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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Get a life! I mean a life beyond the endless hours you devote to your growing business. Business owners, like the legendary Knights of the Round Table, are notorious for always seeking, but never finding, the entrepreneurial Holy Grail: balance. A common entrepreneurial myth is that the "all work, no play" philosophy goes out the door once you're beyond start-up. While that may be true for some, it is hardly reality for millions of you.

I've talked to so many people (not entrepreneurs themselves) who think all the hard work of business ownership comes at the beginning. After the first few years, they believe entrepreneurs go into coast mode and spend their time living the good life-playing golf, lying on the beach or sailing their yachts. (Are you laughing yet?)

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