Hold on, Can we talk about living overseas?
Living overseas was amazing. I fell in love with the Netherlands – which is funny because all I knew about the country prior to living there was that Amsterdam (the capital) was known for parties. As my wife and I settled in Rotterdam, we were forced out of our routines which allowed us to grow as individuals. We took lessons to learn Dutch, didn’t own a car for two years, and spent as much time sitting outside of cafés just enjoying life. The experience really opened our eyes to other perspectives. Oh, and the cycling wasn’t half bad either!
What skills does someone need to be successful in the role that you are in?
You need to be persistent (and stubborn). You’re going to face a lot of challenges and you can’t give up at the first sign of not knowing the answer. If you don’t know the answer, you have to figure out who to ask and how to ask it. You also have to have curiosity and keep asking questions. When I ask a question, I rarely let them go after getting the answer – I always ask a follow-up question. You learn more when you dig deep. Being persistent and curious enable you to be a good problem solver.
What’s a random fact about you that people don’t know?
My wife and I actually dated for a decade before we got married, we’ve been together since the 7th grade. Also, I brew my own beer. We host Saturday brew days where we play board games and brew beer with friends. Once, we got a cork stuck in one of our massive containers, and it turned into a ridiculously silly adventure trying to get it un-stuck. The beer was still great.