I’ve spent my life at a company where the core values of the company were “do more” and “build better things”.
I don’t think I’m one of those people.
I’m not even sure I’m worthy of the name “tech leader”.
I’m not the most qualified.
I’ve spent the last decade as an entrepreneur and have been through a lot.
I’ve built businesses from start to finish, run companies that changed the world and, most recently, founded an international technology company with a mission to help people with disabilities live in the 21st century.
I have done it all with humility and a huge amount of humility.
And yet, I’ve never really understood the “why”.
Why does it feel like I’m the only one who can do it?
What’s wrong with me?
I’m an optimist.
I believe in people and the future.
I know that we can make things better for everyone.
I also know that if I’m truly good at what I do, then I can build companies that can help people.
So, I’m more than a great founder and CEO.
I am a person.
I have a soul.
And so, in this article, I will share my story.
Innovations and mistakesAs I said in the intro, I spent my entire life in Silicon Valley.
And as I look back on that time, I see things that were amazing but ultimately doomed to fail.
In the beginning, I thought I could solve the world’s problems by simply building more stuff.
I thought it would all be easy.
I was wrong.
In fact, there were many other problems to be solved that I could have solved with my own efforts, but I didn’t.
And those problems were the ones that got me in this mess.
I started my company, Salsa Systems, in 1996.
I started out building software for companies and startups.
In 2000, I started an online video production company called Zappos.
In 2005, I founded a start-up that was the world leader in providing online education.
I founded more than 50 other companies and I worked for several large tech companies.
And I built businesses that changed more lives than any other company I worked with.
In all of these companies, I did my best to be a better person and a better leader.
But over the years, I realized that what I was doing was not working.
And the more I looked into it, the more it made me realize that.
I am not a great leader.
I failed in so many areas.
For example, I never learned how to communicate effectively.
I always had problems with people and communication.
I never made sure that I was communicating effectively with other people.
I did not have the discipline to do the things I was supposed to be doing.
And it was just the beginning.
I was working on a project that I had been working on for years.
But I never realized it until it was too late.
My project never reached completion and, more importantly, I wasn’t the one that got it done.
It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
I needed to be in charge of this project, I needed it to be successful.
And in my heart, I wanted it to succeed.
I knew it would be hard to keep that promise.
I even thought about it.
I had been a big believer that everything was going to be okay.
I would do my best and the world would be great.
I believed in myself and in this project.
But then, it all changed.
It just wasn’t right.
I realized I was the wrong leader for this project and I had to do better.
And that’s when it all started to fall apart.
My team and I all worked together.
We were great.
We built the world in the past, but we were also learning from each other and from the other people in the room.
We had a great vision for what we wanted to do and we believed that it would get done.
But it didn’t, and it took us all of 20 years to figure it out.
And then, one day, a day after my team was finished building this amazing new product, I was shocked to discover that the vision had changed.
We started over from scratch, and we had no idea how to make this product work.
And we were so lost that we thought we were doing something wrong.
I wanted to make sure that everything worked.
But the more we were learning, the harder it became to make the project work.
We kept changing it.
And, it became harder and harder to find solutions to the problems that were causing all of the problems.
The time we spent on the project was critical to our success.
So much so, that when I was in a crisis, it took me a long time to find a way to make things work again.
I spent so much time on this project that it was a very