As a self-described "person against dirty" and co-founder of eco-friendly cleaning line Method, Eric Ryan has one unconventional piece of advice for new entrepreneurs: say "no."
"As an entrepreneur, saying 'no' to opportunities is a really hard thing, but sometimes that's the most important thing to do," he said in a November interview.
Entrepreneurs often get so caught up in expanding their business that it actually backfires, Ryan said.
"Think carefully," he said. "What's more likely to kill you: growing too slow or growing too fast? Many businesses die because they grow too fast versus growing too slow."
It's this practice of pacing oneself that Ryan says is a key to success.