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Every year as spring arrives, as my eyes water from allergies, and as I switch to light colors and iced coffee, I find myself grappling with my multitude of imperfections amidst a frenzy of activity and an increasingly demanding calendar. The demands of leadership are overwhelming more often than not. It’s easy to feel like there’s never enough time to get everything done, let alone done right. In these moments, I find solace and inspiration from my clients. Their insights on pressure, feedback, and adversity have helped make them as successful as they are. I’m just lucky enough to be immersed in their words of wisdom daily, profoundly shaping my approach to both personal and professional challenges.

At VaynerSpeakers, we recently added two new members to our team, which means my responsibilities as a manager just grew. As Jesse Itzler says, “Pressure is a Privilege.” Pressure is a constant companion for me. Deadlines, decisions, pivots, growth opportunities, communication, and responsibilities all create an ever-present tension. Instead of viewing this as a burden, I’ve learned to see it as an opportunity. Jesse’s words remind me that the most valuable achievements are accomplished on the other side of this pressure. Each challenging situation is a chance to grow, to push past limitations, and to find the gold that lies hidden in the struggle. Embracing pressure means acknowledging that it is an essential part of the journey toward excellence.

A guiding light from his father, Will Guidara often says, “Adversity is a terrible thing to waste.” All of this pressure leads to many difficult situations to navigate. This idea offers a powerful reminder that challenges are not setbacks but opportunities in disguise. Adversity is inevitable. There are times when everything seems to go wrong, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Yet, Will’s words encourage me to see adversity as a catalyst for innovation and resilience. Each challenge is a chance to think differently, to adapt, and to overcome. Adversity forces us out of our comfort zones, pushing us to discover new solutions and unlock something untapped that becomes part of our futures. By not wasting these moments, we transform obstacles into stepping stones toward greater success.

Amidst the chaos, the importance of feedback cannot be overstated, both to my staff and from them. Claude Silver‘s perspective that “Feedback is a gift” has been a guiding principle for me. I’ll admit, receiving feedback isn’t always easy, especially when it highlights areas for improvement that I’m keenly aware of. However, viewing feedback as a gift has transformed my approach. It’s about receiving insights with gratitude and using them as tools for growth, rather than ignoring them. Claude emphasizes the need for feedback to be clear, specific, kind, and actionable. By fostering a culture where feedback is valued and given thoughtfully, we create an environment that encourages continuous learning and development. It’s through this lens that I strive to both give and receive feedback that is constructive, understanding its power to drive positive change. We can expect change by offering insight and help as guidance.

Balancing these principles—embracing pressure, valuing feedback, and leveraging adversity—has become a cornerstone of my leadership philosophy. It’s not about perfection, but the pursuit of it. In the midst of a busy life, these insights offer a roadmap for navigating challenges with grace and determination.

As leaders, it’s crucial to champion these ideas, and I hope I’m creating a culture where pressure is seen as a privilege, feedback is cherished, and adversity is embraced as an opportunity. By doing so, we not only enhance our own capabilities but also inspire those around us to reach new heights. In acknowledging our imperfections and embracing the frenzied pace of our world, we pave the way for a more resilient and innovative future.

So, remember, in each moment of difficulty you face, those are the moments where true growth happens. Embrace them, learn from them, and use them as fuel on your journey to excellence.