Henry D Sims is a digital marketing fanatic and motorcycle junkie. He dropped out of college (studying Mechanical Engineering and Kinesiology) in order to test out and build his own life where he has an agency that helps entrepreneurs to simplify and strengthen their digital ecosystem.
1. What does thriving mean to you?
Thriving is having passion for the work you do while having the freedom to experience life at the same time.
2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
Curiosity. I’m always trying to learn and figure out what makes some businesses more successful than others.
3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?
I get frustrated if I don’t know how to do something and I want to figure it out. This made it hard for me to outsource and rely on a team to carry out tasks because I wanted to figure out how to do it first instead of putting it in more capable hands.
4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?
Relationships are not to be taken for granted. During COVID, I have strengthened relationships with people that I was already friends with, but have now turned into strong partnerships that have been moving all of us forward.
5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?
I honestly can’t think of one because we tend to forget pain and I’ve grown up in a family that supported failing because it was a way to grow and learn.
6. What did you learn recently?
Recently I’ve been figuring out how to surf!
7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
Wow, I was an absolute goof ball that had not a care about anything except racing motocross.
8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?
I can identify this moment so clearly. I was at an entrepreneurial retreat that showed me a different path in life and a different way to build a career. One of the drills was to identify what you wanted your life to be like, but I had not a clue what I wanted my life to be like. What I did know, was what I didn’t want out of life at the time and I used that to guide me in a better direction. I still identify what I don’t want my life to be like to point me in a more and more defined direction to my ideal life.
9. Is there a book(s) you have read multiple times or a resource you keep going back to?
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan This book’s simple method is one that I try to use all the time to be as proactive as I can.
10. What is your favourite quote or motto?
When you die and your life flashes before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching.
11. What are your top VALUES?
Respect, discipline, being open-minded, and family.
12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
Learn, try, learn, try, learn. I am young and now is still the time where I need to explore opportunities and see what I most enjoy.
13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Too many people are ready to make excuses to avoid hard work and they just settle. I am fortunate to be friends with people that refuse to settle and have done amazing things. That work ethic makes me push myself all the time and I want people to know that hard work brings about amazing results.
14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?
If I started a podcast and could simply pick someone to be on it, I would be very interested to have Russell Brunson on it because he is not a developer or programmer yet he was able to popularize a sales funnel software into one of the most mainstream tools among digital entrepreneurs. I’ve already read a book of his and would love to personally pick his brain.
15. What are you thankful for?
My family. No doubt about it, I would not be who I am and given the opportunities that I have been without them.
16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?
Firstly, I empathize for them but at the same time life isn’t fair and everyone has had different experiences and opportunities. If you want your life to be some way, there truly is nothing getting in your way from making that happen. If anything, use it as motivation to create change.
17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?
I have a hard time looking that far back, but what does pop into my mind was about a month ago I was sitting out in the ocean on my surfboard and a pack of 10 dolphins were interested in me so they started swimming between my feet and playing around me for about half an hour. It was such an unreal and beautiful experience.
18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
Oh man, I can remember a moment as a freshman in high school that at the time was horrifying, but now is hilarious to think back on. It was final exams week and I was beyond stressed out. During one of my exams, I was so focused on the exam that I completely forgot I was even in a public place. In the dead quiet room I just casually farted. It wasn’t until 5 seconds later that I realized what I did and I just froze. This cold shock went through my body and I kept my head down and continued with my test. I have no clue how the rest of the students in that room did not laugh because I probably would have. Even now, thinking about it makes me chuckle.
19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
Dumb people, or maybe not because they make me look smarter.
20. What rule should we be breaking?
Anything about following the societal norms that were established so long ago. College -> job -> house -> family -> etc. Your life is yours. Do what you want with it otherwise you’ll regret it.
21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
I have a list of things, but one of the items on it is to race my motorcycle around the famous Mugello MotoGP Circuit in Italy.
22. There are 12 step programs for addiction recovery. If you had to come up with a program for THRIVING what would the steps be?
A two-step cycle. Write down what you want to avoid in life -> move -> repeat. You’ll narrow your direction more and more until you’ve created a life that doesn’t involve what you don’t want and does involve what you do want.
23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
I would say my dad, but he has already been showcased on ThriveMasters!
24. How can people connect with you?