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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 166 IDEA: Work Hard and Play Harder

The most successful entrepreneurs I know work hard and play harder. One friend, who built a $60 million metal recycling company by working seven days a week for nine years, now jets around the world to spend long weekends in fabulous, far off places with her boyfriend.

Another friend thinks nothing of flying to Paris to do some shopping, eating, and drinking for a few days each month. “I've worked hard to build up my company for 18 years, and I deserve to play,” she told me.

This work hard/play hard strategy fits the entrepreneurial lifestyle. In the start-up years, you rarely get a weekend off—and taking a real vacation is totally unthinkable. There are many personal sacrifices involved in running a ...

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