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Plugging in to what others have to say can spark new ideas for your business.

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

Usually, when budding entrepreneurs say "I'm open to suggestions and constructive criticism," they really mean "I'm only open to praise and positive feedback. Please keep your negative comments to yourself!"

Convention teaches us that self-confidence and complete control are the cornerstones for becoming truly great entrepreneurs. By that logic, if you want to achieve your dream, you must know the exact next step to take.

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