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Start a Successful Business (Inc.) by Colleen DeBaise

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A FEW LAST WORDS:A LOOK AT THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET

As you move forward with your idea, you might ask yourself: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? And what, exactly, sets the best entrepreneurs apart from the pack?

Those are good questions . . . so good that a few years ago, Inc. staff writer Leigh Buchanan decided to examine them as we prepared the Inc. 500, our annual ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. She noticed companies on the list were achieving impressive acceleration without tailwinds from the overall economy.

“We talk about the Inc. 500 as a collection of elite companies, but what this ranking really honors is a collection of elite entrepreneurs,” Buchanan writes. More than 90 percent of Inc. 500 ...

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