“I enjoy calculated, managed risks. I fly airplanes, I have a pilot’s license for small aircraft. Also, when I was a boy, I was a beekeeper and I had a lot of fun doing that. Those two hobbies may seem different but the similarity is that both are thinking-type activities and, if you make a mistake, believe me, you know it right away. As an academic, if I make a mistake, I can fix it over the weekend or the week after. But with these hobbies, you have to commit to a particular way of doing something and follow through with it. The feedback is almost instantaneous. Another thing I do periodically is demolition derby. It’s just fun! The first time I did this was in a town near Cornell University. Apparently, they’d never had a Cornell professor in the race before. The person who organized the event found out a professor was racing and I actually received a standing ovation when I crawled out of the car at the end of the race. Yes, my colleagues think I’m a little insane.”—————————————————
Prof. Charles Whitehead is a visiting faculty member in the International Business Law program at CEU’s Department of Legal Studies.