What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I’m a senior financial analyst for Consumer Group at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), a US educational and trade publisher. Here are couple of reasons why I love it: I love to make sense of numbers and really get to the root of problems, e.g. what is really causing our sales to trend below, or why is our OPEX too high? Once I understand the cause of the issue I enjoy looking for the solutions to correct it.
HMH’s mission is to change people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. To be able to contribute to children’s education – which is a fundamental component of every society’s progress and prosperity – makes me feel good about my job every day.
Your current company aside, name another company that you admire and explain why.
Airbnb, Inc. smartly satisfies people’s needs in our modern society. With 7-plus billion people living in the world, resources are scarcer and scarcer. Shared economy business models are necessary solutions.
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Many multi-million dollar corporations are focusing on short term results, pushing for quick profits and forgetting to evaluate the long term consequences, e.g. deforestation, building too many dams, feeding cows with corn etc. To fix this issue, every decision-making executive should ask him/herself prior executing how his/her decision will affect his/her grandchildren.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
The most important lesson I have learned is that even in the 21st century we are still only humans and should not to be afraid to make mistakes; to learn from them and use them like a diving board. Positive thinking helps me conquer the most challenging days without losing my mind.
How do you measure success at work? In life?
To me success at work is when you turn around and you see the fruits of your work. For me success at work is not only to exceed your company’s expectation and build your career, but also to feel good deep inside about all your actions and to be able to balance work life with family and free time.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
Not all of us are fortunate to leave behind a footprint like Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa or Lionel Messi, so for me it is the little things: To help educate kids via my job, to offer a seat to an elderly person, to recycle my garbage. If we all do little things the impact will be huge.