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Crash Course

When your business is growing so fast it's out of control, here's how to pull the entrepreneurial equivalent of steering into the skid.

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This story appears in the January 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've imagined being successful since you were a little kid. You've dreamt about it, drooled over it and desired it. But are you ready for success, especially if it drops in all at once? If you aren't thinking beyond those initial moments of glory, pucker up and practice saying "Has-been."

See Dick open a dot.com company. See Jane start a hamburger chain. See the dollars flow into Dick's Internet enterprise. Invest, Dick, invest! See the customers flow into Jane's hamburger chain. Grill, Jane, grill! Watch Dick's stock options skyrocket. Watch Jane open restaurants in Boise and Guam in the same week. See Dick and Jane become suddenly successful--very, very quickly.

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