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Follow Only ONE Thing

Entrepreneurs are born leaders. They have to be in order to risk their future for their vision. Being a business owner means that your life (and direction in life) is moreso in your hands than the security blanket of a large corporation. You are tested daily on how well you can problem solve, how well you utilize your resources, and how well you lead others. Your leadership qualities are more important than you can imagine. And I believe leaders are born. Not made.

A book that I have fallen in love with is "The Mark of a Leader" by Doug Keeley. It's a collection of short stories about people that have done extraordinary things in their lives. If you own a business or are thinking about starting a business, I highly recommend you read it.

One of my favorite stories in the book discusses the life of Winston Churchill. Now, I have always loved Winston Churchill and for everything he stands. Anytime I see a documentary playing on tv about him, I can't help but sit and watch in awe.

For those that do not know much about him, he was the Prime Minister of Britain during one of the most pivotal times in world history; World War 2.

His life was checkered with many failures and setbacks. However, at the age of 65, he inspired the world to rally and fight. His influence directly lead to the Allies' victory.

"The Mark of a Leader" provides a story about Churchill that gives me chills as I write this. As the war was underway and the future of Britain was unclear, Churchill attended the Harrow School to speak to the students, and offered advice on what the war has taught him:

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Churchill had many, many important speeches, but this is one of my favorites. It can be said over and over to, by and for anyone that has ever gone through something difficult in their life. Winston Churchill was a leader on the grandest stage with the most at stake. He made decisions that were difficult, unpopular, and scary- which is something every great leader has in common.

Leaders are everywhere. Some are stuck in a dead end job and have no idea how to take their first step in starting their dream business. That's why we created Dream Starters.

Dream Starters is a consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, PA that helps people start their first business - in the right direction, cost-effectively and efficiently.

Are you a leader? A dreamer? A born fighter? If so, take Winston's words and use it as fuel. Never give in and let your dream be taken from you.

We believe you should only follow one thing in life: Your Dream.

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