What was the hardest obstacle you’ve had? How did you overcome it?
My greatest obstacle was when I crashed my car into a tree when I was 17. Three of my friends were in my car, on our way to a city meeting to represent our high school. I lost control of my car and the result was devastating. I walked away from the accident unhurt, but my friends weren’t so lucky. Everyone was ultimately okay, but it took time for them to heal physically and for me mentally. I made the biggest mistake of my life that day and had to deal with the repercussions. It was tough trying to bounce back after that, but as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. If it weren’t for the support of my family and friends in combination with time, I would never have been able to overcome that brutal mistake I made.
What do you love about bar tending? What’s the best part?
The best part about bar tending for me is being the guy who gets to talk to everyone at the party. Getting people their drinks makes me feel like I am getting to know them. I love it when people hang around the bar and shoot the shit with me. I’ve had some of the most interesting conversations with people who I never would have met if I wasn’t the one cracking their beer or pouring their cocktails.
One quality you dislike in people and one quality that you truly appreciate.
One quality I truly dislike in people is selfishness. I’m not saying I’m never selfish; I think there’s a time and place for everyone to be selfish. But people who live and breathe for themselves irk me to the most extreme extent.
Genuineness is the ultimate quality I appreciate in a person. People who are genuine just strike me in the best way possible. I love meeting people who are who they are. They don’t try to act a certain way or say different things, they’re themselves. Genuine people are what give our world color and make it exciting.
Do you consider Social Media a Boon or a Bane? If so, why?
Social media can be a little bit of both to me.
It is a boon in regards to being able to keep in touch with people I don’t always get to see or talk to, and also for keeping up with the news. I’m not a big social media guy personally, but I love using Twitter to get news updates and to find out about cool things I can do or use daily. I find a lot of tips and ideas that I would never know about if it weren’t for Twitter.
On the flip side of the coin, I think social media can be a major bane. I find it is consuming our society. It seems to me that most people are living their lives physically and electronically now a days. Sometimes it’s great, but other times it’s the complete opposite. Growing up while social media was developing, I realized how consuming it is. I know tons of people that spend most of their days on their phones communicating through all sorts of apps. I think it takes away from personal connections. Social media has become a huge part of our culture and it’s at the point where it’s “cool” to record everything you do and share it online. What happened to living in the moment? It’s crazy how many things are being captured and I think it’s causing a huge lack of privacy. Social media creates a gateway to contact thousands and thousands of people through the simple touch of a button, and sometimes this much of public contact is not for the best.
If you opened your own business, what type of company would it be and why?
If I could open my own business it would be a social enterprise. The world’s poor is the biggest untapped resource and market. I would love to own a business that employed poor people or created a product or provided a service that could be marketed and sold to poverty stricken individuals. There would be nothing better to me than to own a successful business that also helps poor people get out of poverty and make their way into a happier lifestyle.
I am going to be starting a social project this fall in hopes to educate the public on homelessness and rehabilitate homeless people to the point where they can become contributing members of society.
Be on the lookout for ‘Spare Words, The Homeless Project!