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CEOKevin Lavelle, 29, is founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main, a menswear company based in Dallas. He was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015.

Executive Leadership newsletter: You founded the firm in 2012. How have you evolved as a CEO?

Lavelle: Everything is much harder than you think it will be. It will take longer than you expect. It will cost more than you budget for. One of the most important things I’ve learned is to stick to your convictions and keep your eyes on the long game. Any one particularly great day or bad day does not make or break you. You have to keep going no matter what.

EL: In sticking to your convictions, how do you integrate the need to change with keeping your eyes on the long game?  

Lavelle: To me, it’s like a long journey when you’re sailing. You know your general heading. You may need to go around an island or avoid a storm or change some day-to-day tactics based on weather condit...(register to read more)

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