Don’t View Yourself as Flawed and Weak, But Rather as Persevering

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When I look back on my business career, sometimes I get down on myself. I remember situations that I could have handled better, and been more effective, if I didn’t suffer from such severe anxiety.

I remember a meeting I had with the accounting department staff when I was CFO. In this executive position I didn’t meet with these staff members very often—they were more likely to interact with the Accounting Manager or Controller. There must have been an important bit of news for me to assemble them and make a presentation.

I remember feeling very nervous before and during this meeting. I was having a bad day.

Yet, when I’ve allowed myself to think more about this particular meeting, I’m also quite sure I did the best I could. In my career I always tried to be empathic, human and honest in my encounters with staff, and so I’m pretty sure this particular meeting was no exception. I probably did much better than I give myself credit for.

No matter what your shortcomings—and we all have them—you also probably don’t give yourself enough credit for doing your best. Whether you consider yourself lacking in energy, patience, experience, or whatever, it doesn’t mean you are not valuable and strong. Let’s all value ourselves for persevering, day in and day out, despite our flaws. We deserve it.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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