Lessons from Flight School that Helped Me Become a Better Entrepreneur

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April of 2020 found me living in Manhattan — suddenly made a ghost town — where I was trying to salvage my import business. It was the peak of the first Covid-19 wave, my primary investor had just declared bankruptcy and my key employee had quit and fled what was then the pandemic’s epicenter. As if that wasn’t enough, Bhutan — a point of origin for colorfully handwoven scarves for my company Anna in Bhutan — was suddenly, abruptly and seemingly irretrievably closed to all visitors and trade. 

Still, there was a bit of luck, because I’d found a needle in

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