Our 260th Dad in the Limelight is Ari Meisel. I want to thank Ari for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
In 2006, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an incurable disease of the digestive tract. My case was severe, and required over a dozen daily medications and several hospital visits. After reaching a personal low point in hospital, I decided he would do everything in my power to strengthen my by then weak body. Through a combination of yoga, nutrition, natural supplements and rigorous exercise (Ironmanand Crossfit) i was able to fight back the symptoms of Crohn’s until I was finally able to suspend my medication. Eventually I was declared free of all traces of the ‘incurable’ disease, and competed in Ironman France in June of 2011. I has since spoken at seminars and at a regional TED Talk about my struggle against a seemingly insurmountable opponent. Through the process of data collection, self tracking, and analysis, I helped develop Less Doing. This was a way of dealing with the daily stresses of life by optimizing, automating, and outsourcing all of my tasks in life and business. Now I focus on Achievement Architecture, helping individuals be more effective at everything.
2) Tell me about your family
My son Benjamin is 7 months old and he is my absolute obsession. My wife Anna is a yoga instructor and one of the reasons I’m alive today.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
I thought it would be balancing life and work but the biggest challenge turned out to be forcing myself to spend some more time apart from Ben for his sake so he can be with other people (other than my wife and I) and not be upset. The first time I spent 4 hours away from him I almost had chest pains I missed him so much.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Even as babies they really can tell you what they need and want, learning to listen, and find a good balance between what you think they want and what you think they should be doing makes for a happy baby.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
I specialize in productivity coaching, I teach people how to free up there time to do the things you want to do, I try to follow my own advice and so far it’s worked.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
That every baby is different in so many ways, there are very few commonalities which makes for some very interesting war stories.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
It is honestly the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, we still live our lives and socialize with friends but every decision we make centers around our child and we really love it.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I feel like every day there is a new and notable change, like when he had his first bath, first solid food, first crawl and first attempt at standing up. The “firsts” are the best.
If you can send me the answers to the above questions as well as a picture of yourself and any other pictures you would like included in your post.
If you have any questions for Ari, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!