SURVIVOR Super Fan

A blog to document my passion and ongoing efforts to be cast on Survivor


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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

The title of the post comes from J.K. Rowling, or should I say from Albus Dumbledore…This season, and recent seasons of Survivor, they continue to highlight choices.  Do I try to get an Immunity Idol during a challenge in front of everyone or  do I choose the puzzle with less pieces, but higher degree of difficulty.  The choices make for interesting events and variety in the game.  It highlights the differences in contestants and often creates tension and conflict.  It was tremendous television waiting to see if Kelley would make the choice and go for the idol at the immunity challenge. Just imagine Kelley got caught going for the idol!

So why do I dedicate a post to choices?  I think there are a myriad of choices made throughout the game and I think this is where the game can be won or lost..and I think I make good choices!  It is not that I think I always choose right and others choose wrong.  It is that I approach problems differently and don’t limit myself to the choices offered.  If offered A or B, I often identify C as a viable alternative.  Call it thinking outside the box, not caring if there is a box, or as I’ve been told – I simply don’t think the rules apply to me.  I tend to think of “rules” as “guidelines”.  I tend to step over the line in pursuit of options that meet my needs.

The title quote is known to millions of Harry Potter fans around the world.  Maybe after I play Survivor, the world will know my quote just as well…”You don’t know where the line is until you step over it and take a tiny step back.”

 

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The Title of Sole Survivor!!! or 1 Million Dollars!!! What are my reasons for playing???

This a valid question.  Over the years, my answer has varied.  Going all the way back to my first attempt to be cast on The show, I was in it for the title of Sole Survivor.  I was very well off financially and did not need the money.  I boasted about how all I was interested in was the title of Sole Survivor.  My most recent audition video was last year, and I said I’m playing for the challenge, I’m playing for the adventure, and I’m playing for the money…  A lot has changed in the last five years, and after a divorce and bout with Lyme Disease, money is a bit scarce. With that said, I feel like as a true Survivor Superfan, I am driven by a love for the game.  I want the experience, and I will also play to win.  The money would be a nice addition, but I am also in a place in my life where it is not my driving force.  I simply want to play the game, enjoy every second of it, and play the game with everything I have.


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Self-awareness Survey Results Part 2

Word Cloud

The survey I sent to friends and family, included a section for the respondents to list five words that they would use to describe me. The top words are as follows:

Funny – 8 people
Loud – 6 people
Loyal – 5 people
Sarcastic – 5 people
Confident – 4 people
Outgoing – 4 people

The five words I listed for myself:
Ass
Competitive
Sarcastic
Funny
Entertaining

Below is the complete list of submitted words:
Survey Results jpg


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Self Awareness – Who is Rob?

Self Awareness. This is the one thing every great player has, according to Jeff Probst. Self awareness is huge in this game. The game is quite simply, one large social experiment, you don’t have a chance to strategize, if you ostracize yourself from your tribe within minutes of hitting the beach. Take Francesca for example, only person in the history of Survivor to be voted out first, twice! If she had even an ounce of self awareness she would have known the second time around to just keep her mouth shut for the first three days. She was perceived as an aggressive threat in this game because of how strong she came on. Below is my little self awareness experiment to see if I am self aware or I lack those skills like Francesca did. I will start with a list of words that I feel accurately describe myself. The list is a combined effort between me and my daughter. We will then email a survey to friends and family asking for 5 words that THEY feel describe me. Self awareness is a vital key to Survivor success.

Self Awareness

My List:
Adaptable
Adventurous
Ambitious
Andophidiophobe
Athletic
Bald
Blunt
Caring
Caucasian
Celiac
Competitive
Eye roller
Facially expressive
Flexible loyalties…
Galeophobe
Germaphobe
Great at puzzles
Horrible memory
Hottie
Humorous
Line crosser
Mesomorph
Photogenic
Protective
Persuasive
Sarcastic, sarcastic, sarcastic
White collar
Young at heart

Daughter’s List:
Amicable
Asshole
Atheist
Aware
Bowler
Colorful
Coordinated
Daredevil
Divorced
Enviable
Father
Former-foodie
Funny
Hangry
Immature
Innovative
Insightful
Leader
Libero
Loud
Motivated
Obnoxious
Obsessive
Paranoid
Purposeful
Quick
Reader
Republican
Ruthless
Social
Stingy
Strategic
Stubborn
Supportive
Survivor
Thinker
Thrifty
Tired
Violinist

Click here to see survey results!