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2001: An Entrepreneurial Odyssey

Why the next century will belong to entrepreneurs.

This story appears in the April 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Oh, no! The words hit you at 3:11 a.m., followed by the thought:The new millennium is almost here! I was going to have my lifecompletely together by December 31, 1999. I was going to haveachieved economic world domination. Bill Gates was going to bereduced to hand-washing my cars. I was going to give Belgium to myspouse as an anniversary gift. But instead, I hardly know what myinventory is, I don't have a budget surplus, my dog has fleas,my tires need to be rotated . . .

Stop hyperventilating. If you own a business--even if you'rejust thinking about running your own business--you're alreadyahead of the game. We're now entering the Entrepreneurial Age,according to . . . well, just about everybody. Forstarters, Ernst & Young LLP recently completed a survey thatfound 78 percent of influential Americans believe entrepreneurshipwill be the defining trend of the 21st century.

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