The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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Atlantic Solutions President to Become a “Big Brother”

ufvrefr8Giving back is a core value of Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, NJ. So we can’t say that we’re surprised that our president has decided to volunteer his time as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York City. We can say, though, that we’re so impressed and proud to have a leader who has made this a priority in his very busy life.

BBBS has expressed that one of their biggest challenges at the moment is closing the gap between the number boys on their waitlist and the pool of male volunteers. Thankfully, our president is stepping up to the plate! He shared, “There are a lot of kids who don’t have that person to look up to. I’m the man I am today in part because of my dad.”

This is an activity that our president and his wife will be doing together, and both are excited to have the opportunity to support some great kids. They started the journey with BBBS on November 9th in Brooklyn at an orientation program. They went over the history of the program, shared the success stories of their kids, and addressed the steps to officially get going. Our president learned that it takes two to three months for the background checks and matching process to take place before a Big Brother or Big Sister can begin mentoring a child. While, of course, our president is anxious to get going, he is thankful to have the opportunity to mentor a child in need.

Did you know that in New York City there are over 500,000 children living at or below the poverty level? All of us at Atlantic Solutions would like to encourage anyone reading this to consider taking part in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program as well.

Leading the youth mentoring movement since 1904, the BBBS mission is to give children who face adversity the opportunity to build a relationship with a great mentor. The results of the program are impressive, to say the least. We learned that 96% of “Littles” who graduated from high school were accepted into college.

We will keep you updated on our president and his wife’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, so be sure to stay tuned! You can connect with Atlantic Solutions on Linked In here!