“The 10 Best Life and Business Lessons I’ve Learned So Far”

Here are three of several business insights learned from Timothy Sykes, Elon Musk’s chief automotive designer, that almost anyone can can apply to life and business. To read the complete article and check out others that Entrepreneur magazine offers, please click here.

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I recently turned 34, which has prompted me to look back and reflect on the top 34 lessons and pieces of wisdom I have gained throughout my life and career.

I have been fortunate enough to face certain challenges and overcome certain obstacles. This journey has left me with countless life lessons that I feel privileged to have learned first hand. These are the [three of the] 10 best lessons I’ve learned so far.

1. Hard work will always outweigh talent.

The number-one lesson I’ve learned in my lifetime is that nothing beats hard work. Hard work outweighs talent and intelligence and is necessary if you want to succeed. This not only means working hard when things are going well, but working harder when things are not. It means taking calculated risks and sticking to them, no matter how challenging they are.

2. Be confident enough to accept your faults.

No person is perfect, and everyone has faults, no matter how successful or unsuccessful they may be. Don’t waste your time trying to cover up your faults. Instead, accept them, face reality and do your best to work around these faults. There is no greater sign of confidence than self-acceptance.

3. Learn from the past.

So many people focus on the future, and while having a plan in place is important, it is equally important to never forget to learn from the past. Don’t be afraid to look back. Your past performance actually does reflect future performance. This is something to remember both in your personal ventures and your financial ones. You must make mistakes to build character and to make yourself a better, more rounded individual. Make sure to look back on these mistakes and learn from them.

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