How the Song ‘Just Breathe’ Saved Andy Wirth from Death


Andy Wirth counts himself lucky to have survived in the skydiving accident. The weather on that fateful day was windy and this situation made him confused about the expected landing area. When he opened his chute, he missed the landing spot and landed in a vineyard that had steel posts and wires that caused trauma to his right hand.
After spending 24 years at Steamboat Resort, Wirth left in 2010 to become the chief executive officer and president of Squaw Valley USA.He has resumed his duties after a 50 day stay in hospital. Andy Wirth confessed that he zeroed in on Eddie Vedders song ‘Just Breathe’ as he was trying to stop the bleeding on his injured arm. He wrote a letter to the rock star describing how the song helped him through his ordeal and added that he hoped he would meet Eddie soon. The fall caused him to dislocate his elbow and the tissue was torn off his arm socket.
Andy relied on his earlier service at the North Routt Fire Protection District ambulance crew until help came. In addition to that, he controlled his emotions by focusing on the song. Andy first heard the song during the credit roll on a documentary film that featured his friend Buck Brannaman, the horse whisperer. Since hearing the song, he learned to play it on guitar and it became his and his wife’s Karen favorite song.
Andy said that the song came to him immediately because subconsciously he assumed he would be alone for a while given the shock and injuries that he had sustained from the accident. The first lines filled him with intense sadness and as the song progressed, the sadness turned to intense joy. He felt at peace and claims that had he died he would have done so in peace.
The whole experience has deepened the relationship between him and his wife Karen who never left his side after his rescue. It has also helped Andy spend more time with his children who are in Colorado. He admits that he loves sky diving but after the pain he put his family through, it is highly unlikely that he will go back to sky diving.
Andy Wirth was made the president of Squaw Valley ski resort in 2010. He made immense upgrade at the resort, thus boosting its ratings among the populace. In 2011, he ensured the acquisition of Alpine Meadows with the view to boosting the revenue base of the institution. Recently, Wirth was appointed in the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board as its chairperson.

Merging Business and Spirituality: Joseph Bismark


In a business world where only the best thrive, Joseph Bismark has carved himself as one of the most influential leaders through his concept of merging spirituality and the business world. Bismark has consistently advocated for business strategies that are adopted to include the capacity to make the life of other people better and to have meaning. Perhaps this can be best illustrated in how he handles those who have had the honor to work under him and alongside him. He has endeared himself to everyone through his unique state and guidance. This has seen him achieve a number of notable contributions in the business world and earned him the reputation of one of a kind that achieves success in a manner that is distinguished.
Having left the comforts of his home at the young age of nine, Joseph began a journey that would teach him the values of spirituality in the Philippine mountains. He spent a significant amount of time at this point in building up his spiritual world. On entering the spiritual world, Bismark started applying the skills and the experience that he had learned in the mountains at ashram. On assuming the position and title of Managing Director at the QI Group of companies, he has managed to transform the group into one of the most profitable and admirable brands in the business and corporate world. This has been largely attributed to the spirituality and sense of integrity that he brings in the business.
However, the most illuminating feature of Joseph Bismark’s merging of spirituality and business is the way he has managed to handle success. He has remained humble through the entire journey and has instead embarked on a mission to ensure that the teachings are imparted on other members. Joseph understands and appreciates the strong value of growing with other people and has embraced a strategy that welcomes the ideas and opinions of others in to the running of the business for the greater good. All this is managed with the primary objective of ensuring that inclusive growth is achieved and all this with the right and proper strategies.
His basic and simple lifestyle has seen his taste the highest echelons of success while still maintain his humble demeanor and the values that he learned while maintain the virtues that he harbored. As a forward thinker, he has always treated the employees of the group with a deep sense of respect and at the same time encourages them to grow through a sense of brotherhood. Further to this, Bismark has consistently held the belief that one of the most important features in life is to be spiritual and to maintain the basic virtues of life.

Joseph Bismark’s Visionary Philosophy

Joseph Bismark, a Filipino native is the Co-Founder of the QI Group team and is currently the Group Managing Director since 2008. His diverse skills and an extensive background in marketing/business development, innovation and corporate affairs have made the multimillion dollar conglomerate reached international status with representatives and offices worldwide.

He is an exemplary leader of QI and his superior service has been a driving force of the company’s success. When he was 9 years old, Bismark left a comfortable home life to become a monk, he later left the monastery at age 17 and has been sharing his wisdom with society ever since. He helps to change lives and society and embraces his philosophical beliefs. His skills range from bonsai to martial arts to instructing yoga.

He’s a forward thinker with a positive attitude towards life and self-growth. He has become a source of inspiration to millions around the world. His actions and views constantly reflect his early life experiences and show us that success is not measured solely by material achievements but also by spiritual awakening, inner peace and meaningful selfless service. Joseph Bismark continues to influence the masses around him through his blogs “Gems on Wisdom”, and has changed the lives of millions.

He leads a simple life with devotion and quite content with what he’s accomplished. He has a positive attitude towards life and self-growth and continues to selflessly commit to educate society about the value of achieving inner peace and self-growth.

Under a stressful and competitive environment, little attention is given to everyday living virtues like spirituality, peace of mind, harmonious working relationship and a feeling of brotherhood. For this reason, Bismark greatly believes spirituality and business are all intertwined. Joseph Bismark philosophy is to stay humble and grounded, no matter how powerful you are. This path is what he says “shaped” him. He has learned that money goes and comes. Spirituality is the only thing which will last.

What the business world lacks is spirituality. The idea is to connect with something greater then yourself. As people, we are taught to believe you need to sell your soul to make it in the corporate world. It doesn’t have to be this way.
“What may appear an obstacle for many is an opportunity for a leader” sums up his visionary business philosophy.