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How to Know When to Move On From the Business You Built

This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After spending several years building my business, I sold it in 2009 for a tidy sum and left it behind—the entrepreneurial dream, right?

photo illustration © David Schwen

Not really. I'd wanted out for quite a while, since I'd sacrificed my health and my marriage to build a successful brand. I was fortunate to find a buyer for my business, but I would have walked away regardless.

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