Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Tyler: I’m Tyler Tervooren and I help people lead more interesting lives by taking bigger risks. The very best part is getting to do all the crazy things I’ve always wanted to and call it “work.”
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Tylery: There are a lot of good options, but I think I’d pick Alexander the Great, not because he was a conqueror, but because he had what seems a limitless ambition to explore and understand the world. He was also an incredible leader, keeping an army of soldiers happy to follow wherever he went for more than a decade as he lead his campaign across Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Tyler: Well, I hope to accomplish a lot of smaller things, but my major goals for 2011 are to climb two of the world’s highest peaks and run two marathons. The plans to do that are already in motion, so I just have to keep up with them now.
Alvin: In terms of risk what keeps you up at night?
Tyler: Not going big enough. That’s something I think about all the time and I regularly ask myself, “Am I going as far as I could be?” My ambitions feel big, but I don’t want to leave anything on the table.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Tyler: Taking responsibility for my own success. It’s really easy (and common) to blame an external cause when something goes wrong but take full credit when something goes right, but my success was always limited until I started to take responsibility for my failures as well as my successes.
It’s impossible to improve yourself when every failure isn’t your fault.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Tyler: That there’s no one right way to do it. As long as you work to improve yourself and treat people right, it doesn’t really matter what path you follow. You can be a great man and role model no matter what route through life you decide to take.