01/11/2013 10:12 am ET

10 Key Startup Tips From Entrepreneur And Babson Professor Michael Cummings

Years ago, Michael Cummings wanted to start his own company. But he was not confident and unsure about the future — he was wavering.

Hearing this, his wife handed him a slip of paper with a quote from Mark Twain.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones that you did do,” it read. “So, throw off the bow lines. Sail away from safe harbors. Catch the trade winds in your sills. Explore, dream, discover.”

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