QUICK FIRE ROUND – AN EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW

AN EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE.
 
Here were my responses when asked for quick answers to the following questions after a lengthy interview in July 2014.
 
What is your favourite colour?
Lime green.
 
What is your favourite food?
Green leaf salad with basic olive oil vinaigrette.
 
What is your favourite dessert?
Fruit salad.
 
What is your favourite drink?
Water.
 
What is your favourite location?
The top of a mountain.
 
What is your favourite book?
The dictionary.
 
What is your favourite music?
My heartbeat.
 
What gets you excited?
Silence.
 
What is your most valued possession?
My brain.
 
What are you most grateful for?
My sanity.
 
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
I am a realist.
 
What do you value most in life?
Humanity.
 
What is the principle for which you have the highest regard?
Morality.
 
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My character.
 
How would you describe your childhood?
Terrible.
 
How would you describe your teenage years?
Bearable.
 
How would you describe your twenties?
Dead.
 
How would you describe your thirties?
Sacrificial.
 
How would you describe your self?
Happy.
 
If you could give only one advice what would that be?
My greatest advice is with respect to children, for it is children that become adults, and adults who govern society, not just in public office, but generally in every type of job. I will break your rule and add four more pieces of advice which I think is also worth noting.
 
1. My primary advice is to have children when you are ready, to love your children, and to bring your children up properly.
 
2. My second advice is that one should not judge until one reviews all the evidence. Upon the evidence, accept objective reality no matter how personally difficult this may be.
 
3. Treat every human being with their full human and civil rights irrespective of whether or not you agree with their views or lifestyle.
 
4. Put your self and your own family first. This is not selfishness, this is self preservation and the optimizing of your self which will lead to you being of greater benefit to others and society at large. Do not sacrifice yourself in a way that compromises your goals/aspirations, mental, physical, financial health etc. Nobody is worth the loss of your life, the loss of your sanity, the loss of your goals, the loss of your relationships with people who genuinely love you. So, iIn doing good, give only the type of aid you can afford to give.
 
5. Lastly, if you are in a relationship of any context with a good person, do your utmost to retain it. Good people are hard to find. Do not abuse good people or one day you will lose them, either in person or in their hearts.
 
What do you want to be your legacy?
Acceptance of reality, equality of humanity, adherence to morality, a practice of compassion and a life lived in gratitude and joy.
 
 

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By the author of the comedy autobiography "Mum Knows Best" Veena Nankani - Life Coach, Nutritionist, Motivational Speaker, Writer, Poet, Professional Reviewer and Entrepreneur. www.veenanankani.com
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