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Victim, Schmictim

5 tips to help you break free from your victim mentality

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This story appears in the June 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

You've lost a major account, let an ideal prospect slip away or been chewed out by a client. When the going gets tough, you feel tempted to give up, blaming your situation on incompetent vendors, your upbringing or whatever. But resist! Playing the blame game leads to a victim mentality, keeping you from ever fulfilling your business dream.

The difference between successful entrepreneurs and wannabes is that entrepreneurs refuse to think of themselves as victims, no matter what obstacles they encounter. For example:

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