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Failure

How 5 Entrepreneurs With Household Names Turned Failing Businesses Into Successes

How Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, and Walt Disney turned failing businesses into some of the largest companies in the world.

Entrepreneur Stories of Struggle and Success: 7 Founders Tell All

Scaling. Building a stellar reputation. Improvising. Dealing with stress: Here's how six guys (and one gal) did it.

From Bikinis to Business Suits: An Entrepreneur's Crazy Journey to the Beaches of Brazil

One crucial thing this gung-ho young salesman neglected to consider about Florianopolis, Brazil: In the summer, it rains there -- a lot.

From Selling Water on the Street Corner to a Multi-Million Dollar Online Business

Army vet Emanuel "Manny" Hernandez beat the odds to embody the American Dream. Here's how he did it.

How This Ex-Con Started From Nothing to Build a 7-Figure Business

Ten years behind bars was an odyssey of dedication and perseverance, study and faith. Life afterward was just as challenging.

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