Aside from my technical abilities, my core strengths are curiosity, empathy and tenacity. These were evolved after 6 years in a sales role, but help me daily as a SWE. CURIOSITY- when faced with a new challenge my mindset is not >I don’t know>, it is “I don’t know this yet”. EMPATHY- I learned to listen, not to reply, but to understand the needs of my customer (or user, project manager, colleague etc). TENACITY- I accept that failure is part of growth. It may be painful but it is the only way to improve.