What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I should preface all that follows by saying that the views expressed here are my own, and not of my employer or any other professional entity I associate with. I’m a software engineering manager at CalAmp working in the IoT domain. I lead a team of engineers. We build software systems and define business processes, which enable our company’s software platform. I love my job because it challenges me everyday intellectually, and provides me with a platform to solve complex problems, which in turn enable our customers to simplify their business operations and help them be more efficient and informed while running their businesses in turn.
Which is more important: talent or work ethic? Why?
I think both are important. It’s usually the combination of two that leads individuals and teams to success. Given the choice between the two, I’d prefer work ethic. There are exceptions always, however I feel with a proper work ethic, there is no problem which can’t be solved, either individually or as a team.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
There are quite a few, however the most expansive one is that you can only connect the dots looking backward, not forward; thus every effort you undertake, give it your best shot. Looking back one should never have the regret that should I have put in the right effort, things would have worked out differently.
How do you measure success at work? In life?
I think the only measure of success I have is: Did I accomplish everything I had planned for the day, and if so did I give it my best? Anything other than that is immaterial. Success is subjective, and as long as you achieve whatever you set out to do for yourself, then that’s all that should matter.
What are your priorities outside work? Where do you spend your time? What do you care about?
I’m a husband, and a father of two lovely kids (a 3-year-old boy, and a 3-month-old girl). Spending quality time with my family outside work is important to me. Me and my wife both work full time, so we make it a point to spend quality time with our kids and do things together as a family. I also like leading a healthy lifestyle, eating right, and exercising. I’m an avid runner and bicyclist.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
This is something that an individual doesn’t have much control over, however what can be done is to lead your life in such a way that it inspires others. I firmly believe that everyone serves a purpose in society. The good people provide an example for people to look up to and strive towards embodying their good qualities; and the bad people stand out as examples of what not to become to the rest of the society. I live my life with a basic set of principles: Be kind, caring, nice to others, work hard, and always be there for your family. Have honor and integrity and invest in your mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well being. If during my life span I’ve inspired even one person to embody one of these qualities, which enables them to add value to their lives, I think I would have made the world different because I lived in it.