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.

TG: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Look around and be glad I’m alive.

TG: What gives you energy?

What seems to me to be a great idea.

TG: What’s your secret life hack?

To have won an Academy Award on my own.

TG: Name a book that changed your life. 

End of the Road, by John Barth

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
Collateral and irritating.

TG: How do you deal with email?
Deal with it as it comes.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?

Take a break and enjoy the life

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?

When Jeff Bewkes fired me from the company I had created for forty years and my acknowledgement it was the correct thing to do.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it? 

When I showed some people the last film I directed, and I realized it was not going to win anything, except maybe the appreciation of the audience it was made for.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.

“Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for.”