Andrew Nygard - A Character With Character
...because interesting people are more fun to work with
I was born at a very young age and got older, if not wiser. I'm on my fourth career (or is it the fifth?) - I get easily bored by routine and repetition. My first job (other than delivering newspapers) at age 16 was at a McDonald's in a dying mall in the Northeast (hey, the ‘70s were tough!). I was grateful for the chance to work and earn money but I HATED the grease trap at closing time. The most exciting job I’ve had was spying on the Soviets in the cold war. In the ‘80s, we were closer to a shooting war than most Americans ever realized; to be on the tip of that sword was quite the rush. The skills I learned in almost 10 years of military service have been imminently transferable to every career I’ve had since then. I believe in falling down and dusting yourself off; if you're not making mistakes you're not growing.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
A good movie and a box of popcorn – with no butter of course.
What is one thing you’d change about yourself?
I'd love to be a glass-half-full rather than a glass-half-empty kind of guy.
What is your current state of mind?
Kerfuzzled by yet another inexplicable thing my teenage daughters do.
If you were a body of water, what body of water would you be and why?
Lake Baikal – it's deep and pure.
When was a time you felt all was right with the world?
I don't think I've ever felt all was right with the world.