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Magic Moment

Veteran business owners share their entrepreneurial turning points.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

At times, every entrepreneur feels like a phony. Everything is business as usual on the outside-but on the inside, you can't help but wonder "Am I the real thing? Could I wake up to find this has all disappeared?"

Then comes that moment. Something clicks. You get a huge order, garner some solid press coverage or carry off a successful public offering. That feeling of shakiness subsides. You realize you are, in spite of your hidden doubts, a success.

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