How starting at the bottom gets you to the top — quicker

Fortune

The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What advice would you give your 22-year-old self today? is written by Frederic Kerrest, co-founder and COO of Okta.

I woke up one morning in my early 20s in Argentina to find that all of my company’s assets were frozen by the Argentinian government. I went straight to the ATM with my two U.S. bank cards and withdrew all the cash I could to pay my software development employees their daily wages. I was knee-deep in my first startup — a tech consulting company — in a foreign country with a very different set of rules. That morning in 2001 was one of my most difficult on record, but it was also when I truly realized that only the…

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