When Ashish Gadnis lost his executive job with a software company, a new house and new baby meant he had no time to lose. Before the day was over, he had lined up a business partner, dreamed up a name and registered his new consulting business with the proper authorities. Five years later, Forward Hindsight consults on strategy and risk management for clients from Minneapolis to the Middle East, racking up $3 million in sales. Gadnis is one of three reluctant entrepreneurs profiled in this article, each with a different lesson to be learned.

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