Jan 28, 2021
Authority Magazine « Back to The Skinny
Can you tell us a bit about your backstory? What or who inspired you to pursue your career?
Now, I don’t want to be cliché, but I would have to say my dad has inspired me throughout my career. This is primarily based on his love of sports, as he instilled an insatiable desire in me to put the work in, to compete, and to win. His philosophy was that if you worked harder than everyone else, it would overcome any God-given talent gaps.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Was there a particular person who you feel gave you the most help or encouragement to be who you are today? Can you share a story about that?
Once again, I’d have to say my dad and my mom. Together, they provided a foundational structure at an early age that instilled a very strong work ethic and the desire to win in everything I undertook.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting mistake that occurred to you in the course of your career? What lesson or take away did you learn from that?
I’ll share something funny, as it is counter-intuitive to what I grew up with! My biggest mistake was “seriously coasting” at one point early in my career. I didn’t put the time in, I cut corners, and I was very distracted. During this time, I went from a top ranked manager to bottom, and it was 100% correlated to the time I was putting into the job.
The road to success is hard and requires tremendous dedication. This question is obviously a big one, but what advice would you give to a young person who aspires to follow in your footsteps and emulate your success?
The advice I would give to a young person looking to follow in my footsteps is to play the cards you get. You have to play them as best you can versus yearning to get a new hand dealt. Over the course of your career, circumstances will always be difficult, you have to make them irrelevant and win with the hand you are dealt.