I'm writing this post with a little bias.

This Student Spotlight features someone very near and dear to Joseph and me: our younger brother, Jordan.

Now those of you who know Jordan at all are probably smiling or laughing right now. It's pretty common any time someone hears his name (I know I do). There are a lot of reasons for that, including but not limited to:

  • He's pretty funny (laughing with him)
  • He's very funny (laughing at him- too many stories and counting...)
  • He has an incredible magnetism about him
  • He's always fun to talk to and fun to be around

Joseph, Jordan and I are each two years apart. His senior year at Indiana University, we started working with him to provide some academic support, but primarily to help prepare him for his upcoming job search.

Jordan was an informatics major who was never able to perform as well as he wanted to in school, so he knew the battle would lie in overcoming that first screen from companies and just getting the interviews. Given his strong people skills, we assumed he would nail his interviews.

And that's exactly what he did. Once Jordan found the right fit, he got offers from two startup companies in Nashville, TN and began working at one of them in June! He was promoted to the next level of sales in just about a month, he loves the people and culture at his company, and he is living in an awesome apartment downtown with three guys in Teach for America (and a very cute puppy named Bailey). In other words, he is doing extremely well!

Joseph and I FaceTimed Jordan last night at his new apartment. We got to see his place for the first time, meet Bailey, and continue to hear great things about his job, his friends from work, and how much he likes Nashville. The fact that he was happy was obvious, which was so awesome for us to see and feel, even through the phone. This phone call prompted writing this article.

  Jordan and our lovely cousin, Hannah

Jordan and our lovely cousin, Hannah

Joseph and I are so incredibly proud of him. Even at 2 and 4 years younger respectively, he continues to teach us about elite relationship and interpersonal skills. Jordan always knows how to make you feel like the most important person in the room, and that inspires us to be better and try to do the same.

I think one big takeaway is to always be willing to learn. Always be open to inspiration. It can come from unexpected places, even those that are younger than you with far less experience.

With such strong people skills and a newly discovered work ethic, we think the sky is the beginning, not the limit, for Jordan. We can't wait, as his brothers, to watch him fly.

What did you think of this post? Who has inspired you lately, and how have they inspired you? Let us know in the comments!

Want to read another post about a strong communication skills? Check out our post on Steph Curry's post-game interview.