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The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Young Female Entrepreneur All the goals and strategies in the world won't help unless you take care of yourself.

By Nancy Bosnoian Edited by Anna Wahrman

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I was only 18 when I was fueled to fight for sleep equity. The best way I knew how was to start a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit, End No Sleep, Inc.

I planned lots of goals, strategies, and numbers to hit before the first anniversary. Ironically, while running a charity whose sole focus is to ultimately put an end to sleep deprivation, I was often sleep deprived. I knew then that I'd I turned into one of the clients we needed to help. So here is the one thing I wish I knew before running a startup:

Self-care should always come first. Yes, that includes eight hours of sleep every night.

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