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Executive Summary

Learn the fundamentals of every business that you are getting into. After business school, Stemberg worked for grocery stores for 12 years, learning everything he could about retail. The management skills he developed, from hiring and firing employees to motivating and retaining them, helped him be a better leader later on. "These skills are hard to learn, but if you learn them in your 20s, it will serve you better later in life," Stemberg said. Entrepreneurs take adversity and turn it into opportunity. Stemberg opened the first Staples store in the Northeast.

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