Random Questions with CY Innovations

MSF Preamble

Chris Yetter from CYInnovations was kind enough to my be second guest on my Random Questions series. I’ll let Chris tell you a bit about himself in a minute, but while reading his introduction to himself on his website I was reminded of a joke:

There are three types of people in the world: optimists, pessimists, and mechanical engineers. The way you can tell them apart is show them a glass half filled with water.

The optimist – It’s half full
The pessimist – It’s half empty
Mechanical Engineer – The glass has been manufactured to the wrong specifications

But all joking aside (for now) Chris puts his engineering mind to good use on his site and his posts are presented from a problem solving perspective. So if you’re trying to solve the problem of wasteful spending, Chris is the guy to go to. Or if you’re having trouble with time management, Chris has engineered a solution for you (see what I did there).

But enough of my ramblings, Chris my site is yours, take it away…

  1. Let’s Start with who are you?

I’m a husband/father first and a mechanical engineer by trade. I grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania which has probably contributed to some of my red-neck tendencies. Such as wearing camo and eating squirrel now and then.

  1. What are you passionate about?

My faith in God is paramount, but I also love the outdoors. Football is an exciting escape for me as well – I follow several teams, and I love to play fantasy football.

  1. What song do you want played at your funeral?

Though I obviously won’t be able to enjoy it – I do love the old hymn “It is Well with My Soul” by Horatio Spafford. The story of how this song came to be is inspiring to say the least.

emo lego kid, dark story

  1. Who’s your favorite comedian?

Tim Hawkins – his song about yoga pants is epic.

  1. What are you insecure about?

I struggle with the uncertainty of the future. No matter what plans I make, I still don’t know how things will unfold. Life has a way of providing unexpected turns. You can’t plan for every scenario or situation. As an engineer (we like to understand and control things), I’m certainly not secure when it comes to the future.

  1. Tell us something the readers of your blog or listeners of your podcast don’t know about you?

I like to build realistic wooden model ships – not that I’ve had much time to work on this particular hobby. Family, work, and blogging seem to take up the majority of my time.

  1. What are you afraid of?

I’m afraid of not being able to provide for my family. I’m also afraid of not being able to provide my children some of the same opportunities in life that I had.

  1. What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

My career is going to take a turn (hopefully not for the worst) as the plant at which I currently work will be closing down. I don’t know exactly where I’ll end up, but I’m sure that we’ll be ok.

  1. Why did you start a blog/podcast?

I needed something to occupy some of my free time. I also enjoy the topic of personal finance. When you talk to so many people who seem to be struggling, it motivated me to want to provide some helpful information to assist those that are struggling. Even though there are multiple PF blogs on the net, obviously there are still many people who still don’t know the fundamentals of their own money situations. I think I can help.

  1. What post/episode are you most proud of and why?

My post entitled: Real Success in Life and Things Money can’t Buy

This post highlights the real reason we earn and save money – so that we can use it to invest in friends and family. At the end of the day, money is just a tool. How well we use that tool can determine how easy or difficult life can be.

  1. How is blogging/podcasting different from what you expected?

The blogging community in general is very helpful. I’ve also found that certain posts which I expected to be well received –weren’t. While other posts that I felt were not as good seem to the most popular.

  1. What unique skill do you have?

I’ve been told that I have “the knack”. Which I think means I can fix anything. At least so far . . . I haven’t found something yet I couldn’t fix.

  1. What is your favorite book that doesn’t relate to the topic you write about or discuss on your podcast?

“This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti – This book is a fiction story about war between angels and demons. It can get pretty intense at times – which for a writer would be high praise.

  1. Dog person or cat person?

Dog – no matter what you do, they still love you and come back. Cats are too standoffish for me.

15. What celebrity have you been told you look like?

Jason StathamI’ve never been told I look like any celebrity. But people have mistakenly called me Eric (quite a few actually). I must look like an Eric.

NOTE FROM MSF: I don’t know, your twitter profile picture makes you look a lot like Jason Statham. We’ll let the commenter’s decide. Vote below: Eric or Jason Statham?

  1. What famous person have you met?

I’m sure how famous he is, but I did meet Jeff Immelt one time. I guess I don’t get out enough . . .

NOTE FROM MSF: Jeff Immelt is the CEO of GE (I had to look it up).

  1. Let’s stretch those writing muscles. Write a Haiku summarizing your blog/podcast? (Remember a Haiku is a 3-line poem. First line- 5 syllables; second line-7 syllables; third line-5 syllables).

Financial Problems
All. Solutions I provide,
With logic and truth.

MSF Wrap-Up

Thanks Chris for taking the time to tackle my series of Random Questions. And for being a good sport about my pictorial attempts at humor.

Be sure to check out what Chris is up to:

Website: cyinnovations.net
Twitter: @CYinnovations
Pinterest: CYinnovations

Don’t forget to comment below on whether you think Chris looks like an Eric or like Silver Screen Bad Boy Jason Statham?


  1. Thanks for posting. It’s an honor to be included in your “random” questions series.
    Keep up the good work.

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