From Arlene: Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Biggest Regrets

From Arlene: Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Biggest Regrets

Lifestyle | Posted by YouInc.com - November 29, 2017 at 12:30 am
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On a recent Sunday evening, I asked my online community, “what is your biggest regret?” An overwhelming amount of honest and heartfelt replies came through--from not dreaming big enough, to not spending more time with family, and to contemplating how to better enjoy life. I wanted to share these stories with our community and encourage each of us to pass this thread onto our kids, grandkids, and young entrepreneurs. Here’s what people courageously shared: 

NOT DREAMING BIG ENOUGH 

“Not starting our own business sooner.”

“Every time I’ve ever doubted myself. I wish I would’ve been confident and had faith in myself that I would accomplish my goal.”

“Living with the idea day in and out that I am destined for more, but just can’t materialize or visualize what that is....at 37.”

“Laziness and procrastination. Getting too comfortable and not pushing myself.” 

“Not pushing myself out of my comfort zone when choosing where to go to university.”

NOT HAVING A MENTOR OR SOMEONE TO GUIDE ME 

“Not having the courage to leave my home province to get my architectural degree. I wish I'd had a mentor who could have guided me.”

“Letting everyone else tell me what ‘they’ think I should do in my life. Not having a strong female mentor to ‘push’ me.”

“Not doing well in high school, as it severely limited my future, and now I'm doomed to work menial jobs, unless I get super lucky somehow.”

WISHING I HAD SAID OR DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH FAMILY 

“I scolded my dad over something really stupid. He died a couple hours later. I never got to reconcile.”

“Not taking off more time when my children were born.”

“I didn’t call my grandfather the night he died.”

“Not having the wisdom when I was young , and even not so young, to give my mom the respect and help she deserved.”

NOT PURSUING WHAT I WANTED IN LIFE 

“Not travelling more or living life to its fullest, while my wife was alive. Work should never take priority over one's life.”

“I regret not living enough in the present. As Lao Tzu said, living in the past = depression and in the future = anxiety.”

“We should have moved to Canada earlier.”

“Working so hard on my business that I forgot to enjoy life.”

“Not following my passion from the very beginning. Never let others dictate your direction in life.”

MAKE YOUR REGRETS WORK TO YOUR BENEFIT

So, what do we do with our regrets? We have to ask ourselves what matters right now and take action. If you want to go back to school, enroll. If you want to make amends with a family member, pick up the phone. If you want to cultivate a stronger team culture, start now. As we start to see progress, we’ll believe in the possibility for positive change. 

If you liked this article, we suggest reading How To Overcome Regret According To Headspace CEO Andy Puddicombe

What’s your biggest regret, and what are you doing about it? 

Tags: arlene asks, arlene dickinson, life change, life goals, mentors, dealing with regret, regret

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list.  She is also the CEO of YouInc.com, a company she founded in 2012 that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle. 

Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den, The Big Decision and marketing expert on Recipe to Riches.  She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In. 

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Patricia Coyne
December 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Thankyou this helps me feel I'm not alone and its OK to have doubts , do love the idea of posting a picture of yourself when you were in grade school when you had little inhibitions on what you could accomplish will do tis for sure.
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