words to live by “My grandmother had many sayings, many in either French or Yiddish. One that has stuck with me is: ‘Be good, be sweet, be kind, but be hardboiled.’ I did not fully understand it at the time, but it basically means ‘To your own self be true.’ Another was ‘Neb de gelt,’ which means ‘Go for the gold!’”
H. Michael Hindman, AIA Pr es i den t, H . M ic h a el H in dm a n A r c hi t ec t s , P.C .
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES
IF YOU WEREN’T AN ARCHITECT,
A GOOD LEADER?
WHAT WOULD YOUR CAREER BE?
A good leader chooses a team wisely, assigns
I have always had interests at opposite ends
tasks that are reasonable and challenging, is
of the spectrum. I love working with kids, and
willing to do the work themselves, and knows
I have always enjoyed working with older
when to get out of the way.
adults. For many years, I was a soccer coach and Sunday school teacher. So, maybe now I
WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE
should consider geriatrics. I could work with
TAKEN IN YOUR CAREER?
oldsters or wait just a short while and be one.
In 1991, I flew to the Houston home office to discuss the future of our Nashville office of which
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO SLEEP, WHAT
I was in charge. As I was leaving, my wife said,
WOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME?
“Don’t do anything stupid.” Upon my return,
I do know how to relax, and sleep does not get in
I said, “Guess what? I now own my own com-
the way. I can watch old movies and sleep at the
pany!” Her response: “You mean you are unem-
same time. That’s multi-tasking!
ployed.” Leaving a secure job to go out on my own was my biggest risk and my best decision. June 2019 | Franklin Lifestyle
June 2019 Issue of Franklin Lifestyle