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Chapter 15 | Dealing With Setbacks

When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “Wow, that was an adventure,” not “Wow, I sure felt safe.”

— Tom Preston-Werner, Github co-founder

“I now know I shouldn’t make big life decisions when I’m stressed, overwhelmed and not sleeping well.” That’s how the conversation with my client Carol began. She described signing a contract to sell her small bed and breakfast inn after her husband passed away. “I allowed my fear to rule my decision and not my intuition.”

Carol went on to tell me that her husband had died two years earlier after a long illness. The stress of trying to keep the B&B going ...

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