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Starting a Business

Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

This story appears in the August 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary once noted, "Business books are bullshit and are usually written by wankers."

There might be some truth to this, but that doesn't mean we aren't inspired occasionally by a sincere piece of business advice. We've rounded up words of wisdom from some 'treps who are living large --passionate people who have found success doing the fun things they love. Work hard and play hard like them, and you just may have some bullsh... er, knowledge of your own to impart one day.

Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

1. Work hard

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

2. Speak your mind

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

3. Get a lawyer

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

4. Money isn't everything

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

5. Be willing to learn

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

6. Trust your team

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

7. Don't compromise

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

8. Embrace diversity

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Business Advice from 9 Successful Entrepreneurs

9. Know the value of a dollar

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