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T.A.: I'm T.A. McCann, I was the founder and CEO of Gist. I've actually been sort of an entrepreneur since I was a kid. I think I started my first business when i was 11. First was grasscutting and yardwork, and then it was boat maintenance, and then it moved to one thing to another. I'd always been really good at math and physics, and I'd asked a bunch of mentors, "What should I do with that?" They said, "Well, you should go to Purdue. "You should get into engineering, and then you can figure it out from there." I think college is a lot of figuring that out. What is my own way? What of this do I enjoy the most? For me, what I enjoyed the most was the ability to combine a lot of different technologies and to do that where I was interacting with people. My first couple of jobs were really around robotic systems and building that, but with a real focus on the customer and being in the field. When I was young, and I wanted to do this around the world sailing race, I literally wrote a letter ot somebody saying, "Hey, I'm really thinking I'd like to do this around the world race. "I don't know where to start." I gave my skills and I gave my impetus, and these guys got back to me. One thing led to another, and I joined an America's Cup team, and we won the America's Cup, and then I sailed around the world, and I did another America's Cup, so I think a lot of it was charting your own course, taking initiative and asking for help. It takes a bit of courage, but at the same time, I think creating a set of relationships and having some sense of where you want to go is the key. It's like in sales, you always have to ask for the order. The order doesn't come to you, and so that courage and that ability to ask, I think, is a pretty critical factor for any entrepreneur. You have to ask people to come and work for you. You have to ask people to believe in your idea. You have to ask them to help you to get to whatever goal you're going after, and so developing that at an early age, and continuing to refine it is a pretty critical skill. The two things I'll give advice on is one, pick something that you really like. If you pick a content area that you really like, it barely feels like work, and you're always around people who also care about the same things that you care about, so pick a content area, robotics or it's engineering, or it's arranging flowers. It doesn't matter, but pick something that you really, really enjoy talking about. Number two is really focus on your discipline because discipline is what keeps you going when you run into all the roadblocks which are going to be there. I was talking with some guys the other day about building product, and I said, "The most important thing you can do "about building product is make progress." You just have to keep making progress, and there will be stumbling blocks, and there will be pitfalls, but you have to make progress. The discipline of learning and executing, and that, I think, is such a critical factor, and when you find the tenacious entrepreneurs, they just won't quit, and that won't quite part of it, I think, really starts to separate people.