Ten questions with Dubbo director Scott Christian
13 August 2015
From pottering in a vegie patch to his OCD with cupboard doors being left open - we take a look at Scott’s childhood memories, important lessons learned in life and quirky habits.
1. What are three words to describe you?
Depends who you ask. I would like to think direct, driven, decisive, but it really depends on the setting.
2. What is your favourite childhood memory?
As a young child, sitting on the front gate post waiting for Dad to come home from work. Dad typically worked from home and I was used to being around him – so when he worked away I missed him a lot. The front gate was a couple of hundred metres from the house so me disappearing to the gate certainly caused Mum some worry as I was only 5 or 6. It’s my favourite memory as it reminds me of Dad being my hero as a young boy.
3. What is the best advice you ever received?
It’s not really advice that I’ve received, but a favourite quote is “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” I often feel very lucky, but to view it as purely as luck belies the hard work along the way.
4. What was the most important thing you learned in school?
Learn to learn. It was the mantra of my year 11 Business Studies teacher; he thought it was best to equip us to be able to continue learning in a world that was continually evolving. At the time I didn’t think much of it but now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can really see the value in what he said.
5. What is one goal — either personal or professional — that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?
I’m not sure one goal is enough! At the moment my goals focus around my stage in life – newly married – so it’s about starting a family, paying off a mortgage, and finishing renovating our house.
But the longer term goal is travel – I haven’t travelled overseas at all and would really like to start rectifying that.
6. What was the last book you read?
Master Tax Guide! I spend so much time in front of a screen or reading in the office that it’s the last thing I want to do to relax. As such my hobbies are more active – renovating, gardening, motorbikes, sport etc.
7. Do you have a talent, hobby or interest that would surprise people?
A lot of people who I meet professionally are very surprised that I play rugby. I’ve played for over 10 years but am coming to the end of my playing days.
My home vegie garden is probably my favourite hobby at the moment and that combined with the adjoining chookyard is something I share with my step-son Angus.
8. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
Mobile phone car kit – I would be totally lost without it.
9. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have?
I can’t stand a cupboard door left open – I always close them – even if I have to open them straight up again. It’s a bit OCD – which is at odds with other messy habits I have. It’s something that I’ve always done that I can’t really explain.
10. Finish this sentence. Boyce to me is…
Not everything, but close to it. I started at Boyce at age 18, straight out of school, as I was about to commence uni. Boyce has shaped my life so much since then; where I live, my professional education, and even shaping who I am as a person – my professional growth has shaped my personal growth. There are always challenges but the positives heavily outweigh any small negatives. I’ve made lifelong friends over my time at Boyce (both with clients and fellow team members) and the camaraderie is unique.