What separates the ones who make it from those who don't?

Company: DPS Skis, a carbon-fiber skis retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah

Founder: Stephan Drake

Question: "What advice would you give to an aspiring small-business owner?"

Answer: "Cultivate the ability to persevere, get tough, and mentally prepare yourself to weather storms, because there will be many. I think that's what separates those who survive and those who don't."