Curios: Curiosity has always been a defining characteristic of mine. The questions of "How" and "Why" became important to me at a very young age and continue to shape the ways in which I think. In my opinion, the best way to get an answer is to ask a question.
Team-Player: Being a part of a team has been another constant throughout my life. Whether in sports, academics, or community service, I am a believer in the cliché that "team work makes the dream work". I truly enjoy working collaboratively and love coming up with creative solutions to solve difficult problems. As the business world becomes increasingly collective in nature, the ability to work well in a team is a skill that will never go out of demand.
Positive: Having the power to change your attitude is one of the most important skills that one can foster throughout their life. The ability to maintain a positive outlook and stay mentally strong during a difficult situation is extremely important both in business and your personal life. One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela, who said "I never lose. I either win or learn". To me, this quote is all about making the best out of every situation. I always try to take at least one positive experience or learning point from every interaction, no matter how dismal it may have originally seemed.
Effective Communicator: In both business and social settings, the value of effective communication cannot be understated. It requires good listening skills and a keen awareness to nonverbal communication – among other things. I have worked hard to hone my abilities in breaking down complex concepts, ideas, and thoughts in such a way that can be easily understood – both in written and verbal communication. An effective communicator must also possess the ability to tailor their message to a specific audience, as not everyone is able to understand the exact same things.
Hard Worker: There is truly no replacement for hard work. Innate ability can only take a person so far – in any field of life. My high-school basketball coached often preached that “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”. In sports, school, and professional settings, I pride myself producing high-quality results and set high standards for myself and my teammates.