Quick Fire Questions w/ Beck Bamberger

Our brand new series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?
One of my favorites recently is: life by design, not by default. 

Favorite guilty pleasure?
A massive cheese plate. I could eat cheese and bread for dinner every day (I don’t).

Best meal you’ve ever eaten on your travels?
Sushi at about 7am in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auction in this six seat little shack right in the center of the whole scene. 

What’s your favorite book?
Man, I read 3 or 4 books a month - there are so many I haven’t even touched yet. The answer depends on my mood. Right now, I’m going with Find A Way by Diana Nyad, the 60-something year old who made four attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida. She made it on the 4th try, which was the first time anyone did it without a cage, and she survived sharks, lethal jellyfish, no sleep for 3 days, and a whole array of ridiculous barriers. The feat itself is impressive, but the fact that she’s about to get Social Security is uncanny.

What does being weird mean to you?
“Weird” no longer has a negative connotation and seems to now be considered a desirable label. Weird means something is an outlier, against the grain, and in most cases, doesn’t give a f*ck about being on the fringes. The most talented people on the planet, from Olympic medalists to self-made billionaires, are all weirdos.

Who or what inspires you?
When I get to witness someone being the very best at something and loving it whether anyone is watching or not, damn, that’s inspiring. I recently saw Flyin Bach, the global breakdancer group. You can’t fathom how those guys move, and they’d be perfecting those moves whether on the street or on a huge stage.

Biggest pet peeve?
Uptalk. I want to slap people.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Nothing is personal,” from The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. We take things personally when we are being self-important.

Most memorable uncomfortable experience?
Each experience has its own particular moments which are probably burned into my brain for life. I’ll go with the Zen Buddhist retreat, which was over the course of four days. No eye contact, no speaking. That was unusual and oddly freeing.

Beck’s Bio: When you meet Beck, she’ll tell you she’s obsessed with experience.  She says it’s the only thing we leave the planet with, and this collection of experiences shapes our entire lives. You can buy stuff, you can collect things, but what tells your story and fills your life is a collective of experiences. The companies she’s interested in and has created are all based around having a particular kind of experience. BAM Communications, her PR Firm, makes you feel famous. Bite, San Diego’s top rated and largest food tour company in the county, helps you experience food bliss. Get ready to get weird, as we learn from one of San Diego’s most creative entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still room! Head over to our registration page to join us this Friday to hear Beck talk about ‘Weird’.