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This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Ask any startup guru to define the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, and you'll likely hear several things over and over again. For me, the things that always come to mind are the willingness to take risks, the discipline to strive for a goal and the flexibility to adapt to various situations-good and bad-in order to achieve that vision.

It's true whether you've got loads of money, dozens of contacts and a pristine business plan-or you've got nothing but your kitchen table, some scratch paper and a perpetually dull No. 2.

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