Stephen Hopson Interview Part I of II

The following text is from Part I of my “Stephen Hopson Interview” at Adversity University:

1.  One of my favorite questions when I want to learn about someone is by asking them to give me their 5 second introduction when I pose the question:  “What do you do for a living?”

I’m a former computer guy who left the industry to start a new career as a writer.  Was that within five seconds?

2.  Tell me in 3 to 5 sentences something we can’t read in your bio or at the “About Page” at your blog “LifeReboot.”

Judging from my blog alone, one might think that I am a self-proclaimed know-it-all, and that I spend every waking moment of my life telling other people why they should be more like me.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In real life, I am often considered shy because I like to listen and observe more than I like to talk.  In other words, I’m not the guy who takes his personal philosophies and forces them down the throats of everyone he meets.  Instead, I give advice only to those who seek it (namely, the people who choose to read my blog).

3. How long have you been blogging at “LifeReboot”?

I got the idea for LifeReboot in December 2006.  I created the blog design in January 2007.  I quit my job and moved out of state in February, the domain was transferred to me and the blog went live in March, and the blog was finally “popularized” by Digg in May.  So my answer really depends on what stage you consider to be the true act of “blogging.”

4.  How did you come up with that very interesting and eye catching title?

It was inspired by David Hume’s Bundle Theory.  Hume says that life is not one singular entity, but a series of perceptions.  In other words, a lifetime is a collection of small, individual, “packaged” lives.  You start a new life when you land a new job.  You start a new life when you enter a new relationship.  You start a new life when you move out of state.  With the start of a new life, you are simultaneously ending another one.

This notion of reinventing yourself as a new person due to your own choices fascinates me.  Consequently, when I left the computer industry I recognized that I was ending one life and starting another.  The name “LifeReboot” just made sense.

5.  Why did you start “LifeReboot”?

Read the rest of this interview at Adversity University

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