This week, Dominique Dawes — 10 year member of the U.S. gymnastics team, an Olympic gold medal winner, and advocate for the National Parks Foundation — answers our questions.
What’s the first piece of media you consume every day?
It would definitely have to be Good Morning America on in the background. I don't always hear it, but that’s where I first hear about the day's news.
Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read.
I'm a stay at home mom, so reading today is strictly of children's books. My favorite is Nancy Tillman, and I agree with everything she writes.
Who is the person who has most influenced the way you think?
I would have to say that my husband influences the way that I think most today, but that of course wasn't always the case.
When was the last time you changed your mind about something?
Right now! I'm always changing my mind, because I overthink everything all the time.
What’s your worst intellectual habit?
My worst intellectual habit has to be overanalyzing everything. I do it all the time, because there are too many options in this world.
What inspires you to learn?
Today, my girls inspire me to learn. Knowing that I am my kids' first teacher in life, I do everything that I can do so they can enjoy all the knowledge that I provide to them.
What do you need to believe in order to get through the day?
What I need to get through the day is hope that there is another day, and that today I left something good in its wake.
What’s a view that you hold but can’t defend?
Washing dishes is a waste of time, which is why everyone should use paper plates; it saves times and arguments with your spouse.
What book have you recommended the most?
You can read last week’s edition of 9 questions with Bill Nye here.