I interviewed Becka Cowen, a wonderful entrepreneur, this week for an upcoming Big Life podcast episode. I asked her a question I ask all of my guests that goes something like this: “What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?” She didn’t even hesitate. She said, “I would tell her to not ignore the red flags.”
I knew she was talking about some painful experiences she has had to endure when she didn’t pay attention to warning signs that had appeared all around her.
I left her loft in midtown Atlanta after our interview and thought about that statement all the way home.
How often have I ignored clear red flags in my life?
Dating someone when I knew early on because of some red flags she was not going to be a good match for me. Trusting someone when the red flags said the person doesn’t appear trustworthy. Investing in an idea when the red flags told me this was not going to be a credible way to make money.
Attempting businesses that all the red flags said were not a good match for my talents and personality. Red flags can be very helpful if we don’t ignore them. I have and it has cost me.
Big living means watching out for the red flags that can adversely affect the life I am wanting to live.
Pay attention. The quality of your life depends upon it.