I like funny people. They make the world a better place. Without them, the world would be, well boring and lame. Thanks to the blogging world, I came across Bryan Allain who blogs and writes. Not only is he a huge fan of Lost (I can’t say that show’s name without my heart breaking a little…six years, six years and that’s how you end it?), but he’s funny. Win. Win.
He’s also full of wisdom when it comes to creating a thriving online tribe, with tons of resources and thoughts to help (check out his online Killer Tribes). I recently had the chance to review his recent e-book (Community Wins) and I also read his book 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo, so I promise he knows a thing or two. Both of his e-books are on amazon right now, so be sure to grab your copy. Also his next release is his first paperback, Actually, Clams Are Miserable! I look forward to reading that one!
I’m sooo excited to have him on the blog with a 4 Questions interview! Thank you so much Bryan!
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
I’m working from home, writing and working on my business full time! Five years ago was right around the time I was realizing how much I loved to write. Though I had been blogging since 2001, it wasn’t until around 2007 that I realized how much I loved writing. I began blogging more seriously, started working on a memoir, and launched a second blog. Five years later the memoir is half-written and on the shelf, the second blog has been closed for years, and yet I’m doing what I love. The route to get here has been way different than I imagined, and there is much work yet to do, but it’s still hard for me to believe I’m no longer putting my engineering degree to use. It’s what I’ve wanted for years and I’m going to do everything I can to make it work.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
It’s hard to say because I am so happy with where I am right now. I wouldn’t want to change any one thing in fear that it might alter where I currently am. There are always mistakes you make in dealing with other people. Maybe you trusted someone a little too much, or you were a little selfish in how you dealt with someone else. I’m sure I could go back and handle some relationships a little better, but I’m pretty happy with where things are at right now. (Hope that didn’t sound like a cop-out!)
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
My wedding day and the birth of my two kids are the cliche answers, but those were some pretty amazing days. In terms of the last few years I would have to say my last day at my old day job: August 31, 2012. I finished packing up my desk, said my goodbyes, and walked out of there for the last time just after lunch. I thought I would come home to a normal Friday afternoon but my wife Erica had planned a little party for the four of us. There were banners, balloons, and my favorite foods spread out on the table. We toasted to the future and as I looked in their eyes it got a little emotional for me. Realizing a dream was amazing, BUT celebrating that moment with three people I love was a moment I will never forget. It was so special; I still tear up thinking about it.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I think “What do I want to do with my life?” is a great question, but I think it can be dangerous without also asking, “What are my priorities?” I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for 14 years, not because it was what I wanted to do, but because my #1 priority was to provide for my family. Once my true passions became evident to me I devised a plan to get from where I was to where I wanted to be, but that plan had to line up with my priorities. For me, that meant staying in a job I had no passion for for a couple of years while I made the leap to a new career something that wouldn’t destroy my family. So my advice to the next generation would be to ask yourself the hard questions. Figure out what is truly important to you first, and then ask yourself where you want to be so you can make a plan to get there.