Tue, 9 February 2021
What’s the worst career choice you ever made?
I remember when I was younger, everybody told me not to move to San Francisco. They said I couldn’t afford to live there, that I didn’t know anything about speaking, and that I was a terrible writer and couldn’t write a book.
People would say that I should be a lawyer or a doctor, that I should do this or that. And I spent a lot of my life listening to other people and trying to fit into somebody else's mold.
When I wanted to start a business, everybody told me that I didn’t know anything about starting a business and that I should get an MBA instead.
Listening to other people was the worst career mistake I ever made.
It took me several years to understand that I shouldn't be listening to other people--I should be listening to myself.
It's ok to take advice from other people and to hear what others are saying. But ultimately, you have to take it with a grain of salt, because nobody knows you better than you.