“I’ve always strived for individuality, although I also like being part of a team. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that’s what makes them an individual. If you’re able to come to terms with your strengths as well as your weaknesses and be open about them, then that is the strongest proof of individuality. I learned that during the March of the Living.
My madrichim pulled me aside one day and they said, ‘man, you get it. You get the whole thing. You’re going to be even stronger if you’re able to accept and understand your strengths, as well as your weaknesses. And you need to be the one to tell people of your strengths and your weaknesses. Once you’re able to do that, you’re going to be way more valuable to yourself and to your team.’
That was six or seven years ago, and for my entire 20s, it’s been something that stood out to me and shaped another part of my character. I have certain partnerships: I have a business partner, a girlfriend, family, a company I work with, a radio station I work with, and I also have myself. In all of these instances I find myself trying to improve and progress. It would have been a lot harder for me, had I not received that piece of advice early on. It allowed me to take a step back and be okay with the fact that I have weaknesses, I can work on them, and I can also be a part of a team where our strengths and weaknesses are complementary. That mindset has allowed me to maintain a really positive attitude, even when things go extraordinarily poorly.”