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Roberto Romero Hidalgo

"Work hard, be enthusiastic, and never give up."

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I always wanted to be a professional soccer player. However, once I got into high school, I faced the decision of enrolling in a professional team, or keep on studying, and I realized the risks of dropping school were too high to take, since at least 5 years would have to go through before I started playing professionally, and with the uncertainty of whether I would make it or not.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

The most defining moment was when I started working in Banco de M?xico, because the typical career path there is to stay 2-3 years, and then pursue graduate studies abroad. Since that moment, my goal was to come to Stanford.

How did you get your big breaks?

Work hard, be enthusiastic, and never give up.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

I learned that working hard always has its rewards. That sometimes you feel like your effort has no recognition, and you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that by working hard, and not giving up, you will always reach your goals, and in case you don't, at least you will feel fine because you know you did all that was in your hands.

What have you learned from your experience?

I am looking for a job after business school, so I don't know what I will be doing next.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

The respect and recognition of every single person I ever worked with.

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