Thomas Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Systems, sat down with Raquel Richardson of Silver Square to participate their weekly Proust Questionnaire. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn and follow Tom on Twitter.
1. What is your most marked characteristic? My organizational skills and the number of 3-ring binders I own. Many of my friends and family tell me to seek help.
2. What is the quality you most like in a man? Integrity. Additionally, I am a huge believer in the Golden Rule – treat others as you would like to be treated.
3. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Loving. My business life is pretty much black and white, so I truly appreciate the nurturing and caring qualities of women.
4. What do you most value in your friends? Sense of humor. I love to laugh and friends are the best way to ensure this happens. Plus my laugh (another marked characteristic) seems to make others happy.
5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I let things get to me. Most things I can do nothing about, but I still let them negatively affect my mood.
6. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Hiking in a national park with my wife Jane.
7. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Loss / death of a family member.
8. Who are your favorite writers? Dave Ramsey (the financial guy) and Seth Godin. I wish I enjoyed reading more, I think it has to do with the fact that I am not a strong reader.
9. What is your current state of mind? Excited that summer is almost here, which means the annual family pilgrimage to Cedar Point to ride roller coasters.
10. What is your motto? Be Prepared. What can I say? I have been involved with Boy Scouts for over 30 years and it has worked well for them.
11. What is your greatest fear?
Not being successful with my business.
12. What is your greatest extravagance? Hiking boots and electronic toys (iPhone, computers, televisions, etc.)
13. On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
14. What do you dislike most about your appearance? My weight
15. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Truly” – see number 3 where I used the word. Unbelievable” – said in an extremely sarcastic way and I cuss too much.
Proust Questionnaire by Raquel Richardson of Silver Square