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Give-and-Take Growth

When it comes to achieving success in your business, compromise doesn't have to mean surrender.

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This story appears in the March 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Traveling in a straight line may be the fastest way to get somewhere, but that doesn't mean it's the best way to grow your business. In fact, there are many mountains and seemingly impassable waterways that will alter your journey toward success.

As entrepreneurs, we often think that we must have all the answers and always know exactly what our next step will be. If we just keep "doing," we will achieve success. If we compromise, we assume we have failed or lost control of our destiny.

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