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Disorderly Conduct

Entrepreneurs make their quirks work for them.

This story appears in the September 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sometimes Brook Noel finds it helpful to focus on details and pursue perfection like a true obsessive-compulsive. "If I'm going to have a real analytical week, sometimes I'll go off my medicine, because those skills come in handy," says the founder of Champion Press Ltd. in Fredonia, Wisconsin, who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder as a teenager.

Noel says that other times, OCD can be a hang-up. "I've had to learn to give people an assignment, let them know the results I expect and give them the control to get from Point A to Point B," says Noel, 31, who employs nine at the book publisher she founded in 1997, which is on target to bring in $2 million in sales this year.

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