Life lessons from business to philanthropy

Life lessons from business to philanthropy

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

Editor's Note: Debra Jacobs recently shared her top advice for regional business leaders that she has gleaned from decades of leadership positions in the business and philanthropic sectors. Our experiences along the journey we take in our careers and personal lives are rich with lessons to inspire us and carry us through challenges we face as leaders in any sector, but especially philanthropy. Since I’m not one to keep good cookies in the jar, I’m sharing my top lessons learned along life’s journey:

  • Chapters create our book of life
  • We make decisions every moment -- know the “why”
  • It’s not about “me”
  • Hire for character, train skill
  • Admitting a mistake is not only healing, but it also sets an example
  • Go beyond the cul-de-sac
  • Get more sleep
  • Time is the non-renewable resource
  • Thinking time is as valuable as doing time
  • If one has a pulse, one has a purpose
  • Giving is much more rewarding than getting

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