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Take the Plunge.Carefully

Should you start a business? Yes! But only after you've knocked out the possibility of instant failure.

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This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

There are few things in this life that I regret. Not because I haven't made mistakes--I've made a ton. But from an early age, I decided I'd rather dive into things headfirst than wait around and see what happens. This way, I don't have to regret anything--even when I make a mistake, I can learn from it and move on. I don't ever have to wonder "What if."

I know there are cautious people out there who are squirming in their seats right now. And that's fine. But be aware that a huge part of becoming an entrepreneur means leaving the secure behind--jumping in when you know it would be much safer, much more comfortable, to stick with what you know: receiving a paycheck, depositing it in your account, plodding along in your job for another two weeks and patiently waiting for your next paycheck to roll in. Becoming an entrepreneur is something akin to jumping out of an airplane: You hope your chute opens, and you hope you land with both feet on the ground.but you also find yourself at a loss for words to describe the absolute exhilaration you feel as you sail through the air at 120 miles an hour.

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