A Minute with the Masters

Doone O’Doherty, Chief People Officer, PwC
10 Questions adapted from Tim Ferriss’s book ‘Tribe of Mentors’.


What is the book you’ve given most as a gift?

“Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen” by Jacqui Hurley. With a sports-mad husband, two daughters and a gaggle of nieces, this book has been well-thumbed in all of our households.


What purchase of €100 or less has impacted mostly in your life?

My slow cooker – an invaluable investment for a busy family!



How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?

It is not about failing; it is about what you learn from it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t failed. It taught me tremendous self-awareness and an appreciation of what is really important.


Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

“She believed she could, so she did”. I have it above the desk of my home office.



What are the best investments you’ve ever made?

The family dog (and ongoing vet bills!!!). She is the centre of our attention and gives us all a focus.



What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

See No. 7 ref clutter – my family is afraid I will throw them out one day if they stop being useful!


What new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life in the last five years?

I have become ruthless about throwing things out – a lack of clutter gives me great peace of mind.



What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student?

Be yourself – treasure your individuality and remain authentic.


What have you become better at saying no to in the last five years?

I’m still a work in progress.



When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?

See No. 5 above regarding the family dog!


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