5 Minute Interview: Terry Starbucker
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Terry: Hi, I’m Terry Starbucker. I’m a passionate student and practitioner of leadership, who also loves to share my knowledge on my blog, “Ramblings From a Glass Half-Full”. . I’m a teacher at heart, so most of all, I enjoy helping others be successful at it.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world and tell us how he inspired you?
Terry: My Dad. He recently passed away, and I think of him every day. What always inspired me was how he loved his work as a police officer and a carpenter, and how he loved to interact with people. I learned so much from him.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Terry: This is a great question for me right now, because I am about to leave my current job and become an entrepreneur. My goal for the next 12 months is to establish a thriving and growing business with my business partner, one that brings us great joy and satisfaction because we are helping others be successful.
Alvin: So far, what has been your greatest resource for how to be better man?
Terry: Without question, my greatest resource has been my wife – she is my best friend, a fantastic sounding board, a trusted advisor, and someone who always keeps me honest and true to myself. I couldn’t ask for a better person to help me be a better man.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Terry: I’d say the biggest step I took was to leave home at age 18 to attend college 1,200 miles away. I really grew up fast after I made that decision. It seems trivial now, but the simple step of going off on my own, and having to take care of myself (like just making my own bed, or doing my own laundry, etc), was a huge thing for me. In hindsight I’m glad I did it at that age.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Terry: When I was 27, my boss asked me this: “My boy, there are two kinds of people in this world – thinkers and doers. Which one are you?”
I replied, “I want to be a doer, sir”
He smiled and said “Attaboy. It’s the doers that succeed. Be a doer”
So that’s what I became. And have never looked back.0