17 Start-Up Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

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Chris Prescott, founder and CEO of Fantasy Shopper

Learn to say no.

In the early months, you'll be in hustle mode and will likely be saying 'yes' to every opportunity, getting whatever and whoever you can to help with momentum. Assuming all goes well, you'll reach a tipping point where people start coming to you instead of you going to them--be that speaking events, trial services, coaching, investment etc etc. You will no longer have the time or need to say "yes" to everything, so get the confidence to start saying "no" to stay focused on your vision.