The beginnings of this slogan, or motto, stem from introspection into how I am wired - a product that the pursuit of professional golf gave me. Through striving to be my best on the golf course, I started to learn what being my best in life entailed as well.
I love learning, and part of learning is the act of simplifying - taking big concepts into smaller, bite-size portions that are more easily digestible. Being able to talk at the depth of a graduate-level discourse, as well as being able to explain that same concept to a third-grader, is a prime-indicator of mastery.
In light of this, I am always seeking out the simplest formula or equation for getting to where I am going. In golf, this looked like being ruthlessly committed to the systems and processes that proved to be most effective in producing my best performance. As I have now transitioned out of golf into a new professional career, this looks like leaning into my natural and developed strengths of connecting, collaborating, and inspiring. But beyond golf and other career-endeavors, I am a child of God - a follower of Jesus Christ.
By devoting my life to serving Jesus, I am striving, daily, towards conforming into the likeness of His image - the perfect, sinless, Savior of the world. This isn’t easy, and oftentimes I am taking two steps forward followed by three steps back. The Bible is a book filled with truth - the Truth - so much so, we can dedicate our entire lives to studying it and never reach the fullness of its depths.
(This has a point, I promise.)
With the chaotic nature of life, we need reminders that ground us in, and return us to, our purpose - the reason for why we do what we do. As a Christian, I look for ways to remind myself of my greater purpose in life, as I often become distracted by the tasks of each day. In the past few years, the verse that has solidified as my anchor and anthem is Romans 11:36:
This is the heart behind Thane Marcus, and it is the root of Connecting, Collaborating, and Inspiring others with the work I pursue. The visuals that have been created serve the purpose of depicting both the earthly and the eternal heartbeat behind what I do - and it serves as the reminder I need, to bring me back to my “why” with all that I do.