Meet the Team: Steven!

Why is Grit important to you?

Grit should be exciting for everyone because I see it as the great equalizer. I’ve had the good fortune in my life to be constantly surrounded by some of the brightest people on the planet, including my colleagues here at GXG. While that’s obviously a wonderful thing, it can be disheartening at times to realize I will very rarely be the smartest or most naturally gifted person in the room. BUT, understanding that grit and perseverance play an even more important role in dictating success than any innate skills is so energizing.

What is your Grit score?

4.3…gritty with some tasteful room for improvement.

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

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

I have a lot of hobbies, including running, golf, tennis, playing the guitar, losing to my brother in basketball, hiking, and listening to podcasts while sitting in brutal Atlanta traffic.

But looking purely at hours spent outside of eating, sleeping, and working, reading is without a doubt my biggest pastime. I know, nerdy…but us GXGers love to learn.

What’s your out of the office learning goal?

The last few months I’ve been secretly sharpening my chess skills in hope of one day beating my mother just one time. Mom – if you’re reading this, I’m coming for you.

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

We have 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them proportionally.

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

This question is far too exciting to try to confine me to a single answer, but I’ll keep it to two. The best book (technically a collection of short stories) I’ve read this year was Calypso by David Sedaris. I don’t recommend reading it in public…my explosive laughter disturbed some fellow plane passengers.

I also highly recommend listening to the podcast StartUp, which gives a rare glimpse into the earliest days of starting a business by chronicling the genesis of the podcasting company Gimlet Media, which was recently acquired by Spotify.

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

While I am no longer “little” by any form of measurement, I still to this day wish I could be a welder. My younger self would be alarmed that I didn’t immediately say I wanted to be Thomas the Tank Engine, but my adult self knows it’s not a realistic aspiration to become a cartoon train, so I’ve given up on that dream.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I do not believe in categorizing people into either dog or cat people. I love dogs and cats equally for their own specific reasons.

Our family dog Riggs is the world-renowned ‘goodest boy ever’ for his unrelenting affection and willingness to wrestle at all times. My cat, Steve French, is a top-notch furry friend for an entirely different set of reasons: he’s highly intelligent, a great hunter, and is only around for approximately 10% of the day (I’m introverted, I need my alone time).

So as a matter of principle I refuse to choose one side in this eternal debate and instead choose the answer: both.

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