentors. Inspired by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, I’ll also share my CliffNotes of various fiction and non-fiction works that I find interesting and insightful.
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To your learning,
Time For Gratitude
This site wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for some incredible people in my life. People I can surround myself with both in real life or in an online format.
Better Questions (and a living wage)
In early 2013 I stumbled on The Movement Minneapolis seeking a refuge to get stronger, and I never left. Now charged with marketing and coaching responsibilities for the gym, I also work behind the scenes for both David Dellanave’s and Jen Sinkler’s online businesses. You can read a bit more about our short story here.
In addition to Dave’s and Jen’s guidance, I’m eternally grateful for all that I’ve learned from Mark Schneider. Through late nights of random philosophical questions and ramblings, Mark patiently helped me find my way. Like a great coach and mentor will do, he’s never spoon-fed me the answer, but rather, guided me on the path to better questions, to find my own answers.
I’ll never be able to repay these three for their time afforded and opportunities given, and they wouldn’t expect it. The best I can say is “thank you” and do the same when presented the opportunity.
Writing doesn’t come easy to me: My thoughts are chaotic and I was never formally trained. Without Maggie Fazeli Fard’s patience and expertise, this blog would be an endless mire of grammatical mistakes and undirected thoughts. Simply put, it wouldn’t be effective.
Better Blog Content
You will no doubt see the works of my biggest, distant, influencers throughout the site, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least share their names and links initially: Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Tim Ferris, Dan Carlin, and Krista Tippett. I can only hope you enjoy their works as much as I do.
The Movement Minneapolis is the full package. People connected with the gym are supporting my living wage, thought process, writing, and, lastly, the site’s photography. Jason Albus and Erica Hanna have pulled off the impossible and made me look good on camera. Beyond my mug, they’re also responsible for other photos around the site — credit will be given thusly.