INTRODUCTION

From Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul

Introduction

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens—best known as his alter ego, Mark Twain—is undoubtedly one of the nation’s most beloved tellers of truth. His ability to see something for what it actually was, and to relate that truth to his audience via his witty turn of phrase, made him a legend during his lifetime and beyond.

The same holds true for the entrepreneurs whose stories are found in this book. They all share their personal stories of ideas and mistakes, failures and successes. What makes them akin to Twain is that they all have the ability to see something for what it is, and to take that something and turn it into their truths, their livelihoods, their legends.

Many of the stories in this book are being told for the very first time, and all of us at Chicken Soup are grateful and honored to host their words. These nationally recognized entrepreneurs share their wisdom in the hope that you, too, will be inspired to become an entrepreneur.

So read on, become inspired, learn from the masters and enjoy the belly laughs along the way. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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