Team Spotlight 60 Seconds with...
James Brinsden, Programme Manager at CurveGlobal
1. What are you listening to/reading these days?
I’ve just started reading a book called Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke – Andy gave it to me the other day. I was always taught, back in my old army days, that ‘the only bad decision is no decision’, and that ‘hope is not a course of action’.
This book sets out how we often have to make important decisions, based on whatever information we have at the time we make the decision, but that the outcome is not always a favourable one.
The book attests that a poor outcome doesn’t mean that a poor decision was made. For me, this book reinforces my view that: you make decisions; you learn from them; you move on – you don’t regret decisions you made in the past. I think this is a great way to live your life. It frees your mind, enabling you to be happier and more successful in whatever you do.
I have a very varied musical taste. My 18-year-old daughter often laughs at me when she catches me singing along to Taylor Swift or Hailee Steinfeld in the kitchen while cooking. I have to admit to also liking a bit of Heavy Metal. My current favourites are the Danish heavy metal band, Volbeat and American heavy metal band, Disturbed.
2. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Other than my family it would have to be work. Whatever work it is. I couldn’t ever retire. I have to be doing something all the time. Being engaged in producing something in collaboration with others, makes me happiest. I’m not a big one for hobbies!
3. If you could invite any four dinner guests past or present who would you choose?
My four closest friends. I don’t care much for rich and famous people, as interesting as they might be. I’d much rather have a blast with those I care about the most.
4. You can do any job for just one day, what would it be?
A mountain rescue team member. I would love to have the chance to save someone’s life. That must be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
5. Ten years ago, where did you think you would be now?
Working, trying to pay the mortgage and school fees.