When I sat down sans Ryan to interview Merlin over Skype, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What transpired was easily one of the most memorable conversations I’ve had in recent months. I asked about the typical things: his career path, risks, mentors, and what he’s working on now. However, my favorite parts of this interview were the candid, unplanned exchanges and reflections on life: why we overlook what we’re good at to pursue what we think we should be doing; the challenge of living in a world where we’re connected all the time; and how, at one time or another, we’re all scared shitless. If that sounds heavy, it is, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of Merlin-style humor, too. So, read on and allow yourself to laugh and be challenged—and then, as Merlin says, “un-pot” yourself and go do something.