Acting like someone I’m not.
In my previous startups, which were more than 10 years ago, I was young and naive. I used to think that to have a business you needed to be a certain way. I read a lot of books on successful CEOs, and I adopted their way of working, thinking, acting, etc. I would meet people and project this super successful CEO type that fell inline to the stereotype of what a successful business man should be.
After two failures, I was able to swallow my pride, go back to school at the age of 30, and learned the traditional way of running a successful business. I realized everything I did was just wrong. One of the most important things I learned was that the reason why many CEOs are successful is because they build a company around their personality and values. They project themselves onto their employees and in turn, their employees follow. This was very eye opening and changed my paradigm of what a CEO should be.
The best decision I made was to find a partner that allows me to be who I am and can naturally be the person I’m not.
Rey’s original response can be found here on Quora