One word: Curiosity – has a lot to do with getting smarter
I was born in Montreal, Canada with a younger sister. When I was 4, our parents moved us to Philadelphia to be closer to family who had been separated during WWII.
My father was a house painter and my mother a homemaker. We lived in a blue collar working class neighborhood with tradesmen who were plumbers, electricians, carpenters and car mechanics. We weren’t wealthy but our home & neighborhood was filled with love and community. I had the freedom to enjoy my days playing and working from morning to night.
Three weeks after my high school graduation, at the age of 17, I contracted a rare autoimmune disorder that left me paralyzed for a year. I went from being a completely independent person, to be imprisoned by my body. In the hospital, I was in a ward with soldiers who lost limbs in the Vietnam War. What I saw, profoundly impacted me and ultimately what I learned about myself and others.
I recovered from my illness with a sense of curiosity and awareness of others and the struggles they may have encountered. I learned not to judge anyone from their outward appearance.
I have carried this perspective forward in my life and career. I have enjoyed a successful and honorable career in sales that has spanned over 45 years. My clients success and my success has been driven by a curiosity to understand the person behind the image. As the founder of EastRidge Advisors, I decided to work with EQuipt because it reminds me of the way in which I grew up, where people respected each other and there was compassion and trust. What I witness in today’s marketplace is a sense of unhappiness and decreased productivity. I believe that better communication, greater empathy and effective listening would benefit us all.