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Meet the Rebels Who Bend the Rules and Play to Win

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This story appears in the October 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Abe Issa trudged up the walkway to another suburban front door, sweat sliding down his back in the blast furnace of a Fort Worth, Texas, summer. He had a pretty good idea of how he’d be received on the other side of the locked screen: “Not interested.” “Don’t need it.” “Don’t waste your time.” Take your pick.

Trevor Paulhus
Abe Issa of Global Efficient Energy has had a few doors slammed in his face.

“Whenever I got rejected, it would sting,” admits Issa, whose family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 5 to escape the civil war in Lebanon.

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