Meet the Team: Megan!

Why is Grit important for you?

Grit is the reason to never give up. You may not be the smartest person in the room or the most well-spoken or the most experienced, but if you pursue your goals with grit and perseverance your likelihood of success goes up significantly. I also appreciate that it’s a skill you can practice and develop over time; you’re not just born with a certain level of grit.

What is your Grit score?

I recently retook the test and my score is 4.09. I don’t have the numbers to back this up, but I’m almost positive it’s gone up over the years as my responsibilities have grown and I’ve encountered more challenges in my work. Now that I have this benchmark, I’m excited to see how much I can improve by the end of 2020.

What’s a personal hobby you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about running! I grew up running for fun with my dad and then became more of a serious runner in high school when I joined the cross country and track teams. My running consistency has dipped a bit in recent years, but in an effort to motivate myself to get back into it, I signed up for my first ever marathon this coming January. 

The marathon has definitely been a forcing function to get back into training and I’m loving it. Long runs give you an opportunity to clear your mind, burn off pent up frustration and, if you find a solid running group, make some new friends.

What’s your out of the office learning goal?

To learn how to do basic calligraphy. I was originally trying to finish my training in time to hand address all my wedding invitations last spring, but that didn’t pan out. I still love how beautiful hand lettering can be and it’s the perfect “creative” outlet for me because it’s actually rather regimented and process driven.

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

Swim fast, have fun. 

It may seem like very narrow advice, but growing up I swam competitively and before every race, my dad would tell me to “swim fast, have fun.” Over time it became a bit of a family mantra, and even after my sister and I stopped swimming our parents would repeat this same advice before major competitions or events where our skills would be tested. 

Today this simple, somewhat silly piece of advice, serves as a broader reminder to try your best at whatever you’re pursuing but don’t forget to enjoy the process.

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

I love reading and listening to podcasts, so it’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one to highlight! A small sample of my most recent reads and listens that I’d highly recommend:

  • Modern Love: I promise it’s not some sappy love story. This podcast covers a broad range of different types of love. The stories are beautifully written (they come from the New York Times column) and then famous actors and actresses read them, so the delivery is also spectacular
  • The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week: Laugh out loud funny, plus you’ll learn some great trivia facts
  • America’s First Daughter: My book club recently read this book, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a fascinating look at America’s early history

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

I really wanted to be a teacher growing up. I loved playing “school” with my sister and teaching her the lessons she’d learn the following year. 

I think my love of teaching never really left me. I still enjoy helping colleagues or friends when they’re stuck on something - excel is a particular favorite of mine! I also think my love of teaching is part of what attracted me to GXG. At its core, we’re helping our clients connect with the right teachers to deep dive very specific topics that will enable them to be more successful.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

This is a tough one because I grew up with dogs, and have an English Retriever now that I’m obsessed with, but I also have a pretty awesome cat. If I look more broadly at a sample of at all the dogs and all the cats I’ve met, I guess I'd have to vote dog!