"Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give."
"In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create."
David M. Ogilvy
"The speed of the boss is the speed of the team."
What an amazing challenge it is to be an entrepreneur!! And what a privilege!!
True entrepreneurs do it all. They imagine it, bet their egos and their fortunes on it, build it, and sell it. They create alone, for their own intellectual and spiritual delight. Then they inspire teams to achieve the full realization of their inventions. And then they set to work on and for others, to transfer the value of their creations to the needy but ignorant marketplaces. And quite often they fail.
Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those who relish peace and contentment. And it is most certainly not for those who lack the courage of their convictions.
Startup businesses are for those who would, like Tennyson's Ulysses, gather a team of staunch comrades and seek the ultimate adventure, by choosing to "sail beyond the sunset, beyond the baths of the western stars... strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
If you are part artist, part salesman, and part hero, then there may be a startup in your future. And you will definitely be off on a great adventure.