Executive Corner – Anna David

July 23, 2019

The Executive Corner is a new weekly feature of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. We send our participants forty questions and ask them to choose twenty they would like to answer. It includes a short profile and a link to their website. We hope you enjoy it.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin or its staff.



Anna David is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books. She’s been published in The New York Times, Time and The LA Times, among many others, and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, The Talk, and The CBS Morning Show, among many other programs. She’s been a featured speaker at three different TedX events and her company, Light Hustle Publishing, helps people write and publish books.

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My most recent book: How to Get Successful by F*cking Up Your Life



Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Cocaine. Sober date is 11/19/2000 but the last time I did coke was, I believe, May of 2000.

Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. The year I studied in Cambridge, England – my junior year in college. It was a program where American students were taught by Cambridge tutors. I went from being in classes all day long to being in class roughly 8 hours a week but assigned 2 classic books a week to read. It was the first time in my life education actually made sense to me.

Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
A. House in a city with a place by the ocean #dreambig

Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Esalan in Big Sure, nude baths and all

Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. Certain noises people make (I have misophonia). Also people who call when they could email.


Q. Radio show, news show?
A. KPCC morning show. Podcast: S-Town, Missing Richard Simmons.

Q. TV/cable/digital series? A. Casual/Hulu, Broad City/Comedy Central

Q. Band/composer/musical artist?
A. JayZ is, I believe, a modern day disciple

Q. Psychology or school of thought as related to psychology?
A. It always comes back to Freud

Q. Sport to watch? To play?
A. Hip hop dance with Ben Allen

Q. Snack?
A. Anything with peanut butter

Q. City?
A. Los Angeles or Seville, Spain

Q. Do you prefer John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Lawrence Block, James Patterson, Scott Turow, Walter Mosley, Stephen King, or Patricia Highsmith?
A. Highsmith, by a mile

Q. Do you take work home with you?
A. Are there people who don’t?

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. We get what we want when we stop insisting on it (David Hawkins, though he didn’t say it to me personally)

Q. PC or Mac?
A. Mac. Always.

Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. I rappelled down the side of the W Hotel for Shatterproof. I used to let my dad fly me around during thunderstorms when he had a Cessna.

Q. What game do you like to play in a casino?
A. Bingo, if it’s available.

Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. When I realized I no longer hated myself and saw that I was in fact pretty awesome.