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Special Interview with Chris Barba !

Its 2 weeks away from christmas!!

Originally I wanted to keep this article all the way for Christmas Release but then again I was thinking, why wait? Good stuff must be shared and must be shared fast, don’t u think? Even Shane Dawson is already posting his Christmas Previews on his upcoming videos!

This is the first ever interview I ‘ve done with someone whom I never met before ‘literally’ and someone who actually stays half the globe away from me. This is the magic of technology! The ability to link anyone from anywhere.

And the reason to this interview is because I myself enjoy articles from http://www.thinkchooselive.com written by Chris Barba himself. All along, I was thinking what else can be done apart from just tweeting in my facebook about good stuff that I learnt? Well, one of it : to interview the person who created the good stuff!! Challenging !!

It was  a random click from a random site while surfing the net on a random day. My god, I was glued to the content eversince. At thinkchooselive.com I found lots of positive encouragement and life lessons to learn from. The best part is ? The Author is so young, where did he get his life experiences from then?  It was also from Chris’s Blog that opened my eyes to FundAfield, Free Hugs and TOMS Shoes. It was truly amazing!! And from TOMS Shoes, I found another meaningful story like http://www.sendaball.com. Its like an “ecological chain” . It’s something leading to another. Therefore, one day (actually it was just last month), a crazy idea dawn upon me, why don’t just give it a try? Be a little brave, be a little crazy and approach Chris for an interview. Doesn’t matter if a rejection is there, most importantly I tried! This is life! Rejections are bountiful but we don’t limit our life because of this.

And the outcome? Success!! An interview has been cliched ! So what questions did my crazy brain actually asked? Here goes :

1) Hi Chris, you’re an event coordinator with Be Legendary, could you tell us more about Be Legendary and what do you do there?

Of course! Be Legendary’s mission statement is to live a life worth living.  Our focus is to help people breakthrough to new areas of their life and fulfill their own unique potentials. We do this through the facilitation of our philanthropic based events.  These events are designed to provide an emotional experience, life application, and a lasting legacy.

One of our more popular events is our Building a Dream, where participants work as a team to build bicycles for kids who have never owned one before. What they don’t know is that the kids actually arrive on site and they get to personally give these bikes to some very special guests! As an event coordinator I get to facilitate these events, work out the behind the scenes kinks and bumps, spread exposure through social media, and have done some speaking on behalf of the company as well.

 It has been truly amazing working for this company!



2) I understand you majored in Psychology , what changes you to enter as an event coordinator with Be Legendary?

Ha – great question.  So anyone who graduates with a psychology degree knows that you either go back so school or wind up getting a job in an unrelated field.  I graduated with a profound sense of indecision so I decided to job search and work until I tailored my interest in psychology a bit more.  

What’s been really great about working with Be Legendary is there is an organizational development component to what I do.  This has certainly been a great interest of mine in the psychology realm.  I absolutely love learning about the subject matter, and read a lot on positive psychology, happiness, decision making, and flow.  Some of my favorite names in the field are Daniel Gilbert, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jonathan Haidt, and Jonah Lehrer, just to name a few.  So I definitely remain connected to my psychology upbringing and try and continually apply and tie in what I have learned to my work and everyday life.

3) I managed to view the clip too,  it was priceless! The kids’ eyes literally sparkled as though they saw Santa. Any memorable behind-the-scenes ?

I think I have one of the best roles when it comes to facilitating these events because usually I get to work very closely with the children.  I’m with them from the time they get on site to when they are brought in for the reveal and given their very own bicycles! There are so many funny and heartwarming stories that happen behind the scenes, but this one boy named Tommy really made an impression on me.  From the moment he got there he had a huge smile on his face and looked at me and said, “I’m getting a bicycle.”  There was sheer joy in his eyes I couldn’t help but be moved by his excitement.
The timing of getting the kids to the room where the adults are unknowingly waiting is crucial.  You also have to keep the kids as quite as possible leading up to the reveal.  For this event we had to sneak up to the back of a tent.  We decided to tell the kids we were on a secret stealth mission and had to use our ninja-like abilities to sneak up to this tent.  Well, as we all sat hidden behind a large tree, I see out of the corner my eye a figure running off.  Sure enough it was Tommy.  He was running from tree to tree hiding behind each like a secret agent closing in on his target.  It was quite amusing to watch, but I had to temporarily hold in my laughter and catch our runaway!
We caught up with Tommy, launched the reveal, the kids were in awe as they received their bicycles, and it was a beautiful summer day.  You really can’t ask for more than that!

4) Being able to experience and accomplish so much in life at such a young age, do you have any advice to those who are still searching for their dreams, clueless about their future?

Well for starters I’m still as confused as the rest of us! I’m always asking myself what I want to do to live a life worth living.  And the answer always seems to come at a crossroad of confusion.  The piece of advice that has helped me the most is don’t look at your dreams as a destination, look at them as the journey.  I think so many of us, myself included, have these ideas of grand achievements we want to occur in our future that we mistake predetermined accomplishments for life fulfillment and happiness.  Instead make your dreams your journey.  Whatever it is your chasing after, make it worth doing today.  I came out of college with the dream of a PhD in psychology, but what I have learned since then is the reason I want it is simply to help people.  Being nowhere near even starting my PhD, I still can live out my dream of helping others through my current actions.  Everyone looks at it differently, but while some see the revelation of a dream as discrete point in time, I look at life and see a continuous evolution of who we are and what we dream for.

5) I think your team has definitely made a deep impact in Tommy’s life just as much as he has for you. He will probably look back to that ‘ninja moment’ in 10 or even 20 years down the road and this memory will put a smile on him for sure.  Any plans or goals in mind for the next 5 years ?

I wouldn’t mind being on a beach in Hawaii sometime over the next 5 years! But as for goals, I keep a bucket list full of them.  I’m actually in the process of applying for a year long internship working with Grassroots Soccer in Africa.  They spread education and awareness about HIV/AIDS through the game of soccer.  It’s quite a remarkable organization and they are doing some really powerful, meaningful, and fun work with a bunch of African communities.  I’m also taking the GRE’s, an assessment test for graduate school, in December and am looking into some graduate programs in social psychology around the country.  I would also really love to be fluent in Spanish. Me gusta Espanol. I’ve been talking a lot with Aaron Myers, a language learning pro, for tips and tricks on picking up a new language. Oh! And I really want to learn how to surf. I’ve read so many fascinating stories and autobiographies, like Jaimal Yogis’s Saltwater Buddha, on surfing, zen, and life, that I feel like I have a calling to take up surfing!


6) Last but not least, could you share with us your top 10 tips to staying fit, keeping positive and looking good?

Absolutely! My number one positivity mantra is j.k.livin. It stands for just keep living.  No matter what happens in life embrace it. Love your fate, roll with the punches, and live in the moment.  You have the ability to persevere and you will grow and learn from it.  Just think, j.k.livin.

Through my ‘livin’ here are some tips I’ve picked up.

1. Happiness is a decision. 

2. Being active is a great way to start your day! Even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes. Move around, celebrate the day, have some fun with life, and embrace your energy within.

3. Working out can become tedious, trust me I know. Routines are great, but don’t be afraid to shake things up. Exercise should be fun. You should look forward to it not dread it! Dance, take a class, run around, play sports, do some exercises you have never done before, make up some of your own! Be creative and have fun.

4. Life is in the laboring. It’s a hawaiian proverb that means that enjoyment does not just come from the prestige of accomplishing, but from the act of doing. Whatever it is you’re doing in life, make it enjoyable and don’t just do it for some distant destination.

5. Personality is just about the sexiest thing about person. It is this authenticity that I think we are most drawn to.

6. Do you.  Whatever it is you are doing in life, let it leave the imprint of who you are.  Don’t worry about following social norms or implicit rules. Just bring who you are to the table and don’t be afraid to stray outside the cookie cutter impression.

7. Perspective. Life is all about perspective. I’ve grown sad and angry and frustrated from a range of things that really are trivial in the overall perspective of life.  There’s this technique that when you feel overwhelmed and stressed just imagine yourself being lifted up from your world like a helicopter into the sky.  And down below you see all these problems and frustrations, but in the grand scheme of life they are tiny specs! Embrace what’s important and let go of the rest.

8. Be loose. Sometimes we can’t help be get uptight when we are nervous.  When you loosen up things get 100x easier and you begin to feel a state of flow take over.  I was running the other day, and was super tired, in pain, and really grinding my body to push on.  I then reminded myself to just be loose and let my body coast on autopilot. Finishing my run still wasn’t a cake walk but i did it with much less tension.

9. Tie your shoes. The hardest part to doing something is breaking that initial friction of getting started. Take that first step because it will lead to the second. Whenever I go out for a run, I tie my shoes and don’t look back.

10. Lastly, I’m going to steal Nike’s slogan and say, Just do it.  Conditions will never be perfect, so stop waiting for the perfect conditions.  Get started and start now.  There will always be a reason not to do something.  There will always be obstacles, problems, and fear.  But the difference between intention and action is you! So make things happen and stop waiting for the perfect opportunity!

So much fun doing this interview Kin may! You had some terrific questions.

As for end of the year stuff…hmm..I have the marathon coming up in a couple of weeks.  I never ran 26 miles before so doing that should be pretty crazy! I’m also going to be doing a couple of Building a Dream programs in December. It’s going to be awesome to get kids bikes right before the holiday season.  And there’s a small chance I might have a trip over to Africa to give away some of our sandals from our Sole Purpose event, where participants build sandals for the for the communities and villages.


What about you. How are you going to finish out 2011?!

Many thanks to Chris Barba for this amazing interview!

For more of his articles, do visit : http://www.thinkchooselive.org


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  1. December 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Ah! I’m so excited to see this up and posted! I hope you had as much fun asking the questions as I did answering them! I’m truly humbled to be featured on your site and hope this post puts a smile on the face of anyone who reads it!


  2. December 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Chris , I really like the last sentence : to put a smile on anyone who reads it. This is a priceless and contagious objective for the post. THis was what I felt when I first read thinkchooselive.org . feel free to share this article your side too. As long u can put a smile on another person ‘s face , by all means. Cheers !!

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