The Nerium Core Value that I most identify with is “Pursue Constant Development of Self”. No matter how successful or accomplished one might be, there are always more improvements to be made.
I’m inspired by being curious about life and all that it brings. And here’s a brilliant quote on the subject from Albert Einstein: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately Curious”. We have this in abundance as a child, then we seem to loose it. Maybe growing up isn’t so good after all?
As a child, I had two wishes. Firstly: I wanted to drive a train. Secondly: I wanted to become a missionary priest in Africa. I attempted the second without success. And the first? It’s still a lifelong ambition.
Favorite movie 1: Once Upon a Time In The West. 1968. Why? A stunningly beautifully shot film. Freeze frame it at any point and every single image is glorious. From the steely blue eyes of Henry Fonda to the stunning scenery and beautiful long coats of the actors. I sometimes use this as a tool when teaching a class in the “power of imagery”.
Favorite movie 2: 12 Angry Men. 1957. Why? The power of one juror against 11. The power of believing in oneself that you challenge the other eleven. The power of right over wrong.
A guilty pleasure of mine happens to be strawberries cut in half and laid on a plate sliced side up. Garnish with “fresh ground pepper”. Serve with a chilled glass of Sancerre White Wine. (Or a white wine of your choice). Just utterly delicious, delightful, and delirious.
I love to make Spaghetti Carbonara. Boil up a large pan of water. Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes then the pasta. Keep back some of the water.
Heat some delicious olive oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté with some thinly sliced mushrooms for about 3 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Throw some garlic into the fat and saute for less than 1 minute or so.
Add the spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in bacon fat. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well. No lumps
One of the best gifts I’ve ever received was in 1999, a pair of running socks. Why: If you are a runner the last thing you want is a blistered or nearly blistered red raw foot. A beautiful pair of running socks is the answer.
Personal pet peeves are people who don’t open car doors for ladies, people who don’t pick up trash, people who don’t say thank you.
Places I’ve lived: Scotland. England. Holland. And in five States of the USA. Landing here in Dallas, Texas.
I think people who unwittingly reference our future would be fascinating to have dinner with. To each I would reference the above. From each we could all learn so much if you would all agree to be my dinner guests.
Andy Warhol: “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”. It was like he was predicting Social Media. Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. It was like he was predicting the future of many great companies that we have lost: Max Factor. Pontiac. Woolworths. JFK: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”. It’s like he was predicting the current state of the world. And reminding us how important negotiation is.