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Profile: Scott Asai

Name: Scott Asai

Position: Owner

Company: Growing Forward Academy

Fun fact about yourself: Disneyland addict. My family aims to go weekly. Last year we went 49 times!

Why have you chosen to do what you do:

I worked at a test prep company for about a year managing 30 full-time tutors remotely. Being new to the online education space, I treated my role as a paid-internship. I studied the industry and business model and once I realized I could build a better mousetrap I left the company and started my own. I love to build up people and programs so I’m excited about the future of this endeavor.

Share one of your success stories:

10 years ago when I started as an entrepreneur I pitched myself as an executive coach for Millennials. I was given a month contract and worked it into a 2 year one. My most memorable turnaround was with someone I worked with for 5 months. Initially when we met she was resistant to work together. In the end, I helped her earn a promotion, improve her communication skills and attitude. Instead of introducing myself to the next cohort of individuals I worked with, she sold them on her experience working together and she is someone I still keep in contact with several years later.

If you had only one piece of advice for other young professionals from your experiences what would it be?

Network like your life depends on it. Instead of making networking a goal, make it part of your lifestyle. You can never know too many people and you can always strengthen existing relationships. If you’re introverted, aim for quality over quantity. Use LinkedIn to connect with people, then call or grab coffee with local contacts. Your greatest career asset is who you know, not what you know. Technology isn’t changing that.

How do we connect with you?

Website: https://gfacademy.online/

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/scottasai

Medium: https://medium.com/@growingforward

   

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Opinion: Networking

Oftentimes as young professionals we connect with more experienced folks in our industry hoping to leverage their skills and expertise. We want a mentor. We want their insights on the work we are doing. Or we just want to further connect within our industry’s network. Now all of those things great, and will help you develop in your career, but as young professionals we constantly forget that relationships are a two way street.

Now, some people are abundantly generous and will give their time and insights without asking for anything in return. But we, as young professionals, do have something to offer as well. We need to remember that we can also bring something to the table. In most instances, to truly build effective, long-lasting relationships both parties have to put in work. Giving back is the glue that holds relationships together. And as professionals in our 20s and 30s we have so much to give. Whether it be new perspectives and ideas, some tips on social media, or just lending an ear, we have plenty to offer. 

Bring value to the table, contribute, collaborate, and engage in all of your relationships and they will be all the better for it in the long run.