The Three Tools of the Entrepreneur

One of them is overlooked by most founders.

Let it grow. Illustration: Ariane Frida Sofie

Your role as an entrepreneur is one of an architect. You plan and design. You balance physics with art. You strive to create a beautiful building, but also one that’s sturdy and built to last. You ponder over function as much as over aesthetics. Your best tool is a sharp mind with good taste.

Your role as an entrepreneur is one of a builder. You carry weight. You put in the muscle. You hustle with brute force. You follow the plan and execute it. No building without the sweat. Work has to be done and someone’s got to do it. At night you feel the day’s effort in your body. Your best tool is ambition.

Your role as an entrepreneur is one of a gardener. You chose the plants and select the best spot to implant them. You fertilize the soil. You water it. You quietly observe and calmly plug the bad weeds. You don’t scream at the garden. You don’t apply force. You happily sit and wait and just enjoy it. Your work will bloom as fast as it wants. Your best tool is patience.

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