Dr Naomi Proust Questionairre

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I want to say, just tolerating all the sh* that I’ve had to endure to make it to where I am, but let’s be positive here LOL. I think work-wise it is being true to my decades-long goal of helping transform people so they can achieve their life goals.

On the personal side, it’s having a simple and tight family and a few good friends in my life where it’s all love.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Going to Hawaii/New York with my kids. Going to get coffee in the morning, wandering around, doing a bit of shopping and eating and if we get time binge watching great TV in our hotel room together.

What is your current state of mind?

I’m in a creative spurt due to some challenges/opportunities. Obstacles always helps me focus on creativity.

What is your favorite occupation?

I like doing the strategy for projects and then having a great implementer and then seeing it through to the end and then doing it all over again. I do this in real estate and in my businesses.

What is your most treasured possession?

Weirdly I don’t have one. I obviously keep my income-producing investments but that’s a business-thing so there’s no emotional attachment. I often give away possessions, because I end up with too many and get sick of them holding me down. I want to keep them moving and making people happy. I move house a lot and that’s always my opportunity for a giveaway and a refresh. Possessions come and go. I’m not attached to them.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My mum. Noone cares more for me than her.

What is your favorite journey?

That plane to Honolulu of course and then that ride home in the car with my husband on the way back.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I think probably my stamina and ability to see patterns.

When and where were you the happiest?

I don’t live in the past, I get happier every year.

What is it that you most dislike?

People with no dignity or empathy. I’ve learnt over the years, the key is to diagnose this early in people and banish them.

What is your greatest fear?

My mum, husband or kids dying or getting sick.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I don’t cook and I rarely drive.

I’ve stopped my luxury fashion addiction. It definitely used to be Chanel.

Getting to choose the people I’m surrounded by is also a big luxury.

Which living person do you most despise?

I have a list of people who have been exceptionally evil to me despite my kindness and generosity to them. I used to find this confronting/disturbing, but I’ve met more people in similar situations to me and after talking to them, this is apparently a “normal” thing to happen to leaders in business.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t have any. It’s not a regret, but I always wonder what my life would have been if I’d chosen to study architecture or IT rather than medicine. Also I wonder what my life would have been like if rather than focusing on real estate investment from my 20s, I’d chosen to invest more in my cosmetic business at that time.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Rapping

Where would you like to live?

In anonymity in Waikiki, NYC, Sydney.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

I’d imagine it’s the death of a loved one, which I haven’t experienced yet.

At one stage of my life I had people around me who actively wished me harm. It was horrible to endure but also a great learning experience about boundaries, and avoiding getting in that position again.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness, empathy.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Kindness, empathy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Sugar addiction, food addiction. Not being able to control myself with all these processed and unprocessed snacks.

Also I wish I could control my mind to love exercise.

What do you most value in your friends?

Laughing through our miseries, intelligence, kindness, sense of fun, camp.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Lack of reasonableness. People who can’t take responsibility for themselves. When ppl’s egos make them their own worst enemy.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Jack Reacher types

Whose are your heroes in real life?

My mum, she believes in having a “servant Heart” she’s just too good.

Which living person do you most admire?

Jeff Bezos in terms of business, it’s about the complexity of the systems he’s created. It’s really impressive. I also just love Tom Wolfe as a writer and how he observes humans. I love the creator of Succession, now that is f’ing art/talent.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Dont’ know

On what occasions do you lie?

As an introvert, I do a weird thing and try to mostly give my default answer of no to event invitations, and immediately say I have something on. I used to say yes and then I would be stressed for weeks anticipating it, and I couldn’t cancel because I would feel guilty. This way, I can avoid hurting ppl’s feelings and I can relieve my own anxiety around events and avoid burnout, which I’ve had a big problem with over the years.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Ask my kids, I think I use a lot of online language, IRL, TLDR, things like that. One of my team at my clinic said I need to supply a Naomi dictionary to new team members as she didn’t know what I was talking about for the first year. I love Aussie slang eg Rank, Gronk and I also love creative swearing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My sh*tty cancer ridden pale skin.

What are your favorite names?

Hmmm, when naming my daughter I had a list of 50-100.

How would you like to die?

In my sleep, or maybe if I knew my life was going to be ending horribly, maybe a morphine overdose like get really out of it slowly with all my people around me and say goodbye and then go through that tunnel with the light at the end of it.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

As a lonely and obsessed person’s dog or cat. Where they just want to pamper me all day. Or anything that can fly.

What is your motto?

Circumstances what are circumstances, I make circumstances 🙂 (credit to Napoleon)

THE MANSE