I Am McCall Wells
I Am McCall Wells
JANUARY 23RD, 1995
How would you describe yourself in 60 words?
I love humor and storytelling. As an aspiring attorney, I want to leverage law, comedy, and human connection to make the world a better place. When I’m not carefully curating my professional image, you can find me performing improv comedy, trying out a new workout class, or listening to an NPR podcast.
What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for my entire life.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I love grammar and linguistics. Having studied Spanish for most of my life, and recently taken up French, I’m particularly interested in the Latin-derived languages, and how culture/geography influenced their formations. I could spend hours on websites like Wikipedia and Quora looking up random linguistic facts.
What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
My favorite life coach and creator of the “Unfuck Your Brain” podcast, Kara Lowentheil, recently hosted a webinar in which she discussed the notion of the “infinite 1%.”
In short, this concept relays the difference between letting a perfectionist mentality get the most of us and foregoing any work towards our goals for fear of producing anything less than perfect versus just taking one small step each day towards those goals because doing SOMETHING is clearly better than doing nothing.
Having struggled with perfectionist tendencies that lead to crippling anxiety and hamper my productivity for my whole life, this concept really does help me keep my momentum and chip away at long-term projects.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.
— Minor Myers Jr.
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?
I haven’t actually gifted this book to anyone, but I tell everyone who will listen about Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind” because it served as a much-needed kick in the pants to my college sophomore “woker than thou” self who previously rolled her eyes at the beliefs of conservative Americans.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
Every fanny pack/arm band I’ve ever bought that’s allowed me to run on the outskirts of Madrid, along the Seine, and through the Tucson desert.
What about the Junto excites you most?
I want to meet people who have defined success for themselves and truly let these personal definitions guide them.
If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.