Q&A with Joshua Myers, Forty Under 40 winner 2020; Executive director, BC Centre for Ability, Age 36
Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?
The “who” is my dad and the “what” is the inspiration I get from the impact the organizations I’ve served are having in the community.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Teen pop music.
What is the best book you would recommend?
The Ordinary Leader – Randy Grieser.
Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself?
Challenging my assumptions, widening my perspectives and growing as a person and father.
Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: Rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.
Name your happiest place.
Cycling up the Callaghan Valley Road in Whistler.
What was your toughest business or professional decision?
Where to focus attention and resources when there’s not enough to go around and the needs are great everywhere.
Advice you would give your 20-year-old self?
It’s going to be hard, but it’s totally worth it.
What is your best habit?
Probably my commitment to triathlon and the physical and psychological benefits of training as an outlet.
Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.
My first flight on an airplane was when I was 26.
Best piece of advice ever received?
As a student intern, a supervisor made me chair an important meeting on my first day and said: “Fake it until you make it!”
What career highlight are you most proud of?
I’m really proud of the teams I’ve had the privilege of leading and witnessing the power of humble, compassionate leadership.