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Entrepreneurs reflect on the hand-me-down advice they've loved and loathed.

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

Not all advice is created equal. We asked several women business owners about advice they received and whether they succesfully applied it to their businesses, or ignored it for the better. Here's what they said:

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Laura Roberts, 37, CEO of Pantheon Chemical, a $3 million industrial chemical company in Phoenix, received the following advice from her friend and mentor Paula Adkins, a senior executive at General Dynamics Corp.: "Small people talk about people, medium people talk about events, and big people talk about ideas." Roberts used the advice to gauge the health of her company and the types of people she was hiring. "It enabled me to weed out the wrong people, and that really changed my business," she explains.

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