6 CEOs Share Their Biggest Regrets

Curves, franchising
Beth Perkins
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My regret: I said "I" too much

During a long career as an entrepreneur, Curves founder Gary Heavin has had his ups and downs. By the age of 30, he was running his first chain of gyms; a few short years later, he filed for bankruptcy. But hand-in-hand with his wife Diane, who suggested the name for Curves and designed a preliminary version of the logo, Heavin returned to the fitness business, founding the celebrated Waco, Texas-based franchise that is known for its tight-knit community of female members. With his second business, Heavin focused on maintaining low overhead. He also brought a newfound humility to the job of CEO. What does he regret from his early days in business? "I would go back and say 'I' and 'me' less, and 'us' and 'we' more," he told Inc. in 2006.