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What advice would you give to your younger self?

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Paul Siderovski
SiDCOR Chartered Accountants
Imagine if you could go back in time when you were starting out as a leader or entrepreneur.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Here are some answers from mentors of mine:
Do less, better. Allow time to plan and complete tasks, rather than under estimating the time required.
People are to business what location is to property. Don't have people around who treat others poorly.
Be less afraid of making mistakes. The best lessons in life have come from big mistakes I’ve made.
Lighten up! Don't be so hard on yourself. Don't wait until you achieve your goals or for everything to be perfect in order to be happy.
• Have courage to speak the truth and confront the reality you have created.
People are your biggest asset or bane in your life. Be aware of what’s going on in a potential new staff member's personal life, because that's what you’ll get from their work life.
Take calculated risks and learn to listen to your gut. Once you’ve thought it through then go
for it! Follow-up and determine what worked, what didn't and then move onto the next challenge.
Life is filled with choices. A successful life is one which has been based on many good choices -
choices based on good and wise counsel and thoughtful process. Everyone makes the occasional
Some old people are wise. Figure out who they are and work with them.
Spend more time with the people you love and who love you.
Don't worry so much. Enjoy the journey and have a laugh along the way!
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Paul Siderovski2 Paul Siderovski

The founder and Managing Director of SiDCOR Chartered Accountants, has 21 years experience since starting as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1995. Paul started Newcastle-based SiDCOR in 2002. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia as well as the National Tax and Accountants Association.