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Jan

01

2015

Rapid Fire Q&A, Tim Ferriss Style

Company Culture

As the year is winding down, everyone here at Mojo in Indy is working frantically to launch websites and onboard new marketing clients before the holidays hit. Just for fun, I sent this list of questions around to our team. Just by reading their answers, you can get a sense of my co-workers personalities.

You'll also get some great recommendations for books to give, fave documentaries and movies to watch during these days off, and our favorite products/services under $100.

If you're a fan of the Tim Ferriss podcast like we are, you may recognize these questions from his rapid fire round that he always has with his guests.

Enjoy & Happy Holidays, from Mojo!

Abby Stearns
Director of Business Development

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Most professional athletes. The time, dedication, discipline, focus and determination that they have to have to be great at their sport is mind blowing! Each athlete at that level has to have purpose in EVERYTHING they do from what they eat to how long they sleep to what they study and the list goes on. There is a reason why the percentage of professional athletes is small. :-)

2. What is the book that you give most?

It depends on who I am giving the books to. If it is for a child, Dr. Seuss is my go to! First grade through junior high, Harry Potter for sure or Magic Tree House. Above that, I like to give gift cards to book stores, you can just never truly predict what will engage a reader.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

I don't have a ton of crazy, far-fetched beliefs. However, I am Mormon ;-)

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

That I am a lot younger than people think. I get looks all the time for walking around with three kids. Then people find out I am 30 and it's like..."oh, it's okay then." When I was 24 with my first child....I was definitely "teen mom" in the eyes of most! #stopjudging

5. What is your favorite documentary?

Jiro Dreams of Sushi! This guy is AMAZING and has a wait list over 3 months long for his Sushi restaurant in Japan. You don't get to pick your sushi as Jiro makes whatever he found fresh at the market that day. You can only drink water to not mess with the flavor of the meal. He rules the Sushi world. Not to mention, Jiro is my second son's middle name!

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

My running pack/belt. It stores all of my snacks for me on those long runs, because I need to eat around mile 9 without fail! 

Chris Antoine
Senior Software Architect

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

I have no idea.

2. What is the book that you give most? (if you like to give books to people)

Not into giving gifts or books.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

Nothing because I'm a rational human being.

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

People think I'm an a******, no wait, that's true...

5. What is your favorite documentary?

Too many good documentaries to pick one.

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

Raspberry Pi

Heather Lyon
Project Manager

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

My dad. He is an owner at Munciana, he's a teacher and he's well known around the community. I have always admired how much he can do, how well he handles everything and how much people like him.

2. What is the book that you give most? (if you like to give books to people)

I don't give books.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

Reincarnation. No, I'm not Hindu.

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

I have RBF, so people haven't always thought I was the friendliest off of first glance. Or so I've been told...

5. What is your favorite documentary? (or movie, if you don't watch docs)

Elf, because I'm 12....also could be the movie that comes to mind because I watched it last night for the 50th time.

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

Lighted Wall Mounted Vanity Mirror. It is life changing.

Jason Harrop
Senior Designer

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

George Lucas - made Star Wars and made millions off his great stories.

2. What is the book that you give most?

I don't give books away.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

That Han shot first.

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

That I don't eat vegetables or anything that is healthy.

5. What is your favorite documentary? (or movie, if you don't watch docs)

Duh! Star Wars (All of them)

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

Roku

Sam McKinney
Overlord

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Clarkson, May, and Hammond.

2. What is the book that you give most? (if you like to give books to people)

I don't give my books away, that is for sure. Those are mine, and I am very meticulous in the care of my books. I will recommend lots of books to people. For children, The Day the Crayons Quit. For most adults, anything by CS Lewis. Big fan, and I think everyone should read The Screwtape Letters.

3. What is your favorite documentary? (or movie, if you don't watch docs)

 Lots of choices here, but let's stick with anything Nolan: Batman, Inception, Interstellar.

4. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

Swim Lessons for my daughter. 

Amy Metherell
Executive Assistant

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

My husband. He grew up in York, PA with a future of working in a factory carved out for him from a very early age. He's worked hard throughout the years to work his way up to management in his company. He sets a great example of work ethic and beating the odds for our kids.

2. What is the book that you give most?

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. It changed my life and I will gladly purchase one to give away to anyone who could use it.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

Karma. My 12-year-old son thinks I'm nuts.

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

When people meet me in person before meeting via phone/email first, they usually don't take me seriously because I look so young. When people find out I'm closing in on 40, they don't believe me. Also, I've been painfully shy my entire life, so people usually think that I'm snobby or a b****. I'm neither of those things!

5. What is your favorite documentary?

Food Inc.

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

Total Money Makeover book and Dave Ramsey's podcast. I listen to his podcast daily. I was never taught about money growing up so I have screwed up a lot. I'm now learning everything I need to know and teaching my children in the process.

Stephanie Fisher
Content Manager

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why? 

My hubs.  He's always known who he is, what he wants in life, and how to be content.

2. What is the book that you give most?

Stephen Hawking's The Illustrated Brief History of Time. Because I'm a science nerd. 

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

It is reasonably probable that we're living in a computer simulation. I'm not sure I actually believe it, but I don't rule it out.

4. What is your favorite documentary?

The Planet Earth series, and pretty much every nature documentary narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough. And Chef's Table on Netflix. SO GOOD.

5. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

CookSmarts - an awesome meal planning service that has helped me get organized and cook more meals at home.

Michael Reynolds

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Richard Branson. He has built a business empire but still takes care of his team members and values social responsibility. A great success story of business with "heart."

2. What is the book that you give most? 

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Life-changing.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

Aliens! The truth is out there...

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

That I'm scary. I'm really not scary.

5. What is your favorite documentary?

I don't remember the last documentary I watched but I love most sci-fi movies. Most recently The Martian. And anything Star Trek.

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.
 
An iPhone case for my wife that hold IDs and debit cards in it. She's always forgetting where she put her wallet. Now all she needs to keep track of is her phone.


Nathan Stearns
Support Specialist

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?  
 
The Rock, because he's a huge Hollywood star but still takes time to meet and interact with his fans. Seems like a real down-to-earth person.

2. What is the book that you give most? (if you like to give books to people)
 
They still make books?  Thought everything was online now.

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?
 
Steph is right, we are living in the Matrix :D
 
5. What is your favorite documentary? (or movie, if you don't watch docs)
 
Recently watched "Navy Seals: Their Untold Story" and it was really good.

6. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.
 
Nature Box was really good, not sure if it counts since it's a monthly payment thing. But the next best is the wallet case for my iPhone.
 

Allison Gibbs
Strategist

1. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why? 

My Dad. He built a stellar career for himself all while never losing sight of what was most important to him and my mom.

2. What is the book that you give most?

The only books I'm giving out these days are for kiddos, but I love giving any of the BabyLit books. They're adult books broken down into learning primers for young kids. So cute.  

3. What is something that you believe that other people think is insane?

Ghosts. I 100% believe.

4. What are some common misconceptions about you?

I'm actually more active than people think. I don't have a typical runner's body, but I've completed 8 half marathons and 1 marathon in the last 4 years.

5. What is your favorite documentary?

I. Love. Documentaries. A few of my favorites: Waking Sleeping Beauty, Dear Zachary, Restrepo, Exit Through the Gift Shop and Born to Be Wild. 

5. The most useful product or service you've bought in 2015, under $100.

eMeals. Cooking, grocery shopping and meal planning are certainly not my forte, but this service has helped our family with grocery budgeting and finding healthier recipes.

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