Years ago when I was active in Toastmasters I met someone who immediately got my attention.Â It isnât just Bil Mooreâs dynamic speaking ability that intrigues me, but his sense of who he is as a person.Â Bil is the kind of guy you meet and instantly canât help but talk to because he radiates positivity and heâs approachable.Â Bil is also someone I look up to because of his incredible self-discipline. Â When we used to work out at the same gym he was consistently there, and I wasnât.Â
I wanted to profile Bil because he often teaches me new things, and Iâm sure he is not aware of it.Â He is just being himself.Â I think youâll understand by reading his answers.
Who/what inspires you?
I get inspired by so many things. Many of the choices I have made in my life were inspired by my dad. We didn’t have a good relationship as I was growing up, so I always wanted to be as different from him as possible. Maybe that’s reverse inspiration?
Just this morning I was inspired by a little girl on the plane. She was dressed in Disney princess gear from head to toe and was headed to Disneyworld with her parents. As the plane took off, I listened as she let out little squeals of excitement. People seeing the world for the first time or in a different way helps me remember how good my life is.
Probably my biggest inspiration is my wife, Tobi. Her drive and intelligence amazes me almost daily and, to blatantly steal from Jerry Maguire, “she makes me want to be a better man.”
Do you have a slogan, motto or mantra?
If you try to please everybody, you’ll end up very average.
Do you have a lesson or thought to share?
I come from a different background and educational standpoint than many people. Because of that, I encountered certain barriers in my career and personal life. But in reality, everybody has barriers; they could be related to race, gender, geography, or family. While these roadblocks may make things more difficult, they are by no means impossible.
We live in the greatest country on earth where we are provided opportunity on a daily basis. When that opportunity knocks, people just need to answer the door.
How do you deal with stress?
I am not one of those people that yells and screams when I’m stressed. Typically, I’ll try to get some alone time. Going to a movie by myself, walking through the mall, or just driving around town. It gives me time to think and realize that it’s probably a much smaller deal than I originally thought.
I also love to stay active and workout, but I admittedly fall off that wagon frequently. When I am in “workout mode”, that also alleviates stress.
Anything you want to add; words of wisdom?
1. Shave against the grain
2. Pay for quality
3. Never stop learning