George Dorian is a long-timer at Motivation Excellence! He’s a fixture in our IT department, helping our clients and internal team develop useful websites and data processing procedures. Read more below to find out his history with the horror industry, why he feels so connected to his co-workers and wisdom on flexibility of thought. Thanks George for sharing!
What’s your title and how long have you been at Motivation Excellence?
Business Applications Developer/Database Analyst and I’ve been here on and off for 21 years.
What does your job entail?
Building technology solutions for all kinds of enterprise needs, mostly program administration; usually translates into creating some logical model, and then building infrastructure/coding, and testing/deploying a deliverable.
What’s something special about working at Motivation Excellence that you’d like to share?
Co-workers are always buying my daughter gifts – this goes directly to my heart and immediately builds a very strong bond between us.
What’s your favorite part of your job at Motivation Excellence?
The problem solving and the people I work with.
What’s an unknown or odd talent you have?
People have always shared very personal problems with me and asked for advice, since I was a child.
What motivates you to accomplish things in your life (work or personal)?
Inner drive, a sense of duty –part of my identity.
What do you enjoy doing outside work?
Spending time with my family. Learning new things. Music. Reading. Art. Bookstores. Libraries. Museums. Movies. Concerts (remember when?).
One thing that always makes you laugh is?
What have you done that helped you get through the pandemic?
Work out a lot more, more art projects – day trips to local prehistoric sites are probably the best new hobby to come out of it.
What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
I briefly worked retail and horror convention security.
This month, our theme for social media is mental flexibility. How do you relate to this theme? Any tips on how you try to be flexible in thought?
I would fail at my job if my mind was rigid, never mind how boring life would be – and boring can be worse than bad.
Flexibility of mind comes from habits, and must be exercised, just like your body’s flexibility, and it’s heavily woven into your personal development and growth. You have to practice opening your mind, it doesn’t happen naturally – just like being fit.
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Practice every morning – try and think of six impossible things – for your own amusement. Challenge yourself, continually question everything, including the question itself, and your preconceptions. Surround yourself with people who will creatively challenge you. Listen. Discuss. Read (or get an audiobook or Blinkist – no excuses anymore). Every book is at least one person’s wisdom, mine it for the gems that impact you and help you grow. Try and view everything as a learning opportunity. What did I learn from seeing that movie? That video? No one knows everything. Going from imagination to reality is sometimes difficult, but you can’t go the other way. Start from a cosmic view, and then whittle away the constraints of your time and your place.
Until she invents a Time Machine, then start all over again. 😉