Ed Thompson

Shareable Think Fast
Shareable Think Fast
Ed Thompson

About Think Fast

Think Fast is a mini-episode featuring 10 rapid-fire questions.

Think Fast Questions

What is your favorite podcast?

Neurodiversity with Theo Smith

If you could download one person’s (dead or alive) entire knowledge, wisdom, and memories to add to your own, whose would it be?

Bill Walsh

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

The diffusion of ideas

What would you sacrifice to have that superpower?

Take away my ability to contribute on all other facets.

What will destroy humanity?


What will save humanity?

Really having a sense of this shared human experience because the flip side of the previous one is we all think about ourselves, our families, our friends, our nations. We all wanna put these barriers up. Actually, look, the big things we are facing today are shared around the world. Let’s just appreciate that.

What is a lesson that you wish that you’d learned earlier in your life?

Saying no to things is a lesson I think you get as you get older.

What negative experience in your life are you most happy happened to you?

Four days into my career mentioned this on the podcast, I had a major car accident, broke three bones, major brain bruising. That was kind of baggage that I wore for a long time. But, you know, why am I grateful for it? I mean, look, I wouldn’t be building this company if it wasn’t for that as well. And in the end, you just have to embrace some of these kind of crazy tangents that, your life goes down and make the best of it.

What is your definition of success, and has it changed over time?

Success for me is, I think we talked about this a little bit as well, it’s making a positive contribution to others. What’s so great about that is it’s so addicting. It’s something that you realize once you’re, once you’re doing it, how happy that makes you as well. The basic level, my goals are to do my best for my family and then at a professional level for the world.

What’s one thing everybody listening to this episode should go do today?

Pick up a book that’s either by a neurodivergent author or about neurodiversity.

The Infinity Gauntlet gives the holder the ability to snap their fingers and make anything their mind can imagine into reality. Here’s the catch though: it generally costs the wearer who snaps their fingers their lives. I have this gauntlet, and I’m offering it to you. What would you want to happen?

I take the glove and I think what happens is we have a cohesive, we get rid of nation states, we have a cohesive global identity, democratic global governance. Shared language, shared sense of humanity, and a shared drive to solve the big problems that I mentioned.

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