A good education can help you learn business fundamentals, but it won't fully prepare you for the rigors of running a startup, writes Hannah Helsabeck, president of Wild Mint. From running her own business, Helsabeck has learned the value of taking risks, following your passion and assembling a supportive network. "Without the positive, encouraging support from my family and friends, I may not have been able to emotionally get through some difficult challenges," she writes.

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