Learning to ski powder is harder than it looks. It involves tangled crashes, snow-caked goggles, and plenty of frustration. And mastering powder requires loads of patience and repetition. Sometimes, it may even require rethinking your approach to getting what you want. I got a crash course in powder skiing when I joined the Mammoth Mountain ski patrol in 2006. What I did not expect was that lessons I learned on the mountain would help me navigate even bigger challenges in life, like surviving my PhD and deciding what comes next. Take a listen to this episode of the Dirtbag Diaries if you want to hear my story.