Get to know Mr Ordinary author Wil Patterson in 11 questions in 11 Minutes

  1. What is your idea of bliss?

Getting up first while camping, preferably on a cool spring morning, starting the fire going, still in my pj’s, and the smell of the coffee starts to mingle with the smell of the campfire. I know there is nothing to achieve today except coffee, talking with people I love, and keeping the fire going into the night.

  1. What is the trait you least like about yourself?

I’m really nosy, like poke my nose out of the curtains to see what’s going on outside nosy. I do it so often that my dog has started doing it too.

  1. What do you consider to be the most overrated virtues?

Confidence is a massively overrated virtue.

All too often I see, and I am probably guilty of, arrogance and rudeness masquerading as confidence.

  1. Greatest regret?

Given that I’ve just written a book about going to prison you would think this one would be pretty obvious right? Wrong!

I firmly believe that every choice I have made in life has led me to where I am right now. And right now life is pretty good, so why waste time on regret!

  1. Who would be your nemesis?

I don’t know what my nemesis’s name would be but the person who can stop eating before they finish the whole packet of chips, or donuts, or the whole bottle of wine.

Mr Moderation I guess…

  1. Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to do stand up comedy, and I would love to be able to play an instrument

  1. Biggest dislike?

Honey, I can’t stand the stuff. I don’t like the smell, the taste, the viscosity.

And people who say they will give something 110%

No Karen you will not, plus you don’t understand maths!!

  1. Qualities you admire in a man?

I really admire kindness and grace.

If you’re one of my mates you also need to be able to take a massive amount of stirring, and give as good as you get…

  1. Qualities you admire in a woman?

I’m not sure there are different characteristics I admire in men or women, kindness and grace also.

  1. What is your best characteristic?

I’m not sure if this is a characteristic but I think I seek to understand people.

The old expression is empathy means to walk a mile in another’s shoes.

I think the bit people miss from this saying is that once you understand someone’s journey it’s your responsibility to adjust your behaviour to meet their need.

  1. What would your motto be?

Do your own time

If you’re going to do something do it with grace