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"The really successful entrepreneurs have learned to fail well." So says Carol Orsborn, author of the bestselling Inner Excellence at Work: The Path to Meaning, Spirit and Success (Amacom). And she should know: Orsborn has been there, and she has some messages for hardworking entrepreneurs.

Ask yourself these questions: Do you do everything yourself because it's too much trouble to train others to do things right? Do you get anxious just hanging out with family or friends because there's so much work to do? Are you burned out? Do you get high on the feeling of being in control? Are you terrified of failure? According to Orsborn, a yes to any of these questions means you're headed for a crash. Just like she was a few decades ago.

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