Q: What TV show or movie always makes you laugh?
A: As a student of comedy, I love Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee where each guest dissects their craft and speaks openly about career struggles they’ve experienced along the way.
Q: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
A: “What took you so long?”
Q: Turn on?
A: Humility. Individuals who achieve greatness, but who remain humble, kind and real. Having the ability to laugh at yourself makes you human. Act like you’ve been there before.
Q: What favorite quote from history that sums up your philosophy of life?
A: “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” I am constantly fine-tuning, but at some point, I have to just accept it is “pencils-down” and go with it. You need to place faith in the final product time affords you.
Q: Do you have a secret to your success?
A: I am not one to ever stop, reflect and believe that I am successful. There seems to be so much more to do and accomplish. I once was part of a small audience with former Harvard Business School professor David Maister. And something he said has always stuck with me: “I often feel that my career has been one of ‘stumbling upwards. There are no guarantees in life, and determination is only an essential ingredient, not a sufficient one.” I have patterned my career after this quote. Just keep going. Keep reaching. Keeping trying things you may fail at, but keep going. I like to think that I continue to stumble upwards.