Remember pencils? Sure you do. You used pencils on SAT tests and for other odd tasks before completely giving them up for a Palm Pilot. Some of the legends of pencil-making include Frenchman Nicholas-Jacques Conté, who made refinements to the writing tool in 1795. Then there was William Monroe, who in 1812 became the first U.S. entrepreneur to open his own pencil-making business. What (no pencil pun intended) is the point?
History is full of entrepreneurs who saw a need, met it and made a fortune in the process. But if you haven't opened up shop yet, you're probably asking yourself "Do I have the background, lifestyle and personality to be a good entrepreneur? Could I possibly ever measure up to Nicholas-Jacques . . . what was that guy's name?"
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