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Updated: October 3, 2022 / 2022 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Cooking on rainy days to recharge

Photo / Tim Greenway Nate Wildes wants to make friends on every continent.
Nate Wildes, 32

Executive director, Live + Work in Maine, Founder, Flight Deck Brewing

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Significant professional accomplishment: Finding balance. It’s taken a bit of luck, a bit of work, and some great mentors along the way. But I genuinely feel as though my “work” isn’t work. It’s what I’ve chosen to dedicate time to, because it brings fulfillment and impact to our community. When challenging moments arise, as they do every day, coming from a place of dedication rather than obligation has helped me learn how to be a more thoughtful and balanced leader. Instead of work/life balance, it’s just ... balance. Work is a part of life, and in life most of us must work, but that doesn’t mean they need to be in conflict with one another. At least, that’s what I work on trying to achieve most days (after my first cup of coffee).

Passion project: I can honestly say that my roles at Live + Work Maine and Flight Deck allow for a genuine expression of passion every day. From working to improve local food access to reforming childcare business models, my day-to-day is filled with topics and missions that I’d volunteer my time for anyway. (Shh, don’t tell my bosses).

Audacious goal: I want to make and maintain friendships on all seven continents.

Favorite quote: “Do, or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

Influential book: “Freakonomics,” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. It showed me that to be effective, it takes a deep understanding of your options and a fearlessness of change.

Favorite TV shows: “Only Murders in the Building,” “Maine Cabin Masters”

How do you recharge: I love cooking on a rainy day or hiking and snowshoeing with the dogs and my wife, Jamie.

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