Aneetra Alford - Insurance Professional

What is the one book that you recommend people should read and why?

The One Book I recommend everyone read is The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes because it teaches you that we can bring positive results for things we desire by maintaining positive thoughts and embracing the positive feelings.

What inspired your career path?

There is a lot of room for growth in the insurance industry.  The insurance industry is very diverse regarding career paths which can include: sales, marketing, claims, finance, accounting, and human resources.

What is one trend that really excites you?

I am not really into social media; however, I do enjoy following conversations and reading the different perspectives of others as it relates to various topics on Twitter.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Follow your instincts and heart don’t procrastinate. Also, we are going to have what we call bad days, but we must remember it won’t be that way forever and we can start over the next day

What is one strategy that has helped you grow in your career?

I have to remind myself that we often waste our time worrying about things that are likely not to happen.

What is one failure you had as a professional, and how did you overcome it?

I have hesitated to branch out into different professional roles that I know I have been well qualified for.  I have overcome this by embracing the support and encouragement of my family and longtime colleagues.

As an insurance professional what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I revisit the amount of the various coverages on my policies to check for any changes that may be necessary due to family or lifestyle changes.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an insurance professional?

I am not afraid to ask questions if I need help.  Although I have worked in the industry for many years, I reach out to more tenure or fewer tenure colleagues if they are knowledgeable in certain areas.

Who are your role models as it relates to work ethics?

My grandfather Coach Jerry C. Johnson recently turned 100 years old and was the head basketball coach at Lemoyne Owen College for 46 years before retiring in 2008.  He lost both of his parents when he was a child and taught himself to play various sports.  He was the first African American coach in Tennessee to lead his school to a Division III NCAA championship in 1975 and is featured in  a film: “1st Forgotten Champions: The legacy of Jerry Johnson.”

Additionally, both of my parents worked over 40 years in their careers and have held leadership positions.

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