I made every mistake in the book. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. And, at first, I didn’t have any seasoned business advisors at my side. Being drug through the mud globally, I know the taste of mud well. There are many flavors, like fudge. Ah, levity.
On a more serious note, across three decades, there are 3 mistakes that stand taller than the rest. These three things are what I would classify as my 3 biggest mistakes:
· I partnered with the wrong people. (Identity Capital)
· I didn’t know all of the pieces that must be managed for sustainable money. (Pragmatic Capital)
· I didn’t understand the value, significance, and importance of a scalable business model. (Financial Capital)
These three mistakes cost me millions. Let’s attempt to lift some wisdom from the movie Zoolander.
Derek Zoolander: Well I guess it all started the first time I went through the second grade. I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking “wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.”
Matilda: Do what for a career?
Derek Zoolander: Be professionally good looking.
Before you rush out to buy a “Really, Really Ridiculously Good Looking” Zoolander T-Shirt from Amazon’s prime wardrobe, consider this:
Derek Zoolander: Maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good looking?
I share this with you to say the following. Maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously bad with money.