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Business Lessons from Alternative Sources

The most valuable business lessons can be found in the places you'd least expect.

This story appears in the February 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Each year, a new crop of business books dispenses tips on how to take your enterprise to the next level. But business inspiration can be found in more unexpected places, too: in stories of tragedy and triumph on the evening news, a basketball player's drive down the court, a hit TV show or movie, or the success of a hot new band.

We scanned recent events and found a dozen unusual sources of powerful business advice. We're hoping our choices and the lessons they offer entrepreneurs will help you view each day's news with fresh eyes.

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