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Pallone Q&A

YOU HAVE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE.  WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? I have been very fortunate in my life to have two incredible professions. When I was growing up, all I ever wanted was to be a part of our national pastime, Major League Baseball. Then, at the age of nineteen, my dream came true, and for the next 20 years, I lived out my dream. This experience, not only was fulfilling, but also catapulted me into my next profession, which was to become a nationally known speaker. The thousands of people I met along the way, from high school students to the CEOs of major corporations, made the journey one that had  a profound impact on my life, and brought me peace within as well. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH.  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A SETBACK OR TRAGEDY YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED, HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT, AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON YOU? All of us, no matter who we are, have setbacks in

Crash 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 getting a patent on The Cellular Influence Device, because it has the potential to modify human 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? All of my setbacks have been due to my own doing. I have now learned to consider more deeply my actions. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? Nope.  Nothing. WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT? Inside the deprivation chamber. DOES PHILANTHROPY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE, TO WHAT EXTENT AND HOW? I feel as if I make a strong effort to contribute my resources towards all people, refraining from judgment as much as possible. WHO IS ON THE GUEST LIST FOR YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY, PRESENT OR

Paul Tasner 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 a large, happy relatively well-adjusted family, and to the extent that I am responsible for any of that, that brings me a lot more joy than a big sale to Google or something like that. 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 professional life has had many more setbacks than my personal life, some of which threw me for a loop at the time. Early in my professional life, I made the mistake, although I did not think it was a mistake at the time, of going to work with a family member of mine, someone who I had really admired enormously.  In fact, idolized may not have been too strong of a word.  Sadly, it turned out that getting a closer look at him and the way he carried himself, his

Mindi Abair 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 feel like my greatest accomplishment is creating a lasting career for myself doing something I love.  It was my dream when I was younger to write, play, record and perform my own music with my own band.  That seemed llike a longshot at the time.  I don’t take what I do for granted for one minute of any day.  It’s amazing to stand on stage with the guys in my band every night and soak it all in. 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 decided to go to college for music and went to audition at University of Miami, which was a few hours from where I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL.  I walked in so excited, but was met with “Girls don’t really make it at this school.  I’ll let

Michele Rigby Assad 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 living life in a way that inspires others. I recognize that this is a very general, nonspecific response, but this is what I long to do-be a force for good in the world. That’s what gets me out of bed every day! 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? Life can be really hard. We often have no control over the bad things that happen, but we can control how we respond to them. I always envisioned having children and that is something that has never happened for us. Either I can focus on what I DON’T have or focus on all the amazing things that I DO have. I can focus on all of the rejection (jobs or difficulty getting a book deal), or realize that rejection gets us where we

Pamela Meyer 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 am not sure I have one great accomplishment, but I feel enormously grateful every single day of my life for my family and dear friends, and for the privilege of being able to make a living reinforcing the message that truth matters, and that every single person can play a role in raising the moral bar in our world, DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? A super deep sports massage after a long hard workout, a stack of books and magazines with a seriously good glass of wine, a moment at home when no one is around with my favorite music blaring. WHAT’S THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHERE YOU CAN GO TO CHILL OUT?  Big Sur, the woods across from our home, top of the ski slope on a perfect powder spring morning, my 11 yr old daughter’s ever-growing imaginary animal hospital. CAN

Mark Chaupetta 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 would be my children hands down. After that it would be convincing Janice my wife to marry me with all I have in my life and being so accepting of it. 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? This one is easy it’s having Duchenne DMD in my life as a young man with young children. It destroyed me and my marriage to their mom but thanks to a great pal Frank and his friendship and my family I decided to not cry about it but to be resilient and attack it pull force. It’s been over 20 years now I’ve been fighting. DO YOU SET ASIDE “ME-TIME” IN YOUR CALENDAR, AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME TO RELAX? Me time yes 4 am when the world is sleeping

Richard Turner 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 karate 10 black belt fights. My karate instructor was Master John Murphy. Murphy took me from a scrawny, 110-pound, asthma-ridden (at that time only a) legally blind wimp, to a Master sixth-degree black belt. Sensei Murphy wanted his testing to be the most difficult in the world. To earn a black belt under this crazy man Murphy, you had to fight a ten, three-minute round bout with a fresh black belt each round.  Sensei Murphy did not want to deal with lawsuits. So most of the training and testing took place across the border in Tijuana. One year at the Tijuana Forum, I was one of three people who backed the great Chuck Norris in a showdown against a group calling themselves, “The Black Federation. I was by far the weakest fighter and hoped the confrontation did not escalate.  Fortunately for me after one stern look from the master Chuck Norris, the Federation back down and left. When I first

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