My Inspiration

Hi there! I’m Ross Brown.

I’m a blogger, podcaster, & entrepreneur who pursues happiness by advancing depoliticized liberty in American culture. I love to document and explore fundamental ideas related to liberty.

But what is liberty? And what evidence suggests that liberty actually works in 21st Century America?

I witness liberty’s awesome power in action everyday by observing the world through the lenses of economics, civics, and personal initiative. I choose the first two lenses because I acknowledge that economic liberty and civil liberty are two sides of the same coin; you don’t possess liberty in any real sense with one but not the other. I include the third lens because merely possessing liberty is meaningless. Liberty’s power is only meaningful when it is combined with personal initiative.  Liberty opens the door of opportunity, but only you can walk through it.

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I recognize that exercising liberty to pursue happiness is no easy task. Fear, failures, and setbacks in the course of your journey are inevitable. But I also recognize that it’s the challenges of your journey which ultimately give your happiness its authenticity.

I understand that we can all simultaneously possess liberty. And I know that it’s our cultural understanding and embracing of the idea of liberty which provides you – and your neighbors alike – with the opportunities to live out your life passions.

The evidence is clear: Ordinary people come alive in extraordinary ways when they exercise liberty to “do their thing,” because living out life passions and pursuing happiness go hand-in-hand.

I am Living The Pursuit. Are you? I invite you to join Pursuit Nation. It’s free to join, and I’ll even send you a free copy of my new eBook just for signing up!

My Content

Living The Pursuit’s Blog

I blog about the nature and power of liberty through the lenses of economics, civics, and personal initiative. I work to keep my posts short and digestible. I’m not a PhD economist, nor am I a lawyer, nor am I a politician – I’m just a regular guy who sees beauty in liberty all around me.

I love starting conversations, so I hope you’ll chime in with your thoughts in each post’s comments section. The last thing I want to do is talk at you. I want to talk with you! You don’t have to agree with everything I say. In fact, I hope you’ll disagree with me sometimes. Because if two people agree with each other 100% of the time, one of them isn’t thinking for themselves. So please – throw your two cents in the mix! Just make sure to follow my comments policy when you do.

At this point in my life, my goal is to write one new post per week. So that’s what you can expect from me. But I’m a big fan of guest posts, so send me your stuff if there’s something you want to say to Pursuit Nation!

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The Do Your Thing Podcast

I host a weekly podcast in which I explore the power of individual liberty by interviewing someone who is “doing their thing” in life. When I say above that the evidence of liberty’s awesome power is clear, I mean it. I provide that evidence firsthand to Pursuit Nation each and every week on The Do Your Thing Podcast.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been drawn to people who are exercising individual liberty to live out their life passions – whatever those passions might be. Maybe it’s business. Or art. Or fixing up old cars. Or wine. Or acupuncture. Or whatever! Whatever makes a person come alive inside, I love to hear their stories in light of individual liberty. I invite you to subscribe to the show in iTunes or Stitcher for free today!

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My Basic Bio

RossFamily1I’m a happy, optimistic person. If you’re looking for doom and gloom, you’ll need to find a different website.

I graduated from Luther College in 2007 with majors in Economics and Business Management. Following graduation, I started working for my father at his small manufacturing business in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where I now serve as Vice President in charge of daily operations at the company. Working with family presents unique challenges sometimes, but I love it. (Of course, Living The Pursuit is my independent venture. The ideas and products here are my own, in no way connected to my father’s company. That’s probably obvious, but good to specify.)

I’ve been married to my wife Katy – my high school sweetheart – since 2008. We’re blessed with two young boys and a big yellow lab at home. Sometimes life is a little crazy with two little kids, but we wouldn’t change a thing. This parenting thing is a blast!

I try everyday to live out my faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. Sometimes I feel like I succeed. My faith is fundamentally important to who I am, so you’ll see me mention here sometimes – but LTP isn’t an evangelical venture. So you’re most welcome to hang out here no matter what your religious beliefs are.

I spent 4+ years of my mid-twenties leading a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization as a volunteer, during which time I worked to advance the cause of personal liberty and fiscal sanity. The organization did some good work. We even got featured in The Washington Post. But I quickly discovered that the world of politics is a dirty, disgusting place – a place where principles can be tossed aside whenever “politics” deems it necessary. As a result, I came to the realization that America’s problems will never be solved by politicians – liberal, conservative, or anywhere in between – but rather by you and me. That realization is a big reason why I started LTP.

Outside of work and LTP, I enjoy spending time with my family, charcoal grilling, downhill skiing, double IPAs, fine scotch, going to church, jogging, Texas Holdem, fishing, reading, and watching the Green Bay Packers dominate the NFL.

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to connecting with you!