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All of my bridge-burning moves seem impulsive and foolish in hindsight. But I wouldn’t change a single one of them. They each got me a little bit closer to finding my way.

One of the cardinal rules of life: Don’t burn your bridges.

Well, I have to make confession. I’ve burned so many bridges that I have a standing offer of employment from Al Qaeda.

But somewhere along the path of dumb mistakes and bad decisions, I learned perhaps the most important lesson of business and in life: Know Yourself.

To explain what I mean, let me give you a quick description of the worst carnage:

  • Just when I was starting to make money, I abandoned my college-backed career to move to Italy. Just because I could.
  • A few years later, I left a great job, an enviable lifestyle, and an interesting social circle in Italy to become a freelance writer.
  • When a recession slowed down my business, I became a full-time teacher in order to pay the mortgage.
  • When I realized I wasn’t helping anyone as a teacher, and that it was slowly choking my dreams, I resigned in order...wait for it… to become a freelance writer again.

Maybe you have a similar story.

Maybe you should.

Because if you want to be truly successful, you have to know two things: First, what can you offer to the world that is truly valuable? And second, what will genuinely make you happy?

All of my bridge-burning moves seem impulsive and foolish in hindsight. But I wouldn’t change a single one of them. They each got me a little bit closer to finding my way.