What entrepreneurs get wrong about success


The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What advice would you give your 22-year-old self today? is written by Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink.

My first taste of entrepreneurship came early. At 8 years old, I was walking the floor in my grandfather’s metal foundries in the Southeast, a little kid in a pink hardhat who wanted to participate in the business. I sat in on board meetings, and I even got to run one in my grandfather’s absence — I cannot even imagine what those middle-aged board members must have thought of this. And though my grandfather’s seven-days-a-week, do-whatever-it-takes approach to grow the company shaped my views on entrepreneurship, there is still plenty of advice I wish I could’ve given my 22-year-old self.

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