Kathy Sierra of Creating
Passionate Users
has this amazing ability to help us see familiar things
from very different perspectives.

Some examples:

1) Kathy
on presentations

2) Kathy
on ease-of-use

3) Kathy
on usability through fun
(a must read)

4) And my
personal favorite, Kathy on why
marketing should create user manuals

Today, Kathy
the “tell
us five things about yourself”
meme and asked five +
questions of her readers instead.  

Here are her questions with
my answers.  

1) What’s the most fun work you’ve ever done, and

When I worked for a
publisher that wanted to create compelling digital products from print content,
I had a blast!

I have the most fun when I
get to work with others building or fixing something.

2) A. Name one thing you did in the past that you
no longer do but wish you did?

I used to walk
everywhere. Now I drive most places
because I don’t live in a city and I never have enough time to just walk. 

2) B. Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do but
keep putting it off?

Moving to another country

3) A. What two things would you most like to learn
or be better at, and why?

Relaxing – I need to get
better at turning off so I can digest everything I’m learning.

Dancing – I can’t
dance. I always lead. Sometimes you need to follow. 

3) B. If you could take a class/workshop/ apprenticeship
from anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be? What would you hope
to learn?

David Bowie – To learn how
to continually reinvent yourself AND run a business based on a strong personal

See Question 6.

4) A. What three words might your best friends or
family use to describe you?
Passionate, curious,

4) B. Now list two more words you wish described
World-traveler, race car

5) What are your top three passions?
Change, Motion, Action:
Someone once told me it’s easier to steer a car in motion than one that’s
parked. How true! I believe that there’s
nothing that I can break that can’t be fixed – or replaced with something

6) Write–and answer–one more question that YOU
would ask someone.
If money and time was no
object, what would you be doing differently?

My answer: I’d go to
Stanford and get a PhD in Organizational Dynamics but only if Bob Sutton was my advisor! 

Bonus: What is one question you wish people
would ask themselves

Why am I <insert action here> and is it time
for me to change? 

Since the end of the year
is a great time for reflection and planning, why don’t you take a look at these
questions and think about where you’ve been and where you’re going?

Happy New Year! 

PS Kathy – we haven’t seen
your answers!