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What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting their own business?
Gary Shamis: I have a lot of advice for burgeoning entrepreneurs, which is one of the reasons I wrote Building Blocks. These are three that I consider more general, but necessary attributes for success.
1. Failure is not defeat. It is very rare that somebody hits a home run the first time at bat. Missing the ball doesn’t mean that you’re finished. It simply means you have to swing differently the next time.
2. Confidence can be a double-edged sword. You need to be assertive to lead effectively and to create change. Successful entrepreneurs are able to park their egos and foster collaboration.
3. Own the blame and share the fame. I’ve always believed that taking responsibility for both the positive and the negative in a business is the determining factor in an entrepreneur’s success. It allows you to bask in the glow of success, humbly.