Push yourself to always take a step above and beyond what is being asked of you. Anticipate what your company, and what your boss, needs. To me, an “A player” is one who does not have to be told what to do. She figures it out for herself without waiting for direction. This is a sign of a future leader—someone with the confidence and resourcefulness to figure things out and help move an organization forward.
Also, figure out what you truly love so much that you would do it without even being paid for it. If you can find meaningful work in that field, your job won’t feel like a job, but rather, like a passion you get to live out every day. I often find myself working long hours, not because I am forced to, but rather, because I really enjoy every aspect of my job and take great pleasure in it
On Finding Success and Staying Competitive
Success depends on developing a global outlook, an appreciation of how technology changes behaviors, and the courage to disrupt the status quo.
On the Importance of Role Models and Mentors
Aside from family, the person who had the most profound impact on my life was my piano teacher and voice instructor for 12 years, Helen Kim. She was an immigrant from Korea who learned English as an adult, but spoke many other languages fluently. Nothing could stop her. She was a dynamo, and was successful at everything she attempted.
On Facing Challenges
Leaving a company after pouring your heart and soul into it and helping it grow is always the hardest thing for me.
Nataly’s Advice to Young Women Starting Careers
Look at the people in a company before you decide to work there. Do they share common values and embrace a common mission that also motivates you? You only get to work in a small number of jobs throughout your career, so try to choose those that truly reflect your core values. If you do that, you will progress in your career faster, prompted by sheer enthusiasm and passion for what you do.