Meet the Team: Charles!

Why is Grit important to you?

Grit is synonymous to persistency and perseverance to me (my wife might call it stubbornness sometimes). It is important to me because I believe it is the driving factor behind the things I have been able to accomplish to this point in life. Grit is the one thing you can control (effort and persistence) to overcome other disadvantages you might have in certain tasks or competitions.

What is your Grit score?

My current score is at a 4.6! It has actually gone up from a 4.5 when I last took it. This is why we believe Grit is so essential to us at GXG, it is a characteristic that you can improve upon with focus and intentionality.

Curious what your grit score is? You can take the quiz here!

What’s a personal hobby that you’re passionate about?

Playing golf and following the PGA tour is a great passion of mine (my scorecard does not reflect my love of the game). I was taught the game of golf by my grandfather who was very important and influential in my life. Grit is actually an important characteristic to apply during golf as you face frequent adversity in the game and mental strength is a must!

What’s your out of the office learning goal?

This goal has a revolving door in and out of the office. I have always been fascinated by investing and participating in the growth of early stage/entrepreneurial companies. I would love to learn more of the mechanics on the financial side as I continue to grow my knowledge base around the strategy and execution components.

What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?

I am admittedly driven a lot by emotion although, in the end, my logical side prevails when making choices thanks to the advice I received around the “24-hour rule”. Particularly when situations arise that incite emotional responses, I put this rule in place to hit the pause button for 24 hours hopefully allowing the cerebral response to prevail.

What’s something interesting that you’ve read, listened to, or watched recently?

Tying this back to my hobby, I recently watched a documentary on the history of the caddie. It was a beautiful story depicting the hardships and social limitations caddies originally faced to their rise of importance and appreciation to where they are visible on a national stage today receiving significant portions of 7-figure tournament prizes.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Similar to Laura, I have wanted to be many things in my life! When I was young it all revolved around medicine. I switched between pediatrician (we loved our pediatrician growing up), vet, dentist and orthodontist.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I am 100% a dog person. Besides the fact that I am allergic to cats, I think the unconditional love dogs show to their families is something to admire. I grew up with working/hunting dogs and my wife gave me a puppy named Hazel shortly after I proposed to her and we have loved every minute of having her in our life.

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