David Markovich talks about his interest in information, the need to explore who we are , and why people make him happy.
- David is the founder of David is the founder of Online Geniuses. He is one of six kids, and is from New York. When we talked, he was on day 3 of Whole 30 (he’s been Paleo for the past year).
- In thinking about what makes him happy, David’s first answer was information; but the more he thought about it he realized that wasn’t the real answer. What makes David happy is people, of all shapes and sizes.
- Emotions are contagious; if you hang out with happy people, you’ll be happy. The same goes the other way, so you have to know who to hang out with.
- When David is with people who are happy and successful, he is able to feed off of their emotions and he can be happy.
- David calls this invisible energy. He’s always worked with people, even digitally, even though he works in a field that is typically not people-oriented (digital marketing). David makes an effort to reach out to others and give to people, which makes him feel good about himself.
- People is a very broad topic; what you do with them—take energy from them, or give to them—is your call. When David is with transparent, happy people, he feels happy. He can feel the difference when he spends some time on his own.
- David has created communities through Online Geniuses. The premise is that people don’t want to go to events when they don’t know people, so he created an online community where people can meet each other so that when they go to an event they already know each other and it makes it easier to meet each other in person.
- It’s less painful to be rejected online than in person; if someone is not the right fit online, there are thousands other people to connect with. Additionally, people are more accountable in person than online.
- David can connect with people online as much as he does in person. He has online connections that are as close and valuable as those he knows in real life. He is intuitive enough to know who is honest or not, both in person or online. And he is able to get that invisible energy online as much as he does in person.
- When David is around negative people, he can feel the effects just as much as when he is with positive people. There are people who give energy and people who take energy, and there are some that would just take your energy. Luckily, David doesn’t come across many people that are negative.
- Negative people will only gain in the short term, but in the long run if all you do is take you won’t succeed.
- If David is ever in a bad place, he doesn’t want to be around others. He looks into why he feels that way and tries to work on it. He also likes to hang out with good people that can fill him up.
- The reverse is also true, when someone is down you can help them come up. David says he does that with his girlfriend; they motivate and build each other up, and when one of them is down the other one helps them come up.
- There are many things that psychologists say makes them happy, but there are those things that makes individuals happy. We each have our passion and we have to figure it out.
Searching for your own happiness is a lifetime pursuit; it’s not as easy as buying a car. You need to explore and find out who you are, and by trying different things before you find it.
David is a naturally curious person, and he likes to hang out around different people and different cultures, so he’s had tons of chances to explore.
- David evaluates things quarter by quarter. A year is too long, a month is too short, so he sets goals and measures a quarter at a time.
- Information was the first thing David thought about, but he realized there’s a difference between contentment and absolute joy. That’s why he decided to talk to us about people rather than information. When he thought about what he could do forever, people was the answer—he doesn’t need time away from people.
- David doesn’t remember how his interest in people started, but he attributes it to his parents being social and being one of six children—he prefers living with roommates.
What would an ideal day look like for David? It would switch up, depending on who he wants to hang out with or the seasons. He likes hosting dinner or some kind of events with his friends and maybe going out after; keeping the day easy and having fun at night.
- Who would David like to meet? Elon Musk. David compares it to living in the same time as Albert Einstein. Even though not everything Musk does aligns with David’s views, he has huge respect for the guy.
- When people meet him, David hopes they walk away with a smile.
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