Interviewee: Dan Himes (he/him)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Helping people be productive, grow their business and find life satisfaction while doing it. You may not always want to hear what I have to say, but you should listen anyway.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I’m a small business owner, husband, dad, sailor, and former community college physics professor. I know firsthand how challenging it can be to wear multiple hats.
I developed Study Swami, a time management and study skills website for college students. In the process of bringing it to market I became involved with other entrepreneurs who confided in me that they, too, struggled with time management. Although they were getting tips and “hacks” from videos (or in some cases even courses), most fell back into their struggle because they didn’t have a process that used their tools effectively.
So I made the bizworklife website as a place to get no-bs help.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
At the prompting of my wife, a writer, I took my Time Management course that was geared for entrepreneurs and modified it for “creatives,” who are often struggling to find time to write that novel or paint that scene. My hope is that more people will dare to try once they see that it’s possible. Because one thing is very clear to me: Our culture has suffered because of a lack of emphasis on culture.
When I was a young professor, the world of higher education started making cuts to their programs in order to keep the cost of college down and to shorten the time it took for the average student to get their bachelor’s degree. The time to complete was rising up to 5 years and more back then, which meant 25% more in tuition and fees for the parents to pay. They were angry, they wrote their legislators, and the cuts began.
The cuts, of course, came mostly from the Humanities side of campus, because STEM, of which I was/am a part, was seen as critical to the future. Perhaps it was.
But one thing is clear: We have totally suffered as a nation because of this decision. Look at us now. Look how we treat each other, how we have no respect for other viewpoints or cultures.
Art reflects the ethics, morality, and character of a culture. As Frederich Nietzsche said, “The truth is ugly: We have art so as not to perish from the truth.“
What was the last book you read or film you watched that made an impact on you?
“Rocket Man” (I’m fashionably late watching film.)
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I call myself a “fundamentalist Buddhist,” which is a little tongue-in-cheek but emphasizes that I agree with the basic philosophy of Buddhism but not any of the “branches.”