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?
Andrew Thompson: Stretch.

TG: What gives you energy?
AT: My work.

TG: What’s a daily habit or practice that helps you thrive?
AT: Optimism.

TG: Name a book that changed your life.
AT: Washington’s Crossing by David Hacket Fischer.

TG:Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
AT: Never.

TG: How do you deal with email?
AT: Quickly.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
AT: Call my family.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
AT: Can’t remember.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
AT: Not getting digital medicine NDA approval the first time we applied. We overcame that by taking FDA feedback and applying again. (Sometimes it takes more than one try to make history…)

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
AT: Strength and peace: I know the plan I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.