Redefining The Cowboy and Activist, Adam Page Style

The second part of my Learning from an Anxious Millennial Cowboy episode about Adam “Hangman” Page of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and how I have found him to be a highly relatable inspiration for my own life and an example for the new frontiers of activism. He is a very strong yet emotionally vulnerable and relatable individual whose story shows how to claim one’s potential. His intelligence is paired with an uncanny ability to have fun conversations around serious political issues, a skill every activist can learn from. He redefines what a cowboy is from just overt strength and an aesthetic to “leaving your frontier better than you found it.” He shows how success and cowboy strength along with self-development doesn’t have to lead to being separated from the realities of society and working to change them. He even masters the art of discussing unions with your co-workers.

I also get into his funny and inspiring “Full Gear” fitness challenge and how Page sums up my problems in this area just too well.


“Monologue” – Being the Elite

“Lawn Mower” – Being The Elite

What I call the best 2-minute tutorial on having discussions on unionizing with coworkers (and frankly other forms of activism) starts at 16:47 in this video.

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His Cowboy Quote that I believe Redefines The Cowboy:

”cowboy shit ain’t about boots and buckles, guns and spurs. it’s about leaving your own frontier better than you found it.”

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Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter, and the Business of Activism and Politics

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has come under fire for purchasing a $1.4 million dollar home in Los Angeles among other real estate investments. The organization has also been criticized for not directly assisting Black people adequately, including the families of victims of police brutality. As a former organization board member who has a degree in Political Science, I explain how political and activism professionals should be held to the standards of equally successful businesspeople and also be able to gain the rewards of their success. Political leaders deserve to be paid fairly as long as they do their work ethically, since the work can be life-changing for people and communities, and this is critical for new talent to consider the field. Here, there is no apparent financial fraud or misappropriation, hence the real estate is not an professional ethics issue. The organization needs to emerge into a level of professionalism beyond its grassroots origins while establishing good governance practices in line with its values. I explain some challenges with crisis communications relating to fundraising and nonprofit structuring that make meeting community demands more difficult and throw around some ideas on how to solve this.

Find out first when the next episode is released!