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An Interview With Tyler Gallagher

Tyler Gallagher
Jul 2 · 18 min read

I think the responsible way to approach the tension around the risk of winning or failing is to make sure that you’ve done everything possible to measure the risk, fully knowing that any risk worth taking will not offer you all of the facts. I think the ones that really get along are the ones that after thoughtful consideration make a decision to boldly take the measured risk, and from the outset say, “Come hell or high water, we’re going to see this through.”. At the same time, you’re maintaining that you have to have the humility to know when you’ve pushed long enough, and the risk is not going to come to fruition.

  1. I wiped the ant guts off my finger and prayed for wisdom. I walked to my car and drove to the registrar’s office. I remember waiting in the lobby to meet with the registrar and rehearsing what I would say.
  2. She asked me to come back and I proceeded to paint a very vivid picture of “a student” who made great grades, was in leadership of organizations on campus and was very involved in Baylor life. Then I told her that student was me and I was about to be sent home for lack of tuition. She sat back in her chair. She sighed, chuckled and pulled out a book of thousands of dollars of “unapplied for scholarships”. She asked me to go to a side room and write an essay for each one and since I was the only applicant, I would be awarded the scholarships immediately. I put my head in my hands, lost all sense of composure and confidence and started weeping in that lady’s office like a little kid.
  3. That “never quit” mindset has paid off over and over again as the risks, rewards and opportunities have grown bigger.

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