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Tomorrow’s Leaders: Q&A with Electrical Technician Supervisor Erik Peralta

A successful business requires forward thinking. Success today doesn’t guarantee success tomorrow. Maintaining momentum and continuing growth means intentional steps to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to stand on the shoulders of today’s success and move forward. We spoke with Erik Peralta, electrical technician with Spec Engineering, a Gray company, about lessons learned, dealing with challenges, and advice for future leaders.


How do you feel about failure and challenges?


“I love the next new challenge. At the end of the day, if I put my best foot forward, I can accept failure. But, if I’ve learned nothing from it, I will fail again. In my opinion, we must learn from failure in order to succeed.”


What are your methods for handling adversity?


“I handle adversity with a smile and by being mindful of the situation.”


What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?


“We should trust but verify. We must realize that all people are fallible, so the person you turn to may let you down.”


If you could provide a young professional one piece of advice, what would it be?


“Be confident, yet humble. If not, this industry will humble you.”


What guidance would you offer your younger self?


“Don’t sweat the small stuff. Worrying about things too much will only make things worse.”


What skills/qualities are necessary for success?


“Gratitude! I appreciate all the people around me, and I hope it’s reciprocated.”


Who has played a strong influence in your life and why?


“My Mom has been a strong influence in my life. She has faced so much adversity, and the way she has handled it all is amazing.”


In one word, what motivates you?


“Goals. I use these goals as a daily guide. It’s important to understand your priorities and purpose in life in order to stay motivated and focused.”


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