Here's what I learned by murdering three tadpoles as a kid.

1. NEVER KILL ANYTHING

We kill lots of things without lots of thought. For example, ideas. But loads of good ideas are born from bad ideas. So keep them alive. All of them.

2. TRUST YOUR GUT

My mishandling of this tadpole situation helped me better handle life's iffy moments. So when a career on Wall Street didn't feel quite right, I left.

3. LEARN BY DOING

I’m secretly glad I killed those tadpoles. Sure, it was an epic moral failure. But failure is often the best teacher.

4. BEING GROUNDED SUCKS