David talks about wearing a banana suit, talking to strangers, and why spontaneity makes him happy.
- David is the cofounder and CEO of Viral Ideas
- Before talking about what makes him happy, David shared that in high school he went through a depression, mainly because he overthought things and allowed himself to be in a place where he wasn’t content with what he had. Happiness came with being present in the moment, and now he is one of the happiest people you’ll meet.
- David feels that for most people there are many things that makes them happy; for him, spontaneity makes him very happy.
The first example he gave was the week before, after speaking at an event, he was very tired and hungry but didn’t feel like searching for food. He saw two girls across the street eating mac and cheese, and he asked them for a bite, and everyone laughed and had a good time.
- Talking to strangers is only one aspect of spontaneity. David likes doing so because it’s such a taboo, but he acknowledges that everyone is something to someone, and you can talk to others.
- David has always been a little spontaneous; from going to concerts and doing random dances to making people laugh and going to random restaurants.
- Being spontaneous just happens, he doesn’t have to think about it.
- Sometimes being spontaneous backfires, which ends up making for the best stories. On his first year in college, he went to the Fyrefly festival and decided to wear a banana suit (search for #fyreflybanana); this got him in with so many people and even got him on stage. He decided to exit the stage through the back and the organizers didn’t like it so they cut off his wristband and kicked him out of the festival (luckily he managed to get in again the next day).
- David doesn’t like clubs, so if he ever ends up in one he tenses up and isn’t very spontaneous—he becomes an introvert. This is one of the few situations when David isn’t spontaneous.
- When he’s out with his friends, being spontaneous rubs on them too.
- Making people laugh and making others happy also makes David happy. People in general make him happy, he is a people person. When he goes to the gym or at the end of the day, David has his alone time, but otherwise he likes being with people.
- David gets along with pretty much everyone, but he avoids people who are judgy or negative. He can feel it in people’s actions.
- Being positive is a learned skill; having the ability to see the positive side of things is a choice, and there are many negative people out there. He learned it by changing his framework of thinking.
- Authenticity and fun could be considered a connecting thread.
- If people aren’t happy or positive, he usually navigates it by making jokes. David uses jokes in many situations (sometimes in the wrong moment), and if things are negative a joke or two solves the problem. He compares this to Monsters Inc., but instead of collecting screams he collects laughter.
- David’s perfect spontaneous time involves going home, packing his bag in five minutes, hopping into the car, driving to the airport and picking a random location from the flight board and take a flight there. He likes creating movement, so once there he would go out for a walk, or on a tour bus, or out to a festival, and then he’d meet other people. He did this once when his roommate in college suggested they go to Israel. Language is never an issue when it comes to travel; if you need to communicate with people, you’ll find a way.
- David is living his dream, and if he could pick doing anything in the world, he’d be doing what he’s doing now.
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