"When the going gets tough, you don't get going," Simons said. "You stick it out, you press and you struggle through it. I persisted and leaned in when things got tough instead of popping over to the next best thing."
This doesn't mean stay forever, though. He'd risen to a vice president role at Plumtree before he left. For Simons, his cue to leave is "when you're really not having fun and when you don't feel challenged."
If someone aspires to hold a leadership role, that person should love leading people, Simons said. "Managing people isn't something everybody loves, so I think you have to figure out really early on if you love doing it," he said.
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Simons lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two daughters. He commutes to work by running.
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