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Time to Quit?

It's not about starting over--it's about empowering yourself to keep going.

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This story appears in the December 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every entrepreneur experiences challenges that make him question whether it's time to quit and try an alternate career. From fluctuating customer desires to increasing costs to changing technology, the events that influence your personal and business success regularly test you. No matter how hard you work to establish a routine, as a startup entrepreneur, you must always be prepared for the unexpected.

Perseverance and a positive attitude play an essential role in the development of any enterprise. Rather than feeling as though you have to start over when you face a radical change, remind yourself of the courage it took to start your business. Constructing your unique business path is a process, and you must learn to be flexible and continually apply the knowledge you've gained. Leveraging that energy provides a catalyst to push you that extra mile when others would stop in their tracks.

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