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Aubrey de Grey Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I guess at this point I would say that it is that I’ve led the successfull crusade to create a genuine industry driving the charge towards the defeat of aging. “Why” is easy: the emergence of that industry has already greatly accelerated the development of therapies that will save astronomical numbers of lives. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? Honestly I can’t. I have had an immensely privileged life in terms of setbacks – I have had basically none. Even my mother’s decline and death was far less stressful than it is for most people: for example, she never had a trace of dementia. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? I don’t exactly set time aside – I take it spontaneously,

Tharanga Goonetilleke Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? When I look back in my life, what I really feel is that, as a child growing up in Sri Lanka, people would ask what you want to be when you grow older, hoping that your answer would be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, I would say doctor because that’s what was expected.  However, deep inside, I always knew that I was some kind of an artist. So, when I think about my greatest accomplishment, I grew out of what was expected of me to be true to myself. I had a list in my mind about what I really wanted to accomplish —it was so complex because I wanted to be a musician and an artist, and I also knew that I wanted to be a writer and a mother. So out of these four things, three things have happened to me, and that just fills me with joy. I am working on the 4th, perhaps I will eventually have

Ted Rubin Q & A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment, bar none, is remaining in my daughter’s lives and doing everything I can to be an influence. My daughters are 21 and 23 now; I will never, ever give up on being a part of their lives I truly didn’t understand what life, the world, or anything meant until I had children and discovered how deeply I loved them from the moment I held them in my arms. The universe profoundly changed and I viewed everything in a different light. And that goes double if you have girls. Although I face all of the usual challenges of being a divorced dad, I’ve always been there for them and will never, ever give up on being a part of their lives. Their mother is/was the custodial parent and therefore primary caregiver. I wanted more involvement, but wasn’t able to make that happen. My worst moment as a parent came four years after my divorce when I found myself

Ben Anderson Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Honestly, it’s easy to feel like you’ve barely made a dent, in terms of actually helping the people you cover. If anything, I’d say I’m proudest of the fact that I’ve provided a fairly large documentary record of how badly we have left things in Afghanistan, and what a failure that intervention has been. Given the footage I’ve collected there, I think any argument against that is impossible. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I’ve recently had to face the psychological cost of all this- and I was resistant for years, comparing myself to the many others I’ve some into contact with and who have it far worse than me. But it’s been, and continues to be, a real learning experience, and it’s amazing that I was so closed off top it for so

Kevin Kelly Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I have so many things that I’m happy about in my life. My kids give me great joy.  That gives me great satisfaction. My first book that I wrote, I had no idea what I was doing I had never written a book before, I had never written very much at all.  I was going through it, it was written 25 years ago and I am tweeting the entire book, meaning for every page I am taking one tweet.  It’s a huge book, 240,000 words, so I’ve been re-reading it, and it really does stand up, it still works, there’s almost nothing that’s dated.  So I am feeling good that that is in the world and it has a huge influence, particularly in China.  I think I’m proudest of that even though it’s flawed in many ways. It’s called Out of Control, it talks about the internet before the internet came. There’s a whole chapter on crypto-currency, e-money, it’s about the

Kevin Stone Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment is being a servant to all, to live life in a way that inspires and helps those to better themselves.  I want to continue helping individuals push beyond their preconceived limits in life and helping others to achieve more than they initially thought possible.  Life is a journey and mine is not over, I think that the greatest accomplishments are still yet to come. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I have failed in almost every conceivable way.  I have lost everything, (my family, home, car, career, friends, etc.) but I learned humility and I was humbled by these failures.  It was a turning point in my career as well as my outlook on life.  Before I lost everything, I was focused on my career and what I considered to be

Theo Fennel Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My family, would be the greatest accomplishment and one sadly underrated nowadays when people seem so motivated by money and ‘success’ which is such an illusory thing and never quite achieved. My wife and daughters and their partners all have their own full lives, doing the interesting things they do brilliantly with a great deal of humour and decency. We are all very engaged in life and have, between us, a huge range of interests and passions, some serious and some extremely puerile. We still spend a lot of time together and, without that, nothing else would mean very much. I suppose having kept a workshop and studio together for forty-odd years is the other thing that gives great joy. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? I think, every creative who finds themselves working

Renee Horton Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? For me, my greatest accomplishment are my children and greating a legacy for my future generations. I wanted to break the cycle of teen pregnancy, I was a mother at 18 and with my kids my first grandson was born when his father was 25.  Not becoming a parent early has allowed them to focus on finding their passion and growing into the adults they need to be to leave an impact on the world. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? My current philosophy is to not allow setbacks or obstacles to emotionally affect me for more than 18 hours.  I don’t take it to bed and I don’t allow myself to be affected by it the next day. My greatest setback was the discovery of my hearing disability, it changed the trajectory of

Kristen Ulmer Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Figuring out the causes of anxiety and other emotional health issues. It truly has been a mystery for folks, and after 33 years dissecting it through real word experience and research with tens of thousands of client, I have come to some pretty astounding conclusions. Even better: once you know what’s causing people to feel anxiety (or other emotional health issues) then you can finally sort out the solutions. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? In order to be “fearless” as an athlete, I started suffering from injuries, PTSD and Burnout from my ski career. How I dealt with it is I quit my athletic career to figure out what was happening, which was that I repressed/ignored fear in order to ski the way I wanted. The impact that information had on me is

Robert Siciliano Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My business revolves around security awareness which is the process of changing peoples behavior in their responses to threats perpetrated by predators and thieves.  What I do is help people take personal responsibility to protect their family, lives, privacy, data and possessions. Greatest accomplishment is preventing harm in people’s lives. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? As early as the ag of 12 I was a victim of a multiple attack situation. This singular event woke me up to the existence of predators. Shortly afterwards I met a young woman who confided her sexual assault victimization to me which had a profound effect on my life. In my early 20’s my small business was hacked. These significant life changing events shaped my view of the world. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR,