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What mistakes have you made and what did you learn from them?
Where do I even start?? I take great comfort in the fact that most insanely successful people have experienced catastrophic failure more than once in their lives. On the way to where I am currently, I have experienced more defeat than I ever thought possible. I have been fired by clients I never EVER expected to fire me. I have put all my eggs in one basket. I have trusted the wrong people far too often than I care to admit. I have assumed that others have the same good intentions that I do. But here is the important part: with every mistake I have LEARNED an important lesson. But I have not grown bitter or cynical. Certainly this would be easy to do. Instead, I believe that each decision I make leads me to a place of better understanding. Wisdom is born of experience. And the more you experience failure, the more you develop as a person and as a leader. Without mistakes and failure, I never would have learned how to be a better business person and leader. Without the opportunity to overcome adversity – even the adversity created by my own bad decisions – I never would have grown! I think the best advice I can give is this: trust your gut. Listen. Love. Trust but verify. And never EVER compromise your values and principles. In the end, you will WIN. And failure is never final. It is simply an opportunity to learn and improve.