We had the good fortune of connecting with NAIKE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi NAIKE, how do you think about risk?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized taking risks is actually very important for progression in almost everything we do. If you listen to all these successful people in various industries, you start to realize things they have in common; one of them being taking a chance and betting on themselves. For me personally, taking risks has played a huge role in in my life & career, whether it’s work, music, relationships etc. There’s always an opportunity to take a risk, and more times than not, it comes with a substantial reward. I remember when I was asked to perform my music infront of an audience for the first time, obviously it was a great opportunity to hone my skills and get myself out there, but I also saw it as a risk. Why? “What if I forget my lyrics?” “What if the crowd doesn’t like my music” “What if, what if, what if” All these scenarios played in my head, but eventually I had to weigh the pros and cons and realize there’s no reward without risk. When opportunities present themselves you have two types of people – those willing to take a chance on themselves and those who fear failure. Once I figured that out, my life began to see positive changes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I’m a Business Consultant at a Tech Company. Before I graduated college, I didn’t really look forward to job searching because I felt there would be nothing I would really enjoy doing as an employee, but that changed once I had an internship in consulting. Over the years I’ve realized that I actually enjoy helping people figure out their problems and being a leader, and being a leader wasn’t really my thing before undergrad. I’ve been working for two years now and I’d say my hard work and determination to be great is what has got me where I am, it wasn’t easy, but I enjoy challenging myself to achieve my goals. I’ve learned to always put in 110% because there’s already too many people putting in 100%. I want people to know that I’ll always strive to be the best in the room in any regard.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
first and foremost… Topgolf. Topgolf is always fun, never had a bad time there. Cracker barrel for food, I know it sounds weird but that southern food is top tier! I’d also take them to shopping malls like Lennox or the Mall of Georgia. Midtown has some cool bars that I enjoy, and we’d defintely have to check out the museums and aquarium…. Oh and the Coca-Cola factory. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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