My good friend, colleague Dr. Karen Osburn nominated me for a Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is given between bloggers that have less than 200 followers. It’s a nice accolade and acknowledgement from a fellow blogger that you’re doing awesome. All those nominated for a Liebster Award must share five facts about themselves and answer five questions as specified by the person that nominated them (here’s Dr. Karen’s blog). They then must pick five more people to nominate for the Liebster Award, write a blog post about it with a list of five questions they would like answered by those they nominated, let the recipients know on their blogs, and link to them in the post.
Five facts about me
1) I find the hair dryer relaxing.
This is one of those funny things that my wife Rachelle discovered about me and thought was kind of weird: It is, but every time I hear someone blow drying their hair, I feel all warm and fuzzy.
2) I love Nintendo.
I grew up a fan of Nintendo, and forever will I be a fan of Nintendo. Many, many hours were spent (and will still be spent) finding triforces, rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser, and playing Mario Kart. Now that I’m older I realize how genius the company is at creating new, revolutionary designs and inventions for the systems and how amazingly well-written their characters and stories are.
3) I’m an only child.
To me it’s not a big deal, but many people are surprised to learn that I don’t have any brothers or sisters. Don’t feel bad for me: I don’t know any better.
4) I love playing chess.
It’s not called the game of kings for nothing! Chess is by far the absolute best game ever invented: There is no luck, there are no dice, reflexes, or anything else to save you. It’s your mind (and your tactical and positional ability to command your army and out-plan your opponent) versus the person sitting across from you. Winning is ecstasy while losing is having to take complete responsibility because there is nothing (luck, cards, dice, etc) to blame but yourself.
5) I love Starbucks far too much!
On our recent trip to Trois –Riviers, Dr. Jamie and myself drove far too many kilometers and did too many ridiculous things to find a Starbucks to get coffee--poor Dana…lol. When asked about how Trois-Riviers was, I can’t say it better then Dr. Jamie: “It was amazing, we had the best time, the students were great, we felt welcomed and loved, ate great food, but… we could have used a Starbucks”.
Now Dr. Karen’s Questions for me:
1. What one famous person (author, celebrity, athlete, politician, etc.) would you like to spend dinner with and pick their brain? Why?
No brainer on this one – Ayn Rand. Of all the great achievers in the past 200 years, no one has influenced my life and my mind like she did. She has developed a new way of thinking that is completely integrated from start to finish: That’s like inventing a new colour. She has written books that I never tire of: On the contrary when I read her, I feel like I’m coming home. She flew in the face of 4000 years of ethics all by herself with nothing to guide her but her own judgment and mind!
2. How do you plan to leave your mark on the world? What will your legacy be?
I’m not sure if I can totally answer this question yet. The further I go in life my purpose is beginning to become an integrator of ideas. I like helping people connect the dots. Life By Design is an integration of different factors that were seemingly unrelated to most people but we united under a common theme. I love showing people how to do this in their own lives and I love the limited work I’ve had with other businesses helping them chose their mission and purpose and how that will be made real in the world.
3. When was the last time you cried and why?
This one is easy. The last I cried was Tuesday, January 8th @ 8:05pm. Rachelle and myself were driving home from practice and I learned that Jimi Hendrix had a new song on the radio. The best part was I got to hear it…
Time warp back to the first time I had my life changed by hearing Jimi Hendrix… instant tears of joy. I forgot how much better he was then everyone else, and impactful he was on my life. Amazing.
4. What musical genre do you resonate with most?
This is a hard one. To be perfectly honest I don’t have one that I resonate with anymore. There are certain values I love to hear from musicians: mastery, creativity, that they care about what they are creating, pride. If you would have asked me this 10 years ago I would have said rock and metal, but this genre does not appeal to me anymore in the slightest. There are no new ideas and everyone sounds like everyone else.
5. How would people best describe you?
I’m not sure how they would, but I would like to be known as a passionate, intelligent and articulate leader who lives with integrity.
My 5 nominees are:
1) Josh Vanwezel
2) Justine Ward (soon to be Dr.)
3) Cheryl Madliger
4) Dr. Andrea Ryan
5) Bill Deys
My five questions:
1) What two things are preventing you from being your best right now?
2) If you could go back in time five years ago and speak to yourself, what would you tell yourself?
3) If you could travel to visit any period in time, which one would you choose and why?
4) What is the greatest film of all time and why?
5) Coffee or tea?