I was almost bankrupt, I was exhausted, and I was about to call it quits in 2009—two years after starting my first business. Like most new entrepreneurs, my business partner and I had rolled up our sleeves and started to work in the business immediately. We did that for two long awful years and it nearly cost us everything. Ironically it was a huge break from a national retailer that forced my partner and me to stop and think about the business. It forced us to analyze and reflect on what we were doing and how poorly we were doing it. It made us realize we had to change our mindset. We had to change our habits and our frantic pace. That retailer helped us stop and push the reset button, which led to an amazing transformation in us ...

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