I was recently interviewed by a local magazine about my work as a bounty-hunting journalist, writer, and author. This is what I told them:
Hometown, residence, and family details
Carrollton, Georgia—now living in Provo, Utah. Married my soulmate. Father of five growing children.
What makes you fabulous?
I’m good at writing sentences for a living and keeping people interested about trending topics and explaining why the world works the way it does. I’ve also managed to find offline nirvana after lots of trial and error in my 20s.
Who is your favorite superhero and why?
Batman. He doesn’t technically have superpowers but that didn’t stop him from saving the world, standing up to villains, and inventing lots of wonderful toys to beat the competition.
What are your strengths?
Asking lots of questions, persistence, taking an interest in people, reading, possessing an insatiably curiosity, having high energy levels, and being selfish with my sleep.
What’s your weakness and how do you face it?
I’m an idealist and passionately opinionated which sometimes prevents me from being diplomatic or seeing things from a different perspective. To counter this, I’m slowly learning from my mistakes, and I constantly counsel my most trusted advisor and wife, Lindsey.
Who is someone you look up to?
My dad. He’s done a lot of great work behind the scenes without much fanfare, attention, or celebrity because he understands that results trump vanity.
Tell me about a time you saved the day.
I’ve been approached by many readers who’ve told me that my book, Log Off, has changed their lives for the better. That brings me so much joy because the book was nearly 10 years of research, soul searching, and trial and error that saved my life. So it’s wonderful to be able to share that with the world and be valued for making a difference, even if it’s something small as helping someone overcome FOMO (“fear of missing out”).
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Easy—”Metabolism Man.” I’d love to be able to eat as much food as I want, because I love it so much.
Who would you want to be your sidekick in times of excitement or stress?
Easy—my wife. That’s the beautiful thing about marriage. If you’re one of the lucky ones to find a lover, advisor, and best friend all in one, life is going to be awesome for the both of you. That’s certainly been the case for me and my wife. I’m eternally grateful for her.
Tell us about a side of you that people don’t usually see.
I’m a closeted home chief. I went from viewing food as fuel in my twenties to thinking about what I can cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a near daily basis. I think about the kitchen often; sometimes I’m already planning what I’m going to make for lunch and dinner right after breakfast. This, perhaps more than anything else, has taught me how to savor life more than I did before. As the world turns, I’m busy obsessing over the next thing to put in my belly. ◆