We had the good fortune of connecting with Bahija Humphrey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bahija, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has played a thematic role in my life. When I look back and assess my successes and my failures, where I have learned the most and when I have nudged my life up, I can trace it to a series of risks. I’m a big believer in taking smart risks. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I decided to move to New York. It was a risk to start my life in a city that I did not have any connection to, so I did what I could to make this move successful. I applied for jobs and didn’t move until I secured one. I looked for a place to live online and didn’t move until I had one lined up. When I landed in New York in the dead of winter, I had a place to live and a place to work waiting for me in the big city. It felt somehow less scary this way. The thing about risks is that you can do your best to prepare and think through potential outcomes, but at some point, you have to take the leap and go for it, and that is where growth exists. It hides in this point of tension that you have to get through; And in my experience, the rewards are worth it. If you make it, you will have achieved something you set out to do and can reap those rewards. If you don’t, you will have learned something in the process and will be stronger on the other side.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a diverse background, working in several industries, and sectors – for-profit, non-profit and government. This experience has allowed me to explore and be curious, two factors that have weighed heavily in my success. I have learned to be open to new challenges, be nimble and adapt quickly, and to take advantage of great opportunities. I am convinced that these types of skills, the kinds that not necessarily trainable, are most valued and can propel you in your career.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would welcome anyone to Sunny San Diego with a few key experiences: going to the beach, hiking in the desert, taking a stroll in some of our diverse and artistic communities, and plenty of tacos!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my husband and partner in life, Bobby Humphrey. He has believes in me, pushes me, supports me and loves me in an way I didn’t believe was possible. I feel so grateful to have found such a genuine and kind soul to share life’s journey with.