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A Clean Slate

To make room for fresh ideas, you need to let go of the old ones.

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

Learning to let go is as important as learning how to create. Ifall your energies are engaged in supporting what's right infront of you, you won't choose to create something new.It's not easy to let go of familiar products and services orprocesses, risking what is for what might be. Clinging to thestatus quo is natural, so acknowledge that, grieve the old ways,and move on.

Being skilled at letting go has its advantages. First, it givesus the confidence to change. Our fast-paced world will force us tolet go sooner or later, so learning how to move ahead fearlessly onour own will give us some control over the process. Second,starting fresh creates more possibilities.

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