MONDAY MORNING ARRIVED, and with it, a fresh wave of guilt and anxiety. It was one thing to be at a ski resort over the weekend, but the beginning of the work week was completely different. Yesterday, Ethan was an entrepreneur on a weekend vacation. This morning he was the captain of a sinking ship, and he wasn’t even on the ship.

The meeting with the 10K team was scheduled for 8:00 AM mountain time, but Ethan had been awake for hours. In fact, he wasn’t certain he’d actually been asleep. The realizations he’d had that weekend, once so inspiring, now loomed above him like dark, menacing shadows. Any confidence that he might be ...

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