Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20.
Each year when we select the new class of our 40 Under 40, we get them talking about their business, sure, but we also go deeper. We ask them about their best de-stress tactic, how they manage their time, where they like to travel, and even about their favorite room in their home. We ask them about the best advice they ever got. This year, we tweaked that and asked: what advice would you give to your 20-year-old self? Here are some of their best answers.
Ivanka Trump, EVP, Development and Acquisitions, Trump Organization (no. 33)
Nick Woodman, Founder and CEO, GoPro (no. 12)
Michael Patterson, Partner, Highbridge Principal Strategies (no. 38)
Vijaya Gadde, General Counsel, Twitter (no. 28)
Sarah Kauss, Founder and CEO, S'well (no. 36)
Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO, Walker & Co. (no. 35)
Kevin Chou, Co-founder and CEO, Kabam (no. 25)
Anthony Watson, CIO, Nike (no. 19)
I would tell myself that tackling and overcoming the challenges of growing up as a member of the LGBT community will make you a resilient, authentic, compassionate, perceptive and powerful leader one day. Hang in there, you will have many amazing people walk along side you and bring out the best in you.
Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest (no. 37)
Josh Tetrick, Founder and CEO, Hampton Creek (no. 22)
There are too many urgent needs in this world—whether in food, education, health, campaign finance reform—for you not to focus your energy on them. They’re too urgent, and the irony about focusing on what the world needs the most is that there’s actually a lot of happiness that flows in engaging something higher than yourself.