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Shout It Out

Be proud of your success--and fearless in speaking up about it.

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

We entrepreneurs are heroes in many people's eyes--achieving goals no matter the circumstances. They see us as fearless and willing to take unusual and repeated actions to achieve our dreams. People respect the drive, determination and personal power necessary to turn our dreams into reality.

Successful entrepreneurs must combine two different drives: an interactive, public one designed to draw people to our ideas, and an equally powerful private one that keeps our dreams ignited. Often, these drives are at odds with each other, causing us to be critical of ourselves and lowering our self-esteem. They can create a feeling that we shouldn't "sing our own praises," fearing that if we do, others may misinterpret it as boasting.

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