A Note From Brendan Morrison

Submitted by Brian on January 4th, 2010 at 2:47 PM

So Brendan Morrison and some friends are starting up a website that's particularly relevant right now since most of you are probably carrying a bunch of resolutions ("stop fumbling," "go to bowl game," "stop making everyone very sad indeed") around this January. They'd like MGoBlog readers to be pilot members of the site and politely asked for a little time. Here it is:



I have a good friend who graduated from UM with me in 1997. He had been climbing the corporate ladder since then but at some point decided he’d had enough. He started a project to improve the areas of his life that he saw going haywire – not having the time or energy to stay fit, or to contribute anything meaningful in his work life, to the community or the environment. Essentially he wanted to find balance and increase his effort in these areas.

Since he's also kind of a tracking freak he started working on a way to quantify progress in all these areas and that's what the website is. He's working on the assumption that there are people in a similar position who'd be interested in benefiting from the tracking tools on the website. He also sees the “empowurment” you get from recording and measuring your effort as a way of tackling a lot of the bigger problems America faces – getting in shape, helping the planet, and just finding more of a work/life balance in general.

Net, the goal of the website is to make the world a better place, but in an entirely non-commercial (it's free), non L. Ron Hubbard kind of way. My take is that it's like crossfit for your entire life, not just the physical fitness part of it.

I’ve been following the project since the beginning and have been a test user for a while now. I believe in the concept and wanted to do something to help. We’ve gotten to a point where the site needs more e-pinions and thought it would be cool to tap the mgoblog community for input.

As far as what kind of test users he’s looking for (his words):

  • Those looking to increase their effort levels.

  • Those wanting to “get better” and/or find more balance in their lives.

  • Those searching for more happiness and less emo.

  • People who aren't about smugness.

  • Tracking types who enjoy tracking things.

  • 18+ only.

Anyway, the site is sure to have plenty of bugs, issues and functional flaws which should be good target fodder for the more critical segment of the mgo readership – all the better. The website can be found at www.empowur.com.

- Brendan Morrison


Less emo sounds excellent. Empowur is the site.



January 4th, 2010 at 3:25 PM ^

January 4th 2010,

Today I read MGoBlog and Brendan Morrison tried to make me a better person. I finally have motivation to go to the gym.

Man it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.


January 4th, 2010 at 3:39 PM ^

Not only might be Brendan be the best hockey player ever at U-M, he might be one of the best people. Saw him be a NC game hero and Hobey Baker winner, and no one could have done it with more class. May be my favorite Michigan athlete, ever.

Let's get Empowur'd!

Bobby Digital

January 4th, 2010 at 5:30 PM ^

Greetings, friends. Do you wish to look as happy as me? Well, you've got the power inside you right now! So use it and send one dollar to Happy Dude, 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. Don't delay. Eternal happiness is just a dollar away!


January 4th, 2010 at 7:30 PM ^

I signed up with high expectations and was disillusioned by the health section. I am 11 days into quitting the cancer sticks and would love another outlet for support. Plus I am a bit on the heavy side and would have liked to see something involving diet/nutrition to go along with exercise. I realize this is a work in progress and I hope such additions are made soon.

I did send an email to the site to this effect.

Six Zero

January 5th, 2010 at 7:56 AM ^

I have a #9 maize UM sweater in his honor.

Then, an ex-G/F decided to surprise me one year by getting me a new Orca-canucks sweater adorned with his name and number. She even did her research and got his #9... and of course he ended up wearing #7. But at least she tried.

So BM, stay awhile, and become one of the regulars. And if you ever need some good ol' graphic design services, all you have to do is ask.