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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Get a life! I mean a life beyond the endless hours you devote toyour growing business. Business owners, like the legendary Knightsof the Round Table, are notorious for always seeking, but neverfinding, the entrepreneurial Holy Grail: balance. A commonentrepreneurial myth is that the "all work, no play"philosophy goes out the door once you're beyond start-up. Whilethat may be true for some, it is hardly reality for millions ofyou.

I've talked to so many people (not entrepreneurs themselves)who think all the hard work of business ownership comes at thebeginning. After the first few years, they believe entrepreneurs gointo coast mode and spend their time living the good life-playinggolf, lying on the beach or sailing their yachts. (Are you laughingyet?)

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