Dear Norm,
I'm 34 years old, and I'm struggling to get my business up and running. I feel as though I'm riding on the edge of disaster, trying to hold the business together and build it at the same time. I've made mistakes in advertising, cash management, and just about everything else. You name it, I've blown it. I think my strongest attribute at this point is my willingness to endure pain. I'm just hoping my cash flow catches up with my stupidity before it's too late.

Dear Scott,
Your e-mail takes me back to the first real business I started when I was 33. I know exactly how you feel. Believe it or not, you're going through an experience that you'll look back on someday with a good deal of nostalgia. It's an experience that shows what you're really made of. I hope your business doesn't fail, but if it does, you're going to learn some important lessons, and I'm sure your next business will be a success. So hang in there.