I was fortunate that my farm is high tech with gps guided tractors, and iPhone controlled irrigation systems, (although they just had indoor plumbing installed) so I naturally found my way into engineering and technology. I also spent a great deal of my time as a kid knee deep in politics; needless to say I'm pretty well rounded. Within minutes, I can transition from "aww hell, you shoulda seen billy get his truck stuck last weekend" to "I believe we are living in one of the most interesting times in history with regard to social and technological progress". That example may be a bit extreme, but you get the point.
My childhood was spent outdoors playing with cars/trucks/tractors, and building/fixing things and I never really grew up. Pushing things to the limit has always been a passion of mine, so I work on a professional Porsche racing team for fun. Aside from that, I own an engineering/prototyping consulting company. Ive been fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of very interesting projects; seldom has there been a dull moment.
The devil's advocate? Yes. I have taken the other side of view since I was six, just for the sake of debate. There are always validities to the other party's argument (exception: some of todays presidential candidates). Sometimes this leads to indecision, but usually generates good ideas.
My favorite sentence is 'why?'. I like to question every answer, and answer every question. Most times I succeed, except for those seemingly large existential questions like what is my place in the universe...the gears are still whirring on that one...and probably will be for awhile!