When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Alister Sharp: Exercise a little bit to get some not caffeinated energy in me exercise. 

TG: What gives you energy?
AS: Exercise. Being around positive people. Laughter. 

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
AS: Start and end my day with something that makes me smile (usually a little tv/video that makes me happy). 

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
AS: Here where the sunbeams are green.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
AS: My mom holds onto it when I go to bed. I check it when I first get into bed. 

TG: How do you deal with email?
AS: I check it when I first get into bed. Only about once a day.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
AS: Watch a little tv and/or cook something.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
AS: During a school event that involved hiking trails with sixth graders telling us where to go (they got lost, and there were many hikes). 

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
AS: I made a large mistake on my reverence, however, I realized it probably wasn’t as big of a mistake as I think it was. And no matter what, it isn’t worth very much.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
AS: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. (generic, i know)

Alister Sharp is fourteen and attends an all girls school in Palo Alto, California. She is a dancer and does ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary. She also enjoys writing poetry, coming up with new, albeit messy recipes, eating ice cream, and taking naps.