What Words Have Changed Your Life?
Pressure makes diamonds. This is something that has always stuck with me. Any time I’m stressed or feeling overworked, I’m reminded by this saying and the promise of something worthwhile in the long run that makes the momentary pressure worthwhile.
How Do You Want to Change the World?
I would love to see more people learn how to take calculated risks to unlock their full potential. It’s extremely difficult to venture out onto a limb you know may snap at any moment, especially with the security of staying firmly on the ground. I think everyone owes it to themselves to venture out from their comfort zone, and I want more than anything to see others find the security to explore.
Why Does the World Need More Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset?
I think entrepreneurship, and an entrepreneurial mindset forces collaboration. I don’t know of anyone that’s had success without pulling on the experiences and skills of others, and it’s that collaboration that is transcendent. An entrepreneurial mindset is an open one, and doesn’t take for granted relationships and personal value. It’s the ultimate in problem solving and creating, the world certainly needs more.
What Is Your Proudest Moment in Business?
For me, my proudest moment is that next email, that next phone call, that next opportunity. I’m proud that I feel confident enough and well-equipped enough to take things in stride and continue to create and build. I hate to linger on any one particular moment too long, the last thing I want to become is complacent.
What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?
In being a social presence, especially for the millennial generation, I get a lot of emails asking about Babson as they prepare to make college decisions. I always stress three important things. First is the intimate classroom settings and teacher relationships, second the one-of-a-kind Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship course, and third is the polish and readiness I feel in the business world having graduated.
Opportunity obsession is what I always think of. I believe it was part of the old Babson official definition which has since changed, but it has always stuck with me. The idea of being opportunity obsessed is such an incredible mindset, and to me it really explains how you don’t need to be a traditional business-owning entrepreneur to embody the entrepreneurial spirit.