Interview with Zack Domes – Disciple of Simplicity

Zack Domes is a fiery red head who, through his blog http://simplezack.com(10 points for simple, clean design and simple domain name), gives insight into life, family, theology and all things simple. Yeah I know what you’re thinking – it seems like everyone is jumping on the “simple” bandwagon. HOWEVER, Zack practices what he preaches; [pqr]he has been TV free for the last 2 years[/pqr]. Amazing. Despite his young age he speaks as a man much older and much wiser.

In this interview he allows us to peer into his unique mentality while talking about his heroes, what motivates him and his goals for the future.

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The Interview

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Zack Domes

Name: Zack Domes
Born: May 31, 1988 (age 20)
Occupation: Writer, Blogger

What challenges do you face in your line of work, and have you ever felt like giving up?::

My line of work is simply college and anything else I can find on the side, like freelance, blogging, and community work.  I’ve never felt like giving up because I’m learning productivity skills now and not later in life.  So many times, I hear of people who have become so unproductive, that it is almost impossible for them to change.  By having the great opportunity to accumulate productivity skills in college, I should be well situated in the future.

What does your work environment look like?::

I’m either working on my laptop or working on campus.

St. Bonaventure University

What do you consider greatest failure and why?::

My greatest failure was not being as social as I should have in high school.  I plan on doing as much community service and volunteer programs as I can, so gaining better social skills when I was younger would have been essential.

What do you consider your greatest achievement and why?::

For two years now I’ve been TV free and extremely happy.  I live a very simple and very happy life.

How have you thrived despite negative comments from others? ::

Ever since I can remember I have been gifted with the ability to not get attached to things or thoughts.  If someone ever negatively commented me or something belonging to me, I didn’t get depressed or mad because I didn’t think of it as being “mine”.  This basic non-egoic state or non-attachment lead me to authentic happiness and in a way, mental stability.

Who (and or what) inspires, motivates you?::

Henry David Thoreau is inspiring for his simplicity.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama is inspiring for his present day compassion.  Other inspirations of mine include Leo Babauta from http://www.zenhabits.net and Steve Pavlina for their productivity.

Do you have any favorite quotes, pictures, internet links that you would like to share?::

  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ” – Dalai Lama
  • “Our life is frittered away by detail.  Simplify, simplify!” – Henry David Thoreau

What are the most important things you have learned in your life so far?::

To always be caring towards everyone, be aware of the present moment, and that non-attachment does not mean non-love.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?::

I am creative, I’m a quick learner, and I’m interested in almost everything.

What are you goals for the future?::

Achieve a Masters Degree in Theology, become a successful freelancer/blogger, and volunteer often.

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simple zack [Online Blog]

zdomerr on Flickr [Online Images]

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