it, and then has the benefit—
how will I benefit or how will
other people benefit o; of it.
Is it going well?
I fall o; of doing it and I forget.
And I have this anxiety, because
if I know all the goals reset on
July 15, when July 15 comes
around, there’s this tension in
my body. You shouldn’t accomplish them if they are large
enough. You should just get
close to them. It makes you
take one bit of an action in the
morning or in the evening
toward a goal. Will I drink 10
glasses of water every day?
No. Will I do all those pushups
every day? No, but will it make
me get that green drink in the
morning instead of the cheeseburger? Yes. And each one of
those gets you closer.
You like to say that if you can
do it, anybody can do it. What
does that mean to you?
My upbringing was way better
than many others’, if we look
at the entire world, and just as
bad as many others’. But many
will say you can’t do things
because of the color of your
skin or where you grew up. I
grew up in a lower-middle-class area of Queens. I got left
back in school, and I’m dyslexic. There weren’t too many
role models where I grew up.
I didn’t know anybody, didn’t
have a famous last name, didn’t
have any access to capital, and
didn’t go to college. Many
people would’ve said one of
those things could have held
me back, and none of those
held me back.
How do you handle the tough
decisions you have to make?
I try to think about all aspects
of the decision. Number one,
why do I have to do it and
why am I feeling this way
about it? Number two, who
will it a;ect? Who will it save?
Each tough decision I make
DO REST John takes leisure
seriously. “I put the time in to take the
time off,” he says.