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Obviously we all love to hear stories about entrepreneurs 'making it', but what I love even more is when they don't leave out all the ugly bits where they went wrong, or had to correct course and try something different; this way I always end up taking away something more from the discussion. I had a chat with Neil Patel which was truly inspiring and I've tried to pluck out some of the main lessons that he felt contributed to his undeniable success! I would love to put together a similar piece in the future with more tips from the Growth Hackers community, so please feel free to leave me with a lesson that you've felt has really affected your success, either positively, or negatively!!

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    Amanda Milligan

    over 3 years ago #

    I'm not an entrepreneur, but I can tell you one thing.

    I made a mistake by not trusting myself.

    When you're young and starting out in a business (for me, content marketing), you spend a lot of time soaking up knowledge, getting feedback, and treading carefully until you understand the ins and outs.

    But I stayed in the mindset for too long. I continued seeking approval and relying on other people's opinions because I hadn't recognized just how much experience I'd gained and information I'd internalized.

    Part of it was because of my previous work environments. If you don't properly train your employees and then empower them to make decisions and take action, they won't.

    But part of it was also just my lack of courage to go out there and try new things and expose myself to the risk of failure.

    At my current job, where people trust me, I finally took hold of my position and started putting my ideas into motion.

    What I realized almost immediately is how many years I wasted being worried and not reaching my full potential.

    Of course, over-confidence is a bad thing -- not taking the time to listen to the smart people around you -- but my advice to everyone is TRUST YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE.

    It'll be the best for you, your work, and your company.

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    Matthew Spurr

    over 3 years ago #

    Here's the blog in case you're interested: http://blog.quuu.co/3-business-lessons-neil-patel/?utm_campaign=Submission&utm_medium=Community&utm_source=GrowthHackers.com Would really love to hear some answer on here though please guys :-)