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Being scrappy is a good thing

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After Doug Leone arrived in the United States at age 11, his ugly Sears slacks served as an open invitation to bullies.

Within a few years, he was working at a sweaty job on boats near a country club, where he saw privileged teenagers lounging at the pool and thought: “I can’t wait until I meet you in the business world. You just made your big mistake, letting me in.”

Leone channeled his fear and anger into ambition.

Now a managing partner at Sequoia Capital and one of the world’s most successful venture capitalists, Leone doesn’t hide his ambition, saying, “A lot of what keeps me going is fear.”

— Adapted from “Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley’s Innovation Factory,” George Anders with Alex Konrad, Forbes.

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