“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I want to stay awake at work. Seriously, I want to create a challenging, fulfilling career that will always keep me engaged. Specifically, I hope to help society by entering the medical technology industry because of the opportunity to help prolong people's life and alleviate their pain. I would like to create things – build businesses – either within a larger organization or by nurturing a small venture. I receive a tremendous amount of fulfillment by creating things where they didn't exist before.

However, my goals for this life are much greater than these professional aspirations. Far more important is my desire to be the best husband/father possible, while maintaining a close-knit family characterized by mutual respect and love. I also want to be teachable. My 4-year old son, Taylor, asks me a familiar question each night: "Daddy, what did you learn in school today?" Although the tables seemingly are reversed, with the child asking the parent a variant of this age-old question, it is a tremendous lesson to me about the need to seek after knowledge and learning at all stages of life. Professional mentors have been an important source of wisdom for me, but there are plenty of others: family and friends, my religion (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), service activities ranging from relief work in Croatia to helping my neighbor move furniture, and foreign cultures stretching from Europe to Asia. By holding onto these guiding principles, I hope to stay awake at work and in life.

— Keyne Monson