Our new five questions series asks parking professionals about the habits and hobbies that allow them to be the best versions of themselves at work, and otherwise. Check back next month for more!
Scott Gould, VP Business Development, Parker Technology
Scott Gould is a cat owner, adventurous home cook, and handyman. He is known for putting relationships first and his excellent smoked meats. His weakness is a “VERY good bourbon.”
1. How do you start your day?
Weekdays, generally I start with a kiss from my wife, a cup of coffee and a quick conversation around who is fixing breakfast. That quickly changes to who’s feeding the cats and who’s cleaning up hairballs from the previous night. Sad, I know, but that is a typical day in my house and I wouldn’t change it. From there I kiss her goodbye as I manage the 25 feet to my home office and tell her I’ll be home for lunch. I’m blessed.
2. What do you do to enrich yourself outside of work?
Family time. There’s nothing better than getting together with family and sharing time together like a holiday or free weekend for a meal. I love to cook.
I also enjoy home improvement projects. I’m rewarded by seeing things my hands create. I dabble in electrical, plumbing, construction, landscaping, interior design, upgrading appliances and fixtures, and have more tools than should be allowed. I’m a jack of all trades, master of none, but I know my limitations. Sometimes you just have to call a pro.
3. If you need inspiration, where do you draw from?
My grandsons (hoping for grandaughters someday, too). The innocent, honest, inquisitive conversations and time together remind me of the really important things….family, friendships, and the legacy I hope to leave behind. If my grandkids have memories of me like I have of my grandparents, I’ll have done a good job.
4. What work-related habit or practice do you think contributes the most to your success?
The motto I follow is “manage my customers problems, and I will be rewarded financially in an appropriate way.” As soon as I start managing my work according to my bonus, I’ve lost. You cannot build lasting, rewarding relationships that way.
5. What’s the best thing you’ve found to do when you’re stressed?
Go to a quiet place (weather permitting, my back porch) fire up a good cigar, sip on a glass of VERY good bourbon and listen to some Van Morrison, Citizen Cope, etc.
It’s even better to share those moments with a good friend or my wife. She doesn’t smoke cigars, but tolerates them for me and says she likes the smell. She’s the best.
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