Lorne Epstein

Host of The Lorne Epstein Show

1. Do you remember a time when you were happiest as a child? Where were you, who were you with and what were you doing?

I was happiest as a child when I was being sung a lullaby by my parents at night. I see myself laying on the bed with them towering above me, with the lights out, singing lullaby and good night.

2. Who was your favourite teacher at school? What did you learn from that person?

Don Dellman was my all time favorite teacher. He taught my fourth grade class and what I learned from him was how to be kind, caring, and selfless. His claim to fame, other than being an amazing teacher, was playing the clarinet in the movie The Godfather.

3. When did you first stand up to your parents… what was the issue and...were you right?

I told my mom to back the fuck off from her constant pejorative comments about my father. My parents divorced when I was five and my mother harbored a lifetime of ill feelings towards my father. She could never contain her contempt for him and did her best to ask me about him or otherwise intrude on the relationship. Was I right? That is not a question I choose to answer.

4. What seemed like an inconsequential decision at the time, but in hindsight turned out to fundamentally reshape your life?

Moving to Washington DC was going to be a small life choice, getting an advanced degree, working for the federal government, and who knows what. What happened was totally unexpected. I took the Lifespring trainings and my heart and spirit opened up wide. I have been working on my personal growth since then. And because of the work, I learned to lead experiential trainings and coach from a happy place.

5. What habit or behaviour or belief have you recently acquired? Why is it now in your life?

I know believe that Unconscious Bias is not a bad thing, it is just a human thing. I learned that about 5-6 years ago. I lead workshops where people learn for themselves what unconscious bias means and how it impacts there lives as well as tools to mitigate it and make them and the folks around them happier.

6. What do you think is true that most people think is false? What do you think is false, that most people think is true?

True: The experience of life is an illusion and has no inherited meaning.
False: The Western form of capitalism is the best way to create a world that works.

7. What are the three books that you would unhesitatingly recommend to others?

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh

A real experience of connecting with your personal divine is possible and attainable. This book will help you make that connection.

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

An awesome tale about the human condition and a very interesting city.

The Prize by Daniel Yergin.

You will learn why the fossil fuel industry is now how it is.

8. Name a well-known person you admire and explain why you hold them high esteem?

Dr. Herb Tanzer, he had a profoundly deep connection to the divine and used this to make other peoples lives better. He was a skilled and wealthy veterinarian and instead  of using those trained skills, he developed himself as a healer of the human condition.

9. If you wrote a ‘user manual’ for how people should interact with you, what would be the most important point in the manual?

Don’t take everything I say with a grain of salt. Know that I truly love you. Keep a sense of humor handy.

10. Imagine: if we were to go to people who don't think very highly of you, what do you think they would say about you?

I was an arrogant a know-it-all with a hard Brooklyn edge.

11. What’s one misconception people generally have about you?

That I am super handsome and was a male model.

12. What personality trait has got you in the most trouble? What kind of trouble does it get you in?

Snarky, quick, and funny responses at the most inappropriate times.

13. What is your untrainable superpower?

I can tell you your hurts, super powers, and the right livelihood you should be living.

14. On what topic would you never make a joke? Why?

The death of a soldier. It is not ironic that soldiers die, it is always a tragedy.

15. Have you always had the same political beliefs? If so, why do you think you have held them so long? If not, what event caused you to change your view?

No. I used to think poor people were poor because they were lazy. Growing up, learning about people and seeing the world as it is vs. how others wanted me to see it.

16. In the last few days, what news has given you most cause for alarm? What news has given you most cause for celebration?

Alarm: A friend has breast cancer and has not told me directly.

Celebration:I won a fantastic contract with a great company for my bias workshops.

17. When was the last time you felt like an outsider in a group?

Starting my masters program, first night, I told the group and it was incorporated into the class experience.

18. What do you think is acceptable today but will become taboo tomorrow?

Treating money as an equal or superior to the life and wellness of human beings.

19. What app or tech product have you most recently fallen in love with?

Wix.Com, Eventbrite, Zapier, Calendly

20. What’s the last image on your camera roll? Care to explain?

My friend and neighbor Michael. He was picking from his garden and looked like a amish farmer. Very sweet and sublime.

21. What is the best purchase you’ve made recently?

Lights and a backdrop for my home video studio. When I give my workshops, I have a consistent “frame” which keeps the students in a mindset of learning.

22. What is your most prized possession? What’s the story behind it?

An Olympic torch. When I lived in California in 2000-01, I was chosen to run the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter Olympics. Coca-cola was my sponsor and the gave us the torches we carried. There is still propane gas it mine.

23. What is your most prized possession? What’s the story behind it?

An Olympic torch. When I lived in California in 2000-01, I was chosen to run the Olympic torch for the 2002 winter Olympics. Coca-cola was my sponsor and the gave us the torches we carried. There is still propane gas it mine.

24. Cheese or Chocolate? And what kind?

Chocolate – Dark – 60 to 70 percent. valrhona

25. If you were to own a bar, and you could design it how you wanted, what would it look like?

It would look like a chocolate bar

26. If you were a giant mega Monster what city would you rampage first? Why?

Queens New York, because I am from Brooklyn! You gotta problem with that?

27. If you were to survive the zombie apocalypse, what role would you play in the new society that would follow?

I would be a philosopher, teacher and healer. I would write all of the new jokes.

28. Which fictional villain do you find yourself sympathising with most? Why?

Thanos, I get it. I think he had a very valid point.

28. If you could invite any 3 people - living or dead - to your final dinner party before the end of the world, who would they be and why?

My wife – because she is my wife and I love her

Herb Tanzer – He loved me and was just the best

Robin Williams – So fucking funny and I connected to him as he was my generations comedian.

29. What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Remember the basics – Michael Farber

30. What decision makes you say, “What was I thinking??” when you look back on your career?

Why did I get into recruiting? I should have done so many other things.

31. What’s the one bad quality you wouldn’t mind in a colleague? Why?

Total honesty. I like it when people are harsh; it reminds me of the people I knew in Brooklyn. I feel a kindship to the people of this world who speak their truth regardless of the consequences.

32. What role do you find yourself playing when you join a newly formed team? Can you explain why this happens?

Leader. I see the big picture and vision quicker than most.

33. What is the optimal number of people in a team, with you in it? What roles are those people playing?

Three or five, depending on the project.

34. Aside from your parents, name one person who has had an extraordinary impact on your career. What did they do and what did you learn from that person?

Michael Farber brought me into recruiting which guided my life in a forever sort of way. Without him, I would have been a movie producer. Thanks Mike, you dick!

35. Name one person who would you like to read these answers

My wife and my audience.

36. If you could add a question to this selection for the next person to answer, what would it be?

The question would be how forthright were you in answering these questions?

37. Who would you recommend to do the next 20 Questions With … ?

Steven Kantor – so smart, so successful.

Thank you to Lorne Epstein for taking 20 Questions for The Brainfood Tribune

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