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Mitra Shahri Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Changing the way law is practiced. I’ve made it more relaxed, less formal. I speak in plain language and my clients understand what I’m talking about. They accept my counsel and have more trust in me and the law. Also, I make them smile and even laugh as often as I can. They’re going through an oftentimes brutal process and I try to relieve their stress. I can be infectious that way. 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? At Wichita State University, I enrolled in a medical technology program. The head of the program, Linda, I’ll never forget her, told me the following: “I’ve never had a foreigner succeed in my program. You don’t even speak English and you’re stealing a seat from another student. You’ll never make it, unless you cheat.” I felt

Tom Szaky Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Aside from my family, starting a company from nothing and steering it through different business models—organic fertilizer made from worms, an entire product made from garbage, eliminating waste through recycling solutions and new consumption platforms—has been the greatest accomplishment, and continuing journey, of my life. 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 was born in Hungary while it was still a communist country. After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, my family and I emigrated to Germany, then Holland then Canada as refugees. There were difficult moments, but we were fortunate. My thirst for learning lead me to entrepreneurship, which I was always fascinated by, as business is perhaps the most powerful force to change the world. The rest is history; I started my life as a Hungarian refugee and today am the CEO of a

Auntie Anne Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Building and maintaining a company that has lasted 30 years and still going strong would be in the eyes of most people a great accomplishment. I do agree that it is one of my greatest accomplishments and also one of my greatest surprises because I never expected to do more than one store. On a personal level, our business Auntie Anne’s, the company, grew me up emotionally, financially, spiritually and developed the character that I had always strived for. My greatest accomplishment was overcoming myself and my limitations. My limitations were over the roof when I started as I had no self confidence or self esteem and that is what Auntie Anne’s the company and God helped me accomplish. With a lot of discipline, prayer and help from professional counselors I was able to overcome the many obstacles I faced on a daily basis. I truly believe my greatest accomplishment is not Auntie Anne’s, the business, but Auntie Anne

Felicity Aston 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’m equally proud of every expedition I have created and completed successfully. Each project has its own unique set of challenges, both for the team taking part and for me personally. I’d like to think that my greatest accomplishment is to have changed the perspective of individuals – particularly in terms of gender equality. 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? Every project I’ve created has been done so from scratch – and it hasn’t got any easier with time and credibility; it’s still just as difficult to make projects happen and to find funding as it was when I was starting out. The positive result of this is that I never take anything forgranted. It is important to me that my expeditions are carried out with integrity and that due credit is given to

Sean Bandawat Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? A standout moment was the first month Bromwell turned a profit – 26 months after I started.  I’ll never forget looking at the P&L and seeing a profit! 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 had many – but one in particular was getting admitted to college.  I had to apply 5 times to become admitted to their business school (twice to get admitted to the university, and three times for the business school).  Graduating was a very special day for me because of how hard I worked to get in – and get through. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? All the time – rather than scheduling once-per-year “vacation time” (which I still like to do), I incorporate “me time”

Tony Blauer Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Thats a tough one. The classic, eternal answer is of course my family. My children.  I love them more than they know. If we’re talking external then thats easy. It’s the holistic personal defense system I created. I abhor violence and I hate the feeling of fear. When I think of people being scared it really has a visceral affect on me.  It’s why study this so much and am continually researching and teaching. When I was twenty years old a successful businessman in my home town of Montreal asked me what I wanted to do in life.  I paused and looked him in the eye and said “I want to make the world safer.” And thats all Ive thought about for 4 decades. 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? There have been many

Conor Heffernan Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Some years ago I had the opportunity to compete in a natural bodybuilding show. With the zealousness of a convert I spent a little over a year training hard, watching what I ate with a near obcessive capacity and preparing myself for the show. The result? It was an unmitigated failure. Despite my hard work I came in rank last, well behind my fellow competitors. This year I took to the stage again, and although I didn’t rank in the top three, I stepped onstage in far better condition than I could ever have imagined. For me, it was a great feeling of accomplishment and one that I’ll hopefully best in some future show. 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 grew up with lousy hearing and a speech impediement. Combine that with a

Stephen Wiltshire 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 achievement would be drawing the Empire State Building, being invited by the owner himself and getting a VIP tour of the building and it’s history. The Empire State Building is my favourite of all iconic buildings. 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 always look forward and don’t look behind. I believe in making myself better in everything I do. I have had many hurdles come my way but I believe in my abilities and continue to be positive in all that I do. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? I love music, dancing and doing my research on any new developments that may be happening in and around London. I do a lot of sketches and just like

Dru Riess Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? It depends what you define as success. I have built a business. I have made a lot of money. I have racked up a ton of accolades, but is that overall success or moments toward overall success. Through outsiders eyes I am a success, but I don’t feel that way. People like to put labels on things and I guess by social ruling I have a successful life. From my perspective I am in the middle of the war and have not won anything yet. For me at 35 years old I have to look at the glass half empty rather than half full. I have to stay aggressive and hungry. At 35 I may be leading the race by miles when compared to my peers, but the second I turn around to look over my shoulder and get content with my lead is when others will surpass what I am doing. I’m a competitor and unfortunately I don’t

Howard Bloom Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? Mastering a writing style that makes even the most complex issues clear, conversational, and hopefully delicious.  And piecing together a little project called The Grand Unified Theory of Everything In the Universe Including Sex, Violence and the Human Soul.  That’s the theory about which Pavel Kurakin of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow says, “Bloom has created a new Scientific Paradigm.  He explains in vast and compelling terms why we should forget all we know in complicated modern math and should start from the very beginning. … Even if we put aside all of the implications of Bloom’s approach for physics, all of the implications of Bloom’s approach for society, and look only at the implications for biology, Bloom has created a new approach to Darwinism. … Bloom’s Grand Unified Theory… opens a window into entire SYSTEMS we don’t yet know and/or SEE, new, untrivial collectives that DO EXIST and evolve