Passion Profile – Marvin Cassler


Marvin Cassler


Living simple
U of A
Hot yoga
Live life to fullest
Metal music
Opting outside whenever possible
Section Hiking
Bring true to self





Passion Profile - Marvin Cassler


What makes you 1 of 7 billion?


Well let’s just say I am a 47 year old man child that wants to live life on his own terms and never wants to grow up. To achieve this,  I am true to myself and partake in my passions which majority of society may think are very odd. First off, I live out of a Prius and storage unit so I can save money to attend Arizona Wildcats sporting events dressed up as super fan. Secondly, with money obtained from saving I can purchase needed gear and travel experiences to section hike all the long trails in the U.S. What is also unique about me is I have been a 3rd Grade Teacher for 21 years and still enjoy my job. There are not a lot of male teachers in a female dominated profession.

The community knows of my simplistic living situation and have embraced it. When they ask me why do you live in your car and storage unit I tell them……..less is more and this make me happy.


What barriers have you identified in life that have kept you from following your passions?


Number one barrier that I have recognized that have kept me from my passions was an obvious one. I was diagnosed with Hoskins Lymphoma Cancer in May. As a result, it kept me from hiking the long trails this past summer. Hopefully this is only a small road bump in life and I will be back to do the things I love this summer.
Another challenge that I had in the past was not being able to attend all the Arizona Wildcats sporting events because of finances. As a result, I moved into my car and a storage unit 10 years ago to save money so I could attend one of my favorite passions…….attending U of A sporting events. Bear Down.


What methods have you learned to use to overcome those barriers?


During my chemo treatments even though some days were tough I tried to live a normal life as possible. I worked out when I could, went on mini hikes, still lived in my car & storage unit, and attended Arizona Wildcat football games. I lived life to the fullest even though my health situation was not ideal at the time.


Do you want to share your favorite inspirational quote to help motivate others?


I have a couple inspirational quotes:
1.) Be true to yourself
2.) Less is more
3.) Live simple
4.) Live life to the fullest

My Thoughts on Marvin

I first met Marvin during my CDT thru-hike. I was crossing a snow field a few miles north of Battle Pass in Wyoming. We only spoke for about 5-10 minutes, before going our separate ways. We didn’t meet again until another chance meeting at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City two years later.

Since both of those meetings I have learned a lot about Marvin. His passion for life, hiking, U of A, teaching, and all the other things he’s listed above is unparalleled. You can hear it when he talks. You can see it in pictures when he’s following one of his passions. Last time we met, we sat at a restaurant and talked for 5 hours straight and it felt like 2.

Even throughout his recent fight with cancer, his attitude and outlook were amazing. Marvin is one of those people everyone wants around. He makes you look at life and appreciate it more.

During a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I met a different friends new girlfriend. Within the first 10 minutes of meeting her, she told me about a friend of hers from yoga who followed me on Instagram. That friend was Marvin. Like me, she described Marvin in the most amazing way. She lite up when speaking about him. This is why I choose to spotlight Marvin in my first Passion Profile. It’s his passion that makes Marvin 1 of 7 billion and the rest of us are better for it.

More about Marvin here.

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About the Passion Profiles

Throughout my adventures I’ve meet people who I think truly embrace what it means to be passionate. The subject of their passion isn’t always the same or one I might share but that is what makes them standout. I believe our passions are a big part of what makes us unique.

Each month I will choose an individual who embodies what it means to be passionate or One of Seven Billion. The goal of the Passion Profiles is not to simply highlight these individuals but to share their story and passion(s), in hopes it will motivate others to embrace and follow their own passions.

The Passion Profiles embrace the One of Seven Project’s Core Values and attempt to make a difference in others’s lives by helping to breakdown barriers, while encouraging them to be unique, or One of Seven Billion.

Core Values

Encourage others to truly know themselves and their passions.

Assist others in celebrating their uniqueness by following those passions that make them unique.

Humanize adventure.

Help others be the best version of themselves.

If you know someone who would be a good candidate, please use our Contact form and let us know who they are and how we can reach them. You can also watch my introduction video for the Passion Profiles here. Please share if you feel as I do. Thanks!