Trading In Cleats For A Suit: Meet Austin Curtis

Resilience Inc’s Austin Curtis sat down this month to discuss business in the time of COVID-19, success in the industry, and his path towards management. The twenty-two-year-old Team Leader started with the company in May of this year, just moments before a global shutdown, and has continued to adapt, learn, and improve. Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Curtis is sure to be a smashing success in this industry, but we’ll let him show you that.

Did you expect to end up in the business industry?

“Going into college, I knew I wanted to be in the business field. It took about two years to realize the marketing and sales route would be a good fit for me. My dream job as a child was to be either a professional athlete or CEO. After high school, I hung up the cleats for good and moved up to Indiana University to pursue a business degree. Indiana University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I learned so many valuable lessons in so many different aspects. Moving up to school was the first time I had lived on my own, and being up there taught me how to be an adult quickly. I met a variety of people from so many different backgrounds. I was fortunate enough to meet some of my best friends at school and will cherish my college memories forever.”

‘Hung up the cleats,’ huh? Tell us about your sports history. Are you competitive?

“I am an extremely competitive person, and that goes way back. I have played sports all my life, focusing on football and baseball. I did whatever it took to place my team in a position to win. I hate losing more than I like winning.”

How has your career grown since starting at the company? 

“In the three months that I have worked for Resilience Inc, I have grown so much. I have learned from some of the best in the business to do it and vow to make the most out of my opportunity at Resilience Inc. I have found the most challenging aspect of my career is just personal doubt.

The only limitation is your imagination. The only barriers in your life are the ones you come up in your head. Everything is achievable when you are willing to put in the work.

I am passionate about becoming the greatest version of myself, and in my career and life in general, I am passionate about leading by example, as well as helping my friends/family.”

How has your business and career been affected by the COVID-19 crisis? 

“I came into the business in the middle of the pandemic. I was still in my last semester of college when COVID-19 struck. Despite the terrible effects of this virus, I still found this to be a great opportunity. I was fortunate enough to keep my job, unlike many in other industries who were laid off or furloughed. Outside of wearing protective gear at work, our operations have remained seamless.

What is your favorite thing about working in the business industry?

“My favorite thing about working in the business is just going out and helping people. I love talking to people. Having such a dynamic team environment where everyone feels like family is why I wake up and go into work every day. Our work culture means so much to me. There is never a day that I am not excited to go into work. Even on a Sunday, I am ready to be in the office on Monday.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

“In five years, I see myself overseeing my own office, having helped our client expand into a new market. I have always wanted to be my boss. I have such a strong drive and lead by example instead of just telling people what to do.”

What business advice would you give to people hoping to start a career? 

“Some business advice I would give to someone starting a career is this: have a good work ethic and a positive attitude. If you have both of those, you will succeed. Anyone starting a career is not going to start off being the best. If you go into it, though, with a positive attitude and a great work ethic, you will gain all you need to know to excel at work.”

Austin Curtis has spent the last few months growing himself and inspiring others, so it is no surprise that in just a quarter of a year, he has become one of the most vital team members at Resilience Inc. But what does success truly mean? To Curtis, success is defined by personal growth, and by those standards, Austin Curtis has indeed found success at Resilience Inc.

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