5 Minute Interview: Steve Kamb
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Steve: My name is Steve Kamb, I’m the rebel leader over at NerdFitness.com, a website dedicated to helping nerds and average Joes level up their lives. The thing I enjoy most about running this site is connecting with so many amazing people who are changing their lives for the better. I love helping people, and it’s great to hear so many success stories.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Steve: President Theodore Roosevelt. The man grew up as a sickly child and refused to let that deter him from accomplishing anything. He wrote 35 books, fought in Spanish-American War, explored the Amazon rainforest, and served as president of our great nation. Well-learned, full of adventure, and never one to back down from a fight, Roosevelt was the man!
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Steve: Great question. One year from today, I hope that Nerd Fitness has become the go-to place for folks looking to get in shape. The growth has been great in 2010, but I have a feeling things are about to get really interesting in 2011.
From a personal standpoint, I hope to be hard at work learning another language, well on my way to packing on another 10-15 pounds of muscle, and have a greater work-life balance. I tend to spend too much time working and not enough time enjoying life away from my computer.
Alvin: What’s the next tool, language, or skill you would like to add to your repertoire to give you an edge as a traveler?
Steve: I hope to start learning multiple languages (not all at once, of course), but I haven’t decided what language is next. I’m heading to Thailand, Singapore, China, and Japan in the next 6 months, but only for a brief period of time. In 2012 I’d love to go spend a few months in Italy, so I might start learning Italian.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Steve: For me, it was going off to college on my own, without knowing a single other person attending. It made me learn to be okay with being alone, pulled me out of my shell to make new friends very quickly, and taught me to become self-reliant.
I’m kind of going through that all again right now, as this month I set out on a solo journey that sends me to 4 continents, 9 countries, and 15 cities. I’m scared to go by myself, but I know this trip will help me mature and develop as a man more than anything else I’ve ever done, so I’m quite excited.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Steve: “Take pride in yourself, take responsibility for your actions, and look out for #1,” from my father. He’s taught me that we’re not entitled to anything, we have to earn it. I don’t expect others to bail me out, give me things, or take care of me – that’s MY job. Thanks Dad.0