Archetypes: Bill Donius
This month, I sat down with Bill Donius, former CEO of Pulaski bank and author of the soon-to-be-released book, “The Thought Evolution: Unlocking Right Brain Creativity.” We used a new approach to the Archetypes interviewinspired by Bills revolutionary exercise of accessing the creative/intuitive insight of our right brain by writing answers to the
What is your current mood or state of mind?
Left Brain: Energized. Right Brain: Delighted to be alive.
What makes you happy?
Left Brain: Both the simple pleasures and the complex. Right Brain: Being with friends and family and being in beauty and nature.
What is your idea of misery?
Left Brain: Having to work outside in St. Louis in July. Right Brain: A world where there is no love.
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Left Brain: A latte with lactose milk. Right Brain: Enjoyed a conversation with a brilliant neuroscientist vising from Chicago.
What’s one word that describes you?
Left Brain: Passionate. Right Brain: Lover.
What trait do you value most in others?
Left Brain: Intelligence. Right Brain: Honesty.
What’s your favorite occupation?
Left Brain: Creating. Right Brain: Being able to assist others.
Who would you most like to be?
Left Brain: Leonardo Da Vinci.
Right Brain: Columbus.
What’s your favorite color?
Left Brain: There isn’t one. It’s the relationship between colors that I’m drawn to. But if I’m forced, orange. Right Brain: The color of sunset.
What is your favorite food?
Left Brain: Pretzels.
Right Brain: What nourishes the soul.
What food do you like the least?
Left Brain: Anchovies.
Right Brain: A meal with somebody I don’t respect.
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?
Left Brain: Albert Einstein.
Right Brain: Michelangelo.
What vice do you most tolerate in others?
Left Brain: Thriftiness. Right Brain: Stupidity.
What talent do you wish you had?
Left Brain: Extreme sports skills.
Right Brain: Brevity in communication.
Who is your favorite artist?
Left Brain: Frank Stella.
Right Brain: The one who paints the truth.
What excites you?
Left Brain: Discovering the beauty in nature.
Right Brain: Transformation.
What do you consider a turnoff?
Left Brain: Dishonest people. Right Brain:Those who feel they cannot live their destiny.
What do you love?
Left Brain: My partner, family, friends, nature, celebrations,art, music, beaches and the mountains.
Right Brain: The opportunity to have an unobstructed path in life.
What do you hate?
Left Brain: Obnoxious people, 100-degree days, cars that won’t start and traffic delays. Right Brain:A world without love and compassion.
What are you most looking forward to?
Left Brain: A month in Cape Cod. Right Brain: The opportunity to share my work with the world.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
Left Brain: World peace. Right Brain: People would learn to embrace each other’s differences rather than reject.
What’s something interesting that you just learned?
Left Brain: The role the prefrontal cortex plays indecision making, specifically in judgment. Right Brain: I should not hesitate to take right/left-brain work into a setting.
What’s something you want to learn?
Left Brain: How to be more patient and how to speak Spanish. Right Brain: How I can be more effective in delivering my message.
What is your personal motto?
Left Brain: Carpe diem. Right Brain: Be not afraid, be yourself and have faith.
Photo credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW