Realizing a New Job Was a Mistake on Day 1: Eric Twiggs

Realizing a New Job Was a Mistake on Day 1: Eric Twiggs

My guest for Episode #45 of “the My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Eric M. Twiggs, the host of the podcast called The 30 Minute Hour. I was his guest in this episode last month, so please take a listen. I've really enjoyed both conversations with him!

Eric is a founding partner and president of The What Now Movement. His mission is to build high performing entrepreneurs, authors, and career professionals, who are prepared for life’s unexpected curve balls.

Eric is the author of The Discipline of Now: 12 Practical Principles to Overcome Procrastination. Scroll down to enter to win a copy!

In today's episode, Eric tells a story about leaving a company to take a new job as a district manager at a video store company. On the very first day of the new job, Eric thought he had made a huge mistake. He didn't quit, because that would have been admitting a mistake… was that a mistake? He stuck with it and ended up learning so much from that challenging role that he calls a “favorite mistake” now.

We also talk about situational leadership, finding your purpose, and the patterns that cause us to procrastinate — and what we can do about it.

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"I was at a point in my career where I realized that I am successful, but I didn't feel significant."

"Here's why it's my favorite mistake. It forced me to dig into situational leadership. And I had to learn how to deal with people at different development levels."

"I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. I'm much more of an effective communicator, much more an effective leader than I would have been had that mistake not happened."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.