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 the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Krista Rubenstein: Pet my dog.

TG: What gives you energy?
KR: Exercise.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?
KR: I hate life hacks

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
KR: Whole life- can’t say. The past year- The Moth, The Corrections, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Theory of Everything, Small Great Things.

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
KR: I don’t have a relationship with my phone. It’s a phone. No it does not sleep with me. If I’m lucky I remember to plug it in.

TG: How do you deal with email?
KR: I try to answer email only twice a day and refuse to answer group emails.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
KR: Walk my dog.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
KR: Residency -2000.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
KR: When my mother-in-law died. Still trying.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
KR: “He who saves one life saves all of humanity”- the Koran.