I've got the George Baily complex--should I run my father's long-running business even though I don't want to?

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Tony,

Wow . . . a lot of emotional decisions to make, on which I am no expert.

On the business side though, my suggestion is to run the existing company, turn it into something great and then sell it and fund your new idea.  Remember: The biggest challenge with running a family business is the question of whether senior family members let you run it as your own.

If not, then go do your own thing.

From a pure financial viewpoint, you will generally make a lot more money a lot faster over-hauling an existing average business than you will starting something from scratch.

All the Best
Brad

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