Former CEO of the famously failed Pets.com Julie Wainwright publishes a brutally honest inventory of the life-changing mistakes she's made and how she's moved on from them. After her company and her marriage collapsed (in the same week!) and her company's mascot became a symbol for the dotcom bust, Wainwright says:
I would like to tell you that I was down but not out. That I just brushed myself off and got on with life. I didn't. At first, I kept myself hyper-busy. That lasted for about three months. Then, I sank into a depression. I'm sure I was in shock for a long time. It was a very dark, confused time in my life. I kept pushing myself to get back to normal. That didn't happen. I never got back to myself. I became better than I was.Julie talks through 5 mistakes she made and how she moved on.
- Mistake 1: I allowed others to define me.
- Mistake 2: I built my image of myself on two main supporting pillars. When those collapsed, I did too.
- Mistake 3: I stopped believing in myself.
- Mistake 4: I stopped taking care of myself.
- Mistake 5: Allowing my head to rule my heart.
As a leader you must be clinging to the gospel. The gospel speaks of the reality of who you are "in Christ". In Christ, you are completely accepted. In Christ, you are completely known. In Christ, you are completely loved.
How do you move on from life changing mistakes? Cling to Christ and preach the gospel to your heart everyday.