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Successful Entrepreneurs Use These 5 Strategies to Bounce Back From Failure

1. Close doors.
When we're young, we're often told to keep as many doors open as possible. But for an entrepreneur seeking to go big, the better path forward is to close doors.

2. Fire your mother-in-law.
Get a startup prenup. Families that work together often stop playing together. It's okay to love your partner, but make sure you know what to do if the love goes away.

3. Minnovate.
Innovation captures more headlines; minnovation captures more markets.

4. Drop the pens.
Joyful exuberance can be an entrepreneur's greatest strength, but it can lead to crippling diversion. Stay focused.

5. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.

As Henry Ford put it, "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Adapted from Linda Rottenberg’s new book, "CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags," which was just published by Portfolio. Copyright © Linda Rottenberg, 2014.

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