We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Thomson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zach, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Be kind to everyone. Everyone has intrinsic value. A wealthy businessman said, “figure out who you can trust and take them all the way”. To the best of your ability create a family you can trust and take them all the way with you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I hope there are more people out there like me that are hustling every day making their dreams come true. I am not waiting around for opportunities, I am making them. I love to create. I love to build. I am writing my own ticket. Many people find joy in working for a big corporation and that’s great. What is sad is that is you may be working a job killing yourself for a position that can replace you the next day. I am talking to those people that are not content with their job. Those people that wake up dreading the work day. Find your passion and work on it every day. It is not easy but it is WORTH it. There is a great quote that says “if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.” Everyone needs to find what they love, that thing that drives them. That thing that makes you excited to wake up every morning. This however is not an easy path but it is very satisfying. If you are working towards your dreams and passions you will inevitably encounter obstacles. But when it’s your own creation it worth it to peruse and find a solution. If you find yourself giving up than it must not be that important to you. The old story of Socrates teaching a lesson to a student who wanted to become his apprentice is a great analogy even for today. The story goes that a student said he wanted to be his apprentice and therefore Socrates took him down to the water and held him under until he nearly drown. Then pulled him up and said when you want to learn as badly as you wanted air just now, then you will be ready to be my apprentice. I have worked hard to get into this position and despite my failures I am not deterred to work on my self as a commodity. I have been working a project for over 13 years and still I have not given up. In the meanwhile I have had many irons in the fire. Working on developing multiple projects. Which I also recommend. You don’t always have to put all your eggs in one basket. Hedge your bets on a few things you love and some to make ends meet. Some projects can just be a means to an end. But everyone should have their target and aim for it. Something that is surprisingly important is that you can’t worry about living up to others expectations. I see too often people don’t try things or aren’t willing to step out of their comfort zones because they fear other people. I have found a lot of success by sacrificing time in the evenings to further my ideas to see if they can work. I have failed many times and succeeded a few. But those few successes have given me what I need. Don’t be afraid of failure. I have learned way more from my failures than my successes.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
While in Honolulu I would take friends to the Polynesian Cultural Center on North Shore. Then we would grab Giovanis Shrimp Shack. Then to Waimanalo for some boogie boarding. Then grab some Poké from Fresh Catch for lunch. Then to China Walls for some great pics. Then dinner at Bangkok Chef in Manoa for some delicious Thai food. The next day would be a some surfing in Waikiki. Lunch at Teddys Bigger Burger. Hike manoa falls, Then skydiving or parasailing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout to McKenzie Van Dorne Rice. She is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. She Never makes excuses and always makes things happen. She has always supported and believed in me. She never gives up and is kind to everyone!!!
Tracy Wright Corvo