Being an entrepreneur requires a diverse set of skills. This by no means that a successful diner owner could necessarily step into the shoes of a Fortune 500 executive. But it does mean he can likely operate the register, fix the gas range, negotiate supply contracts, design a menu, and get Table 12 their drinks before his tip suffers. 'Diversity' in this sense means that one must assume a multitude of roles during the course of their 'hustle,' as it were. Adapting. Learning. Strategizing. Improving.
I have learned more about venture development - more about business - in the past year than I had in four years of college. I have held more 'jobs' within my own 2-person company than I have in the past 10 years of employment. I continue to further my knowledge every day. Forecasting. Branding. Marketing. Crafting a presentation & making the 'elevator pitch'. Understanding the intricacies of Valuation and Financing Term Sheets. As the company draws closer to 'event horizon', I push myself to be the executive that my firm demands (often encountering exhaustion in the process). So far however, I have managed to keep my head above water; more importantly, I am becoming a stronger swimmer. Good thing my brain IS 75% water - that should help keep me buoyant, at least.