CEOs Share: “What I Would Have Done Differently”

Gerald Bell, a noted behavioral scientist, asked 70-year-old executives what they would have done differently if they could live their lives over again.

We hear it, but let me remind you:

Life is not a dress rehearsal.

We have to do the best we can in the moment.
We can learn from others and start a proactive plan for tomorrow.

Fred Allen once said,
“You only live once. But if you work it right, once is enough.”

My challenge to you: Select two of the top 8 responses and develop a specific action plan. It may be small but start anyway.


  • Set 1-2 new goals— one professional and one personal between now and the end of the year.
  • Set a new health priority. My wife and I just hired new personal trainers.
  • Seek out an investment adviser.
  • Schedule a fun time with your family.
  • Get yourself a new personal development book.
  • Kickstart a new hobby for fun.
  • Do some thinking about your career goals and find a coach, mentor, or trusted advisor.
  • Give back to a cause you care about. Invest your time, your talents, and your blessings.

Here’s to living and leading free of regrets!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.