This month for Inside SVG, we spoke with Laura Hulfeld. The recent Mizzou grad shared with us some thoughts on success and failure, as well as the most important gift she's ever received.
When you think of the word "success", who is the first person that comes to mind and why?
When I hear the word “success," I don't necessarily think of a certain person. I think success is more about the way you live your life. I attribute it more to happiness and enjoying what you do, I think that goes hand in hand. I see people who are happy with what they are doing and in return it makes them care more, and work harder and that is what makes them successful.
What is something you've accomplished in your career that you're proud of?
With SVG being my first job out of college, I didn't really know what to expect when it came to my career. I am happy to have found a place where I can grow and learn about myself. I am proud to know that I have learned what it is that makes me happy -- surrounding myself with good people and having the opportunity to grow and learn every day.
What's one thing sales has taught you about yourself?
Sales has taught me to have confidence in myself and my abilities. My knowledge base and social skills have developed through interactions with both clients and coworkers. It has given me a better insight into myself and I have learned that believing in myself and my abilities can get me through good times and tough times.
Speaking of rough times, everyone goes through them in the world of sales. How do you deal with the occasional failure?
I never realized just how strong of a person you have to be to handle the ups and downs. I have learned to accept that failure will happen. The next good thing will be around the corner and it probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't encountered some sort of failure.
What is a gift you've received under $100 that's made a big difference in your life?
When I was in high school, I was debating between attending two different colleges. At my graduation party, I received my first Mizzou t-shirt. I didn't realize at the time how much that would truly affect my life. Not the t-shirt itself, but the symbolism it had. Going to Mizzou was the best decision I could have made, and the people I met there continue to shape who I am today. I still have that first Mizzou t-shirt!
Who do you go to for advice?
When I need to look at something from all angles I go to my parents for advice. My dad has the habit of being very analytical and looking for the not-so-great outcomes (okay, he's a total pessimist). My mom will walk through all the steps of a decision. Those two sides combine to help me a make well-rounded decision because I know I've seen it from all angles.
What is something they've told you that's had a great impact on the way you live?
The best bit of advice I've received was from my mom's sister. She said, "Change your major as many times as you want, but make sure you always have a major." Obviously, it was about college, but it applies to many things in life. Basically, do whatever you want, but make sure you're always working toward a goal.
What advice would you give to a new hire at SVG?
Take advantage of what our company has to offer. The job itself is, of course, the most important part, but it is the people and the environment here that makes it special and keeps you wanting to come to work every day.
Favorite food: Mexican food, any day.
Best 90's song: Dirty Pop by N'SYNC
Favorite KC memory: I am a diehard Royals fan, so it has to be the 2015 Royals World Series run.
Favorite SVG event you've attended: I think they are all pretty great, but I really enjoyed the afternoon at Char Bar!
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