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Saturday, July 11th at midnight I embarked upon a journey to climb four 14’ers in one day. For those non-Coloradoans, a 14’er is a mountain that is 14,000+ feet above sea level. There are over 50 14’ers in Colorado and I plan on climbing each one. In my most recent expedition, I realized climbing mountains is similar to running businesses.

I’ve listed four obvious and four not-so-obvious similarities between entrepreneurship and climbing mountains.

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Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Absolutely. Can anyone be a successful entrepreneur? Probably not. Successful entrepreneurs are a rare breed. Not everyone meets the requirements. In general, there are four characteristics an entrepreneur must possess in order to be successful.

Take Dorsey, Brin and Page, for example.

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Some Chinese proverbs are literary while others humbly originated from families and commoners of Ancient China. I have filtered through a wealth of Chinese proverbs and selected 40 that are of special interest to entrepreneurs.

Below each proverb I offer a brief explanation of a how you can apply this ancient wisdom to your entrepreneurial aspirations.

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Entrepreneurship is unique in that it encompasses and concentrates all areas of business into one entity, a stool in this case. Additionally, a business grows much like a person. Except, in most cases you want your business to grow fat.

That fat person resides on your entrepreneurial stool and it’s your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t collapse.

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