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Never Get a Real Job Five things you need to know to always be your own boss

By Scott Gerber

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Unemployment and underemployment have become global epidemics. The age-old mantra that says "Work hard, get good grades and go to school to get a job" is antiquated. Now more than ever, to protect your livelihood and your financial future, you must learn how to create your own job to keep a job.

To help you do just that, here are five tips and a few reality checks.

1. Kill your ego now
Entrepreneurship is not about yachts, fancy cars and making millions. Entrepreneurship is challenging, and running it day to day is hardly a dream come true. Don't set yourself up for failure with unrealistic goals and expectations. That includes believing you and your idea are special. Accept it: You're both simply one in a million--and not in the positive way you might assume. To stay alive and thrive, you'll need to remain grounded, practical and rational. Focus on what's really important: finding ways to generate immediate, sustainable revenue.

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