André's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Seattle, WA

ANDRé BEARFIELD

Senior Director of Product
IBM Blue Box

“I’ve been very successful, and it’s not because I’m special—it’s just because I always focused on what I wanted.”

INTERESTS:

Science Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Courage Desire Doubt Determination Transitions Risk Confidence Self-Reflection Success Community Pride Societal Pressures Values Culture Hard Work Planning Instincts Opportunity Regrets Focus Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

biochemistry, change, choice, combining interests, disappointment, drive, empowerment, internet, leaving home, music, physics, positivity, present, pressure, problem solver, science, self image, self motivation, technology, tools

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas; the city had one of the top 10 highest crime rates in America when he was growing up.
  • Also went to college in Little Rock, where he originally studied biochemistry because he thought he wanted to become a doctor.
  • By his junior year, he knew he didn’t want to be a doctor, but he also didn’t have the money to change majors and spend more time in school, so he put his head down and pushed to finish.
  • After school, he realized he didn’t want to keep living in Little Rock, so he researched different cities, searching for a place with a low crime rate and an upward trend in growing technology.
  • He settled on Seattle, Washington; packed up all of his stuff in his car and drove halfway across the country without any plans for when he got to his destination.
  • Despite having to figure out where he was going to live and work, he was so excited about the change that he wasn’t worried.
  • Within a few weeks, he’d found a place to live and the perfect job for someone looking to learn more about technology.
  • Says that really successful people always take big risks; once he figured this out, he didn’t become a huge risk-taker overnight, but he started building more risk into his decisions.

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