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

Let's assume you want to be wealthy and that you've realized working for someone else may not be the fastest way to achieve that goal. Some of us have to bear with this ambition sooner than others. I started my first business at age 5. It was a restaurant. My partner (my 3-year-old sister, Susan) and I worked tirelessly to offer a comprehensive casual dining experience.

Our marketing campaign was simple--we posted a very colorful handcrafted sign on the front porch, and we waited. Sales were dismal. By 8 p.m. that first day, after consuming a good portion of our inventory, we shut down. Patience, perseverance and experience are not inherent virtues of a 5-year-old CEO, but time was on our side. Our careers could recover.

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