I’m inspired daily. I’m happy to be alive and think that every day is another opportunity to push myself to the limit. I like to fall asleep knowing I did everything possible to make an impact that day.
There are a lot of things that inspire me. Surfing is one of those things. There’s nothing like waking up early and feeling the energy of the sun and the ocean while paddling out—the intensity of it, and how it can be scary, too.
Music is another inspiration. I start and end my day with music. If I had to choose only one art form to appreciate for the rest of my life, it would be music. I love all types of music, but right now I’m really inspired by the haunting tunes of Sigur Rós. They're an Icelandic post-rock band that has gained notoriety for their nontraditional blend of melodic, classical and ambient sounds. I love to go to their concerts. All of the creative, theatrical elements—the stage sets, the electrified feeling in the crowd, the crew sound-checking the equipment—affect my psyche. I’ll head to a show to absorb the audio sensations, soak up the rumbling bass, the pulsing energy of the singers and the band's overall meditative intensity.
You know that someone is inspired if they have a spring in their step. Sometimes you just have to look up. On nights when there's an incredible sunset, I’ll take my team out to the back of the restaurant and I’ll ask them, "Do you want to know how we're going to approach our work tonight?" And, pointing to the sky, I'll say, "THAT is how we’re going to approach our work tonight."
What are some of the things that inspire you?
Laurie Woolever — New York — January 10, 2007 2:59pm ET
Holly Gustafson — January 16, 2007 6:40am ET
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