Remember the interview I did for Blogger Dad?

Shortly after that, Stephen Hopson of Adversity University asked if I would agree to do an interview for him, too. I said “yes”.

Stephen’s questions are a little different than Blogger Dad’s.

Here’s a sampling from part one (it’s a two part interview).

What do you consider your proudest achievement in life? In this answer I share an incident that became a turning point in my life.

What is your dark side? This was a tough one to answer as I’m normally an upbeat, positive person. But as you’ll find out, there are some things don’t tolerate.

What is your secret to receiving so many comments on your blog? My secret is………..

Sorry, you’ll have to read the interview to find out my answer.

Here’s a link to the interview: Stephen Hopson Interview With Barbara Swafford, Part 1 of 2

See you there!


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  1. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Barbara. Terrific interview! That was quite a story you shared about your trip to the west coast — a real adventure. I can almost see you and your friend sleeping in the car. There must have been some uncertainty, but I can’t help imagine that you two must have had a blast too! And, I LUV’d how you stood up to that manager in that job interview — way to go!

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  2. As I sit here this glorously bright sunny Fall day, I cannot contain my excitement and enthuasism at the avalanche of responses my interview has generated with you!

    I agree with Davina about the “cross country drive and became penniless” story. It was incredibly inspiring and I felt as if I were watching a movie screen display what you went through.

    Very exciting stuff. Can’t wait for Part II. 🙂

    Stephen Hopson´s last blog post..Weekend Update: Six Ways I Managed to Win the Humorous Speech District Finals

  3. You tease! hehehehe
    I’m off to go read the interview now.

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  4. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I was going to wait for the movie, but I decided to read the interview. What a great volley of insights. I think the lessons you learned about self-reliance help explain your warrior princess AV. Your strength comes from within and that’s a great source of power. Nothing beats inner strength.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Training Mindset and Trusting Mindset

  5. It was an excellent interview. I don’t know how I missed that you are in the excavation business. I could have used an honest excavator. I once built a building and the rock clauses, extras and every other unknown contingencies drove me nuts. I’ll bet you’ve learned some excellent negotiation skills over the years.

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  6. TarotByArwenNo Gravatar says:

    I used to work for a company that dealt with contractors of all sizes. I loved my excavation folk. It seemed that every person who liked digging also enjoyed blowing things up. HA! Does excavation naturally go with demolition?

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  7. HarmonyNo Gravatar says:

    You are a woman of such diversity! And becoming quite the celeb yourself! 🙂

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  8. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Davina – Yes, I had some read adventures in my life. They’re all great memories and learning experiences.

    Hi Stephen – Thanks again for the opportunity. I’m working on part 2. You ask the greatest questions.

    Hi John – Hope you like the interview.

    Hi J.D. – You’re good for the ego. Warrior Princess? 🙂

    Hi Tom – Yes, if we’re not careful we can get ripped off by unscrupulous contractors. I know all about rock clauses and extras. We always try to educate our customers prior to inserting a rock clause in our contracts as if they’re not careful a contractor can easily rip them off. That’s another story, but not one suitable for this blog. 🙂

    Hi Tarot – Welcome to the BWAB community. Haha. Yes, demolition goes hand in hand with excavation. The guys LOVE those demo jobs.

    Hi Harmony – Celeb? Oh, I don’t know if we can go that far. But, my life has been diverse.

  9. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – what a great interview. I learned things about you that I never knew.

    That was really brave of you to ask to be promoted and it obviously paid off. Good for you.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..YOU Have Never Been More Powerful

  10. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Catherine – Sometimes we have to stick out neck out, don’t we. The worse thing that can happen is we are told “no”.

    Glad you liked the interview. Part two airs next week.

  11. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Great interview and it shows that you are a go-getter and have done very well for yourself. That is what I call “cool!” 🙂

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  12. Great interview. I hope you enjoyed the interview experience.

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  13. Barbara, what an interesting interview! We got to see a lot about you that we didn’t already know. Do you ever chew gum while blogging?

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  14. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda – Thanks for the great compliment. 🙂

    Hi Stacey – Thanks. Yes, the interview process was actually fun.

    Hi Hunter – LOL. No, I rarely chew gum anymore.

  15. You were very brave for going to Chicago to work as a nanny. I remember when I was 15 and I don’t think I could have done that. It’s those experiences that make us stronger.

    I love interviews! They give me a different perspective that I never would have thought to ask myself.

    Karl Staib – Your Work Happiness Matters´s last blog post..50/50 Effect

  16. Hi Barbara,
    I really enjoyed the interview — Stephen does such a great job of asking questions and I feel I really got to know a lot of interesting things about you! I have seen your blog comments on many I visit and have really enjoyed coming by and reading your posts. Nice to meet you and I hope we get to talk more soon! Gratefully, Jenny

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  17. MayaNo Gravatar says:


    Wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing all those inspiring details from your life. It is amazing how you grew yourself from just 2 bucks ….very very inspiring!

    And so true – what you said about people not helping themselves. I totally agree with you on that. I find these posts about YOU very very interesting 🙂

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  18. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Great interview Barbara – it’s always wonderful to get to know more about you. You, who gives so much to others… I loved it!

    Lance´s last blog post..Life Balance: A Very Personal Pyramid

  19. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I have been casting around like crazy tonight, but I can not get your Part II interview with Stephen. I will try again tomorrow night?
    Am looking forward to the opportunity.
    Wonder full interview. Thank you for sharing

    Patricia´s last blog post..The Ants Go Marching 10 by 10

  20. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Karl – Yes, interviews do give us a better idea of who is behind a blog. They’re also fun to do.

    Hi Jenny – Welcome to the BWAB community. I’m so happy you came by to introduce yourself. I’ll come and visit your “home”, too. Stephen does ask good questions, doesn’t he. He had me digging deep for my answers. 🙂

    Hi Maya – I was thinking about that later and realized that $2 was a lot more money “back then”. Now $2 doesn’t go too far.

    Hi Lance – Glad you liked the interview.

    Hi Patricia – Part II won’t go live until next week – Wednesday, I think.