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I’ve always been a fan of Tony Hsieh. He’s a brilliant entrepreneur and seems to be an even better person.

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(Oh come on, it’s not that bad!)

Since September 2008, when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the economy has been abysmal. People have been forced from their homes, unemployment has hovered above 10% and banks still aren’t lending enough money to small businesses. These are pretty miserable times aren’t they?

Maybe not.

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Last night I watched a show on HBO called How to Make It In America. I thought the show was awesome and it gives you a sense of what it’s like being a 20-something entrepreneur in NYC. The two main characters, Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon, are partners who are trying to start their own vintage clothing line. They pretty much hustle, grind and bust their asses trying to make it on their own.

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Andy Rooney spoke at my college graduation and it was awful. Mr. Rooney was his bitter-old self, and instead of focusing on his message, the class of 2003 was focusing on whether or not he was going to make it through the speech alive!

Last month a friend of mine forwarded this video of Steve Jobs giving a commencement speech at Stanford. Unlike Mr. Rooney, Mr. Jobs provided a positive message that was woven into his life story. I wasn’t at Stanford in 2005, but I will never forget Steve’s message:

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

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