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Get Power from Past Struggles with Darrell Vesterfelt

In this interview, you’ll learn to seek struggle instead of comfort. Darrell Vesterfelt is a serial entrepreneur and dispenses wisdom throughout this entire interview. One of my favorite parts of the interview was when he talked about his journaling practice and the difficult questions he asked himself to uncover new insights.

Highlights from the interview:

  • What made Darrell who he is today.
  • He realized his superpower came from his past.
  • How entrepreneurship first popped into his head.
  • Stumbling on to ideas.
  • Nike was built because of all the hardships.
  • Strength comes from all the hardships that we’ve went through.
  • An important mindset shift that helped jump-start his career.
  • Why our past helps us form our strengths.
  • Avoiding the default life.
  • The power of reframing how we think about things.
  • How he dealt with the pain of laying people off in his company.
  • Creating buffers in business to help avoid future pitfalls.
  • Clarifying the vision and mission of the company.
  • How he dealt with a dream job that he was fired from.
  • Framework: Taking a longer view of the whole process.
  • Why his view of his business has changed from his 20’s into his 30’s.
  • Journaling practice: Asking himself questions like, “Why is this so hard?”
  • Just asking yourself the question is important. 
  • The subconscious mind is very powerful, and how you can better utilize it.
  • The courage of asking a question and allowing yourself not to know the answer.
  • Seeking truth instead of comfort.
  • The best leaders focus on doing this to become great leaders.
  • Developing your empathy skill set.
  • Creating practices that help you become a more mindful leader.
  • How to measure your growth so you are heading in the right direction.
  • We often forget the most important ways to grow.
  • Using the leadership loop.
  • Most shared book and most listened to podcast.

You can learn more about Darrell over at his website, Darrell Vesterfelt. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn

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