Good afternoon, this is Travis Wilke from the Richland County CEO Class of 2020. I am highlighting my favorite chapter from the book, Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday. Craig Lindvahl, the mind behind creating the CEO program, had a plethora of wisdom to draw from, and this is just my favorite excerpt from the book. The chapter, "Perseverance is Overrated," stuck out to me, and I would like to share what made it so interesting. The chapter talks about how many people misunderstand the story of Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb. In the series of failures he had leading up to his revolutionary invention, he expected to not have his first attempts to be successful. In fact, the chapter says he must have anticipated taking hundreds and hundreds of attempts before finding something that worked. When we fail to acknowledge the obstacles and challenges, we can't embrace the knowledge that comes with our hard work. If we do acknowledge the challenges, we often let fear keep us from using our creativity and work ethic to produce ideas and solutions. Wrapping up the chapter, Craig Lindvahl says, "If you know there will be failures and vow to learn from them, you'll focus on the goal, not the individual failures." What a way to look at life! I feel by having this mindset we can prevent ourselves from feeling bad about ourselves, and we can use our capabilities to be more productive. I hope you enjoy these words from Craig Lindvahl as much as I do!

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