1. Be sure you're ready to make change.
2. Put real money down.
3. Create a system of checks and balances.
4. Find a supportive community.
5. Long-term bets can have long-term benefits.
6. Make a plan for your prize money.
7. Give yourself some buffer.
8. Remember you don't have to be perfect.
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