I’ve learned to not be afraid to reach out to my mentors. In the beginning of my career, I was worried about wasting their time or bugging them because good mentors tend to be busy people. But I’ve learned that it’s OK to ask for a coffee break to talk about an issue or a lunch when it's something that will require more time/attention.
My biggest setback was pursuing a career change and being let go shortly after starting in my new role. I truly worked hard to be successful, but it simply wasn’t the right fit. That experience humbled me. It taught me how to accept and apply feedback, as well as how to identify gaps in my own approach to my work to ensure that it never happened again.