- There is a fundamental difference in the entrepreneurial mindset versus the craftsman mindset. The entrepreneurial mindset values “act first think later”, where outcomes trump means. The craftsman mindset values “think first do later”, where the way you do things directly affects the outcome. This is the natural struggle between capital and labor, sales versus technical, and the conceptual versus the experimental. Probably, this is also the root of most human suffering.
- All good things “start” somewhere. When you first start working, you begin, like a good work of fiction, in medias res, and thrown in the midst of something. But the "truth" is that all projects are more likely built over decades, or years, of relationship-building and capital-building. This is a profoundly difficult concept for young people (and old people) to understand. Good things – products, people, institutions, ethics, profits – did not appear from thin air. We often do not see the full “temporal” picture, nor appreciate it.