About Christopher

Who IS this guy and why should I read his stuff?

I’m a person who has dreams, aspirations, fears, and worries. A person who is trying to figure out how to live his best life possible. I’m succeeding in some ways and falling short in others. But falling short only means I haven’t succeeded in that area yet. Falling short never keeps me from starting over and applying what I’ve learned to get a little further each time. As long as I don’t give up, mistakes and setbacks are not failures, only valuable experiences.

Most of all, I’m a seeker. And one of the things I’m seeking is members of my tribe, readers from all walks of life who believe:

  • You can create a meaningful, fulfilled life if you dream big and work hard to get it.
  • There is value in learning from others’ experiences to smooth your path toward success while minimizing missteps and mistakes.
  • There’s a universal force that guides and assists us if we pay close enough attention and embrace what’s there.
  • True success isn’t necessarily about money and material things. A a rich life is made up of meaningful relationships and experiences.

As for why you should read my stuff…

That’s for you to decide. I don’t have all the answers. No one does. But if you are a seeker like me, then maybe you’ll find value and recognize some of your own journey in these pages. I’ve had multiple successes in several aspects of life and have been derailed, temporarily, in others. This site is about pulling back the curtain to share the good and the bad of what it took to get where I am now, and to share the steps I’m currently taking toward my ultimate destination. My hope is you’ll find something valuable here that helps on the path toward whatever you seek.

So what successes have you had?

Success is relative. It’s up to each individual to decide whether they are successful or not at something he or she attempts. What I’m most proud of is often very different than what people congratulate me on. Read some of my posts and you’ll probably get insight into those private wins. But for this page, I’ll list what seems to get the attention:

  • Owned and grown two multi-million dollar businesses with the first one growing to 70+ employees before selling it, and taking the current one to over 50 employees in less than four years. In my current business as CEO, I’m fortunate to work with great friends whose strengths make up for my many, many weaknesses.
  • Recognized by The Triad Business Journal in 2006 as one of its 40 Leaders under 40.
  • Won two Fast 50 awards from The Triad Business Journal for accelerated growth of my current company, Zenergy Technologies.
  • Recognized as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Varsity lettered as a collegiate diver on the East Carolina University swim team
  • Thad Stem scholarship recipient for the arts
  • US Navy veteran. Awarded outstanding recruit in bootcamp and class honorman at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare School with the highest GPA in the institution’s history. Up and Comer Award for the USS Peterson.
  • Have written for numerous magazines including feature articles
  • Developed and currently teach a popular creative writing class
  • Speaker and keynote presenter
  • Lifelong fitness advocate with stints as group exercise instructor for Les Mills BODYPUMP and RPM
  • Winner of the Freedom Award from American Heroes for North Carolina. Check out the video.

What happened to Lessons from the Cockpit: Everyday Wisdom to Help Your Spirit Soar?

Lessons from the Cockpit posts have been rolled into this site and you can read all of them here. Over time, I felt limited in what I could write under the flying theme and eventually found myself posting less. There is much more I want to share so I created this site where I could go beyond flying-related posts and cover topics like business, fitness, writing and more.

What else should I know about you?

I live in Greensboro, North Carolina with my two younger boys. The oldest of the three boys lives in PA where he works for the Villanova Football program. Fitness is a big part of my life as is writing and growing my company. I have my private pilot license so I like to fly whenever I can, although that doesn’t happen nearly enough as most of my energy goes toward my boys, writing and the business.

Christopher Laney
New York Times bestselling author, John Hart, and me after taking him flying over his farmstead in Charlottesville, VA. John is a stand-up guy and great friend. Do yourself a favor and check out all six of his bestselling books including my favorites, The Last Child and Down River.
Christopher Laney doing low squats with barbell
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