Conner Moore is the Founder of The Realness Media, an audio adventure that brings a raw and candid approach to personal development. He is a lover of communication, interaction, and problem-solving. Moore is passionate about partnerships based on reciprocity and engagement in connection-driven growth.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in the small town of Graham, Texas. It might seem counterintuitive, but I’m grateful for the close-minded nature of that life. It gave me the opportunity to truly seek more and geared me up to question everything. I resented so much of my time there, but when I look back now I realize how much the desire to change helped me grow.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That financial responsibility is important to living a fulfilling life. This is something that I had to learn on my own later in life and I wish I would have had more of a focus here early in life.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
I hear people manipulating facts, stats, and reality for their own benefit while pretending they are unbiased and fair. This boils down to advising people to trust them for everything instead of encouraging them to pursue diverse perspectives on issues that matter.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
I owned a gym for a couple of years in my late 20’s that went down in (metaphorical) flames. My takeaway from the experience was the realization that you can do something for the right reasons, work your ass off, and still fail. Accepting the possibility of failure is necessary when taking risks. There is power in this self-honesty that leads to a more courageous life.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Questioning everything always.
What is your morning routine?
Wake up at about 5:30 am, snuggle with dogs that wake me up, walk to the coffee shop, sip on coffee and journal my thoughts until I feel clear-headed.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Accepting the validity of views that I don’t agree with. This shifted my entire outlook on conflict and compassion.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Microdosing LSD and doing stuff that I actually give a fuck about. It’s easier to stay focused when what you’re doing matters to you.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
This book did so much for the way that I express myself in my personal life and career. The success of this book showed me that there are a lot of people that resonate with an honest and aggressive approach to commentary on politics, life, and relationships.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” – Alan Watts
This reminds me that the nature of life is experience and diversity of experience is a powerful asset.