Matthew Clayson was a project manager with the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2006. Today he’s vice president and general counsel at Detroit Trading, working with large automotive brands on e-commerce solutions.
“Pursue opportunities that are uncomfortable, as they will provide the most challenge, opportunity for growth and will be most rewarding,” Clayson said. “Use those uncomfortable opportunities to go deep and fully understand a segment of an industry or an issue, engage subject matter experts as mentors and work with them to establish subject matter expertise and quantifiable results in that segment.”
“My biggest lesson, especially after this year, is that there is no ‘wasted’ time,” said Isakson Dado. “When I was younger, my ambition was always mixed with putting pressure on myself to have the perfect career, and I was daunted with a fear of failure. There is value in every decision I’ve made, and I have grown from every job I’ve had — now I know what I want and what I don’t want. So, be ambitious, try it out, and don’t beat yourself up if you fail. You will have opportunities for so many other things.”
Basir agreed: “This is not a race,” he said. “Be kind to yourself and realize that the journey is not always a straight line.”