The Thrive Questionnaire//

Carol Goll on How She Overcomes Failure

The partner and head of global branded entertainment at ICM Partners shares her morning routine and her secret life hack.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Carol Goll: Take out my Jack Russell terrier for a short walk by the ocean.

TG: What gives you energy?
CG: Running first thing in the morning and being around inspiring people.
TG: What’s your secret life hack?
CG: I love astrology and read two different horoscopes every day before I start my day.
TG: Name a book that changed your life.
CG: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
CG: It sleeps next to me. My home is fully-automated by my phone so I set the alarm and turn off the lights from my bed at night and reset everything from my phone first thing in the morning. And I always read news headlines from my phone before getting out of bed.

TG: How do you deal with email?
CG: I prioritize work emails with those that need immediate feedback as well as email from friends and family. And, I try and keep a 24 hour response rule on the rest as communication is key in my business.
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
CG: Reach out to a friend I haven’t connected with in a while.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
CG: Due to lack of sleep from too much travel or lack of balance in my work/personal life.
TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
CG: I look at failures more as just road blocks or “set backs.” Personal and professional growth stems from reflecting on these moments, learning from them and having the strength and courage to keep moving forward.
TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
CG: Two come to mind:
“You must do the things you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
And my grandpa always told me growing up, “99% of things you worry about, never happen.”  

Since joining ICM in 2008, Carol Goll has built one of the most coveted brand and talent endorsement divisions in the entertainment industry, structuring lucrative deals and building brands for A-list talent in film, TV, sports, and music. Known for her creative and entrepreneurial edge, Ms. Goll also founded ICM Partner’s corporate representation business, which provides strategic entertainment marketing counsel and development of cutting-edge campaigns for high-end luxury, automotive, and fashion brands, leveraging all areas of the business to deliver the highest impact of success. Prior to ICM, she was an executive at Mercedes-Benz USA for nearly 14 years, leading the company into its first global forays outside of traditional automotive marketing/communications. 
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