1. Your message to kids today that you wish you knew back then what you currently know now. Be specific.
I wish I had realized that my definition of success would change over time so that I would not have gotten so hung up on things that really did not matter (office politics, bad bosses, top bonus possible, etc.). I was in such a rush back then to be promoted and receive recognition for my career achievements but really it was much more important long term just to learn my craft and build a strong reputation which I was doing but did not appreciate until much later in my career. I had no idea back then then I would not stay on the corporate path and become an entrepreneur instead and that would in fact be a much happier route for a fulfilling life. I ended up learning a lot more from my tough bosses and career setbacks than I would have if things had gone smoothly. Sometimes not getting what you think you want is actually a gift but that can be hard to see at the time. At 47 I am very grateful for all the bumps and bruises along the way.
2. How did you learn your lesson or what was your lesson? Did you get hurt, did you upset someone, did you get scared?
As the motto of my high school states, discumus agere agendo, you learn to do by doing. I have learned patience, compassion, humility, gratitude through my life experience.
3. What you would have done differently back then if you could turn back time.
I would have chilled out more, gotten less stressed over little things, taken more creative classes in college, and never take my health for granted.
4. Do you convey this message to children in your life today?
I try to share these lessons with my nieces, nephews & godkids every chance I get!
– Paige Arnof-Fenn, Founder & CEO, Mavens & Moguls