My Big Bio

by David Hartsough (2017-01-21)

Preface

I believe this was written in January, 2017. Back then I had a website running called My Big Bio (at www.mybig.bio). You could create an autobiography with it by simply answering a series of questions grouped by sections. The following are my answers to the questions from the Perspective and Purpose sections of my autobiography.


Perspective

What's most important?

Flourishing through self-actualization, self-examination, and human connection

How do you make the most of life?

By developing my connections, my identity, and my potential, and by making the world a better, happier place

What is the best experience a person can have?

Self-actualization and achievement

What does the world need?

To define and understand human flourishing, and to cultivate reflection, collaboration, and empathy

What makes you most happy?

Having meaningful discussions, sharing laughter, and helping others flourish

What do you fear most?

Failing to self-actualize and make meaningful, positive contributions toward humanity's flourishing

What are you most grateful for?

The human connections I have made, the support I have been given, and my insatiable calling to make the world a better, happier place

If you could send one message to the world, what would it be?

Be confident. Be calm. Share laughter. Share love.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To have more personal confidence

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Reform education to focus on flourishing

Who do you want to surround yourself with? Why?

People with drive, authenticity, and encouraging enthusiasm -- these people help me be my best self

Who do you admire? Who inspires you? Why?

Dan Gilbert, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Matthieu Ricard, Martin Seligman, Dave Eggers, Abraham Maslow

What do you love helping people with? Why?

I love helping people build connections, discover their potential, explore new perspectives and experiences, and achieve self-actualization. That is what it means to flourish.

What do you like best about yourself?

My positivity, optimism, and ambition

What do you like best about life?

The power of the human mind. Humans decide the meaning of their lives. Perception shapes reality.

Purpose

What do you do?

I create tools, resources, and environments to help people build connections, discover their potential, explore new perspectives and experiences, and achieve self-actualization.

Who do you do it for?

Humanity as whole, but especially those in need of affirming their personal identity

What do these people want or need?

People seek self-assuredness and happiness through a life of meaning, purpose, connection, and contribution.

How do they change or transform as a result of what you give? What do they get out of it?

They truly flourish, live confidently, accomplish goals, establish an identity, and forge meaning.

How is what you're doing making you a better person?

I am learning and gaining understanding and wisdom. I am furthering my understanding of human flourishing.

How is what you're doing making the world a better place?

It will empower people with a sense of purpose and will deepen humanity's understanding of flourishing.

What is your mission statement?

To build deep connections, a firm identity, and a life of purpose. To evaluate what is most meaningful and important. To achieve self-actualization. To be confident and calm. To share laughter and love. And to help, encourage, motivate and inspire others to do likewise.

What is your vision statement?

To help humanity understand and achieve flourishing.

What do you want to be remembered for? What impact do you want to have?

I want to be remembered for my positive and optimistic perspective, for helping people connect and self-actualize, and for making people laugh along the way.

What can you always see yourself doing? What is the one thing that you can't not do?

Envisioning new ways for the world to be a better, happier place