We sat down with Dr. Joe Chang to see what interesting new facts we could find out about him. As usual, he did not disappoint. His intellect, witty humor and charming personality shined through once again! Here is how our conversation played out!
NS: Ok, let’s begin! What is your middle name?
JC: My middle name is Yoon?
JC: It’s Chinese, spelled Y-O-O-N. Joseph Yoon Chang.
NS: What is your favorite color?
JC: My favorite color is blue.
NS: Nu Skin Blue?
JC: Nu Skin Blue! Absolutely! Second preference of equal importance is Pharmanex Green!
NS: What is your favorite food?
JC: My favorite food is actually a fruit in Malaysia. It is rather pungent and stinky. It’s called Durian – I’ll spell it for you – d-u-r-i-a-n.
NS: Can you describe it?
JC: It’s a fruit that Blake believes can kill you. It has a hard outer shell and is spikey. Blake is right. It can kill you if it falls on top of your head because the spikes are rather sharp. When you break open the fruit, it exudes a very nasty smell – It’s an acquired taste in other words. You either like it or you hate it, when you first smell it, it may make you sick.
NS: Sounds delicious!
NS: Why did you originally start Pharmanex?
JC: Because we wanted to make sure dietary supplement consumers were offered the best quality in health supplements.
NS: What were your thoughts when Nu Skin acquired Pharmanex?
JC: My first thought was where is Utah?! Because Pharmanex, as you know, was originally located in Los Angeles. My second thought was why does this company not know how to spell ‘Nu’? [Chuckles]
NS: Since being with Nu Skin, what has been your favorite Nu Skin moment?
JC: My favorite Nu Skin moments are meeting our distributors and sharing in their excitement. Nu Skin is a great company. I’m proud to be a part of our culture and our mission to be a force for good.
NS: How many languages do you speak?
JC: I can barely speak English, and also barely speak Chinese. Truman and Blake believe that I’m a fake Chinese.
NS: Who is your hero?
JC: I have many heroes in my life. My mother is my hero because she is a school teacher. She has taught me many things in life. Ultimately, she’s taught me that how you succeed and why you succeed is entirely your responsibility and that fate is not in our stars, but really in ourselves. She also taught me success is not just defined by financial metrics.
NS: Which products do you use daily?
JC: I use Lifepak Nano, Tegreen and ageLOC Vitality. When I travel, I will use additional ageLOC R² to keep me going. One of my favorite products is Glacial Marine Mud. I also use the shampoo and conditioner daily. I find it to be one of the best hair care skin care products on the market right now.
NS: Do you have a bucket list?
JC: Yes! I have a bucket list.
NS: What are some of your bucket list items?
JC: One day I want to go to the South Pole! It may be kind of dangerous because the ocean south of Argentina is rather rough and choppy. It would be exciting to see Antarctica if I ever get a chance. I also want to be able to drive in NASCAR.
NS: You mean race in NASCAR? Or just drive around the track?
JC: Well, obviously it would be difficult to race, but ideally it would be nice. At the very least I’d like to get into a race car and drive 200 mph around the track!
NS: What do you do to live young?
JC: I try to maintain my stress levels. Most of us have stress but I think we should avoid chronic stress. We should think of things to do to reduce stress in our lives.
NS: What songs or artists do you have on your playlist?
JC: I have Adele.
JC: Yeah Adele - her latest album. I find her to be an incredible singer. I also listen to classical music to help me manage stress. I also like folk music. James Taylor is another one of my favorite singers. My wife tells me I shouldn’t listen to Adele anymore because I’ve listened to it too many times and she’s sick of it [Laughs].
NS: Well Adele is really good.
JC: I know!
NS: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
JC: I always wanted to do something in science.
JC: Yes, always in science.
NS: What was your first job?
JC: After finishing my post doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins, I worked for a pharmaceutical company.
NS: What are your hobbies outside of work?
JC: I like to watch movies. When it is warm outside I like to play tennis. Now I’m starting to pick up a new sport called pickle ball.
NS: Pickle ball? What’s pickle ball?
JC: It’s a very recent thing for me - it’s pretty interesting. It’s played on an indoor court about a third the size of a tennis court. The net is about 3” lower than an average tennis net. You use a whiffle ball, and you hit it with a wooden paddle – go and YouTube it! I gather it was invented about 40 years ago by old people who couldn’t play tennis any longer. [ chuckles]
NS: What is your personal motto?
JC: Don’t judge others - Judge yourself.
NS: What book are you currently reading right now?
JC: I don’t read novels as often as I want to. The book that I’m reading now is called “Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow” and it is about how our intuition can sometimes lead us to wrong conclusions. Intuition, as far as the brain is concerned, is about thinking fast. For example, here is this problem: If a ball and a bat cost $1.10 together, and the bat is $1.00 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?
NS: 10 cents
JC: See, that’s thinking fast, now think slow. It cannot be 10 cents, because then the total of the bat and ball would be $1.20. Because the bat cost $1.00 more than the ball, right? The ball should cost only 5 cents.
NS: Got it. Who’s the Author of the book?
JC: Daniel Kahnemann, you should look it up. A study showed that more than 50% of MIT students responded with 10 cents. It’s not that we’re stupid, or not thinking, we’re just thinking fast and lead to the wrong conclusion.