Rev. Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s most-respected voices on social justice, leadership and ethics. He led World Vision Australia as CEO for 13 years and is active in leadership, local government and national affairs for more than three decades.

He shared with us about wise words he received from his father Russell Costello, that helped shape him to be one of today’s great leaders.

“There is no mistake from which you can’t learn something.”
— Russell Costello (Tim’s father)

Growing up, my father always encouraged us to have a go and take a risk. In reality what he was teaching us was making a mistake was not the end of the world, that fear of failing was never a good reason to shy away from trying something new or different, or sticking our necks out on an issue.

It is something that has stayed with me all my life in every role I’ve had.




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