I’m 20 years old from Las Vegas, Nevada studying International Business at Pepperdine. I’m pretty undecided on my post-grad plans but I’ve been prepping for the LSAT for a couple months to keep Law School in the cards. I’d love to have my own hospitality business or hospitality consulting group in the future (restaurants, hotels, lounges, etc.).
How do you define success?
It’s hard to answer this without sounding cliché, but I think success is less of a destination and more of a state of being. Success is gratitude. Having a big house or a nice car won’t make me more “successful,” as I’ll likely still want an even bigger house or an even nicer car. I’d say I’m successful right now because I appreciate the things I have enough to know that having more of them wouldn’t leave me any less wanting.
What are your goals/dreams and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself alive and healthy in 5 years. With all that’s been going on in the world recently, I feel like setting tangible (and trivial) benchmarks for a time so far in the future diminishes the value of being alive right now. Having a wife and living in London would be nice, though. :)
What motivates you?
The fear of a missed opportunity motivates me. Almost everything I do, I do because I’m scared of missing out on a potential chance to grow, learn, or connect. FOMO, but the productive kind :)
What is something that you do (a habit or daily practice) that you believe helps you achieve your goals or be productive?
I completely overextend myself. Even if I fail to do half of the 15 tasks I schedule for myself in a day, I get more done than I would’ve if I'd only scheduled 5 things to do.
More failures only means more attempts, after all!
Who is your inspiration and why?
Easy. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s the epitome of a congenial disposition and he understands the value in making others feel good. He’s self-assured, and as a result, he doesn’t bully, ridicule, or demean others to make himself feel better.
Life motto or favorite quote?
“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” -Thomas Carlyle
“A blind man's world is bounded by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man's world by the limits of his knowledge: a great man's world by the limits of his vision.”
“If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.” -Thomas J. Watson