NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

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Timo Kiander: Author, Speaker & Founder, "Productive Superdad"

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Timo Kiander is an author, speaker and the person behind the blog, Productive Superdad, helping people to become more productive and organized, either at work or in their personal lives.

What do you do best?

I’m productive and organized. This helps me to perform well in various areas of my life.

Thanks to being passionate about these very topics, I have a blog that I’m taking back online after a creative break. I’m also finishing my seventh book on time management, and I have held training for companies related to this very topic, too.

I love that we can keep improving our performance, step-by-step. This in turn reflects on our whole lives, since we get more meaningful things done.

What makes you the best?

I’m very persistent by nature. This makes me to go the extra mile, even when others quit. It also gives me the advantage of doing more of the things I love.

Thanks to being persistent, I have been involved with things in my life that require a lot of endurance, like writing books or competing in endurance sports (marathons, triathlons, etc.).

What are your aspirations?

I’m currently 45 years old. At this age, I truly realized that I want to be a writer, a frugal one, whom produces a lot of content, either online or offline, and with high-quality standards. Perhaps writing can help me to earn a living someday.

On a personal note, I want to become more confident in my own abilities. Even if I have written close to seven books now, there are still moments when I don’t believe in myself as a writer. Weak self-confidence can make a big difference in one’s life, so that is something I continue to work on.

Biggest Success?

There are plenty of successes in my life, and they are all equally important.

But if I had to pick one event which led to another and where I’m now, that’s meeting my wife and the son we subsequently brought into the world. I lived single for a long time, but getting married and then becoming a father has been my biggest success so far. These two things have taught me a lot about life.

Most Challenging Moment?

I haven’t had that many personal dilemmas I have struggled with. But when I look at certain events in my life, it’s easy to see that certain decisions have brought me where I’m today. To understand what I mean, let me illustrate this with three examples.

The first of these events was returning back to my hometown in 1999. I moved away from home when I was 26 and for two years, I lived in the capital area in our country. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy living there and once I got a job in my hometown, the decision of returning back was easy. When I look back, I think a lot of great things happened because of moving back here.

Another big change in my life occurred in 2006 when I finished my first marathon. I wasn’t an athlete before this event, but this success turned me into one. And by the way, I’m still competing (in marathons or in triathlons) in age groups on a national level, sometimes even on an international level. Athletics has brought me a lot of success, but have also grown me as a human.

Finally, meeting my wife in 2008 at a high school class reunion has also been a major event in my life. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would attend this event, but I’m happy that I did. And, as I already mentioned, we eventually got married and had a son. This has been the biggest change in my life.


There are many personal mantras I like, but my favorite one is by Karen Lamb:

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

The more you postpone starting something, the more it will take you to achieve it. This piece of advice is universal and can be applied to any parts of life.

Favorite People/Role Models?

I don’t have any names to mention here, but people who I admire are true professionals in their own craft. Normally, these people are also very self-confident and charismatic, and I love to be around with these kinds of people.

Favorite Places/Destinations?

I like big cities, and my favorite is New York. I have been there once with my wife and who knows, perhaps me and my family will visit again soon.

Favorite Products/Objects?

I would say it’s my smartphone. It has simplified my life so much, all from online banking to mobile payments to other useful applications I have installed.

Current Passions?

There are basically three passions in my life right now:

•    Spending time with family

•    Writing (blogging or authoring books)

•    Endurance sports (running, triathlon, mountain biking, etc.)

I try to spend every day with those things and right now, I have been able to include all them into my free time, even if I have a day job as a software specialist.