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Volvo chief excels, but lousy bowler

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Leaders excel by definition, but will success alone give you a beautiful life? Anne Bélec, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, thinks not.

Sure, she likes envisioning something new, designing an action plan and making it happen. “That’s where I find beauty, and how I have achieved success,” she says.

Failure, however, can be therapeutic. Take bowling. Bélec is really, really bad at it, but every Christmas, her whole family gathers in Quebec and has a family bowling tournament. “After all,” she says, “every generation can bowl. It’s a beautiful thing, an absolute pleasure, to get out there and do something for a change that I’m not good at.”

Bélec is such a bad bowler that nobody in her family wants her on his or her team, “and it’s kind of neat that my brother, who has Down syndrome, is out there teaching me.”

Lesson: You don’t have to rank at the tippy-top in everything. Enjoy the failures as well as the successes, and learn.

— Adapted from “A beautiful life,” Carolyn Hoyt, Pink.

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