What’s my story?

chris rakowskiCurrent City: MilwaukeeBarcelonaChicago, Sydney, Los Angeles
Personal Motto: Forever alive, forever forward.
Professional:  Helping drive innovation within the enterprise at Appirio, a global consultancy with strategic partnerships with salesforce.com, Google, Workday and Cornerstone OnDemand

I hold the following 5 salesforce.com certifications: Administrator, Advanced Administrator, Sales Cloud Consultant, Service Cloud Consultant and Developer. View my LinkedIn profile

I Am

* left-handed  * classic ENTP (Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) * highly curious * an experience junky * right brain orientated * adaptable and comfortable w/ change & uncertainty  * hopeful, optimistic, and future-orientated * relentlessly resourceful * playful & social * highly independent * a risk-taker * confident, yet humble * constructively impatient * optimistic, yet realistic * just a little bit weird * A work in progress…

I Seek

* novel, intense & authentic experiences * all things creative (art, design) * challenging work * knowledge and competence * strong relationships with friends & family * continual growth & development > growth through chaos & “progressive overload” * play, exploration & variety * meaning through service (others, society) * simplicity

I tend to gravitate toward tech & creative types, especially those with an entrepreneurial drive.


personal developmentstoic philosophypsychology, readingmusic, travel/adventure, photography, street art, modern art, industrial design & technology.

Favorite Books

Stop Stealing Dreams, The Power of Now, Velvet Rage, Ghost Man, The War of Art, Tales of the City, On the Road, The Bell Jar, The War of Art, Running with Scissors, Meditations, The Alchemist, Vagabonding,  Eat Pray Love, , Amusing Ourselves to Death, Fooled by Randomness, Many Miles to Go, A Very Public Offering, Zorba the Greek, Never Eat Alone, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, 4-hour Workweek, My Misspent Youth, How To Win Friends And Influence People, Personal Development for Smart People, The Power of Now, Cat’s Cradle & Career Renegade

Favorite Music

Architecture in Helsinki, Van She, Goldfrapp, Chromeo, Skeaky Sound System, Guster, Postal Service, Snow Patrol, Mae, DMB, The Shins, New Pornographers, Ben Folds, Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cuttie, Gufs, Radiohead, South, U2, Cure, The Decemberists, Hot Chip, Yelle, Counting Crows, Ladyhawke, MGMT, Longwave, Cut Copy, O.A.R, LCD Sound System, Scissor Sisters, Shiny Toy Guns, Young Love, Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, Jack Johnson, Tunng

Favorite Quotes

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Travel Log

Outside U.S. Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Frasier Island, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Urulu, Whitsunday Islands), Hong Kong, Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Sitges, Malaga, Granada, Ibiza), England (London), Czech Republic (Prague), France (Paris), Portugal (Lisbon), Belgium (Brussels, Leuven, Antwerp), Ireland (Dublin), Netherlands (Rodderdam & Amsterdam), New Zealand (Auckland, Queenstown), Germany (Berlin, Cologne), Switzerland (Zurich), Italy (Milan & Rome), Vatican City, Greece (Santorini & Athens), Turkey (Istanbul), Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket), Vietnam (HCMC, Hoi An, Hanoi).

Within the U.S. Illinois (Chicago), Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Washington D.C, New York City, California (San Diego, L.A, San Francisco), Florida (Orlando, Fort Myers, Miami), Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Madison), Tennessee (Pigeon forge, Gatlinburg)