A dash of Australian charm and a large spoonful of passion tossed in a bowl of good-natured fun. Those are the ingredients that make up Adam Garone. Back in 2003, Adam's brother Travis was having a conversation with his friend when the subject of fashion and recurring trends arose. The guys realized that, sadly, the mustache never had a resurgence. And so ensued a challenge to bring back the mustache or the “mo.” What started as a fun idea turned into “Movember,” a movement that’s changing the face of men’s health.
What better way to raise awareness and funds for men's health than by challenging your best mates to grow the best mustache during the month of November? Every year, prostate cancer affects as many men as women affected by breast cancer. Adam encourages men to take a proactive approach when it comes to health. The modern gentleman is certainly different than 20, 50 or 100 years ago and nowadays he's all about taking care of himself and sporting the mustache.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Passionate, loyal, Australian.
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
I'm fortunate to have several, but my mum rocks the most. I treasure the time I have with mum when I return to Australia. She always picks me up from the airport with a tear in her eye, she misses me dearly, but is so proud that her two sons co-founded Movember with two other mates. Mum is such a great role model. She is beautiful, smart, caring, still loves dad after 40 years of marriage, and has put up with a lot from her two boys over the years, but has always been there right by our sides.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
My dream is to continue living a healthy, happy life filled with adventure, surrounded by my amazing friends and family. A goal this year is to have a better work/life balance. My ambition is that Movember becomes for men's health what the pink ribbon has become for breast cancer.
What are you most proud of?
Creating Movember with my brother and a couple of mates. Creating a global movement that, for the first time in history, is getting men engaged in their health, getting men talking about the health issues they face, breaking down stigmas, and getting men to take preventative action.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
I like feminine girls who are intelligent, down-to-earth, and funny.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Continuing to live my dream; a healthy, happy life filled with adventure, surrounded by my amazing friends and family.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
I don't have a bucket list [and] here's why. In order to relocate to the U.S. to bring the Movember campaign here, I was granted a two-year visa which I've renewed once. I have 12 months to go on my current visa when I'll have to reapply again and hopefully be given an extension. The sense that my life here in the U.S. is conditional and could be taken away should my visa not be renewed focuses me on making the most of every day, the most of every moment. If something pops up that I want to experience, I make it happen.
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
My dad; he is a down-to-earth, hard-working gentleman. He loves mum and cherishes our family. His best advice to me was always just [to] do your best, that's all anyone can ever ask of you. It's simple advice, but doing your best every day in every moment is a great way to live.
What is the biggest risk you've ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The biggest risk was relocating to the U.S. in 2007 to bring the Movember campaign to North America leaving behind friends and family. Essentially, I reset my adult life when I moved here. I had to apply for a social security number, open a bank account, build a credit score, take a driving test, make new friends, build the Movember brand and the organization from the bottom up. That experience was the toughest and most humbling of my life. It certainly tested my perseverance, but you hustle and make things happen.
What is one stereotype about men that isn't really true?
That men ignore our health. That was true for my dad's generation and that attitude was passed down to me. I learned men of character put up with pain, you work through an illness because it will just get better, you play through the injuries, and you go to the doctor as a last resort. The modern man doesn't ignore his health; we are becoming more aware of the health risks we face and what preventative measures we can take to avoid them. We are becoming more open to talking about a health concern and how we are feeling. We do go to the doctor.
For more information on the Movember movement, click here.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew*