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Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO by Beverly E. Jones

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7 Talk Back to the Voice in Your Head

Throughout school there was a voice in my head saying, “If you don’t study, you’re gonna flunk.” I’ve no idea where those words came from. My parents didn’t pressure me about studying, but I heard the refrain every time I was tempted to skip my homework.

The voice seemed to fade away when I was an undergraduate, but it roared back when I entered Georgetown Law. I was excited to be in Washington and tempted by the leisure options, from museums to bars. That nagging warning, though, often kept me at my books. At times I even cranked up the volume, saying aloud to myself, “You’re gonna flunk, you’re gonna flunk.”

After graduation, the message changed but the voice was more insistent than ever. During my early ...

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