A principle in life instilled in me ever since childhood was to make positive impacts in the world I live in. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said, “If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, do not drag your feet.”
“Opportunity”… Hmm, this is a word I often use to entice others or make a tedious task sound somewhat great. “Check out this opportunity to get some community service hours!”—a statement I frequently use when needing to transport large furniture to a family. “Dear, this opportunity may not ever come again,” a statement I may, on occasion, state to my husband when thinking of purchasing something on the larger scale. It really does have a nice ring to it. While I may use it to shine light onto thoughts or suggestions, the reality is opportunity is everywhere, depending on how you choose to see the world.
Of the many tips that have helped me grow in my career, there are three that stand out:
- Have an ethic of service to others.
- Pursue your passions.
- Persevere through tough times.
After graduating from the University at Buffalo, I served as a Buffalo AmeriCorps member through the Corporation for National and Community Service at The Belle Center. Service to others is a passion of mine and through serving the community, I worked my way up from a volunteer to a senior level position doing marketing and operations.