Where you’re coming from is just as important as where you’re going. I’ve found success as a businessman and entrepreneur, but at the same time, I feel like I’m also that kid from Queens just starting out. So I have perspective from both sides of the line. It’s important to have the presence of mind to be able to think with both sets of experience.
There is probably no place where having this kind of skill is more valuable then as it is for an entrepreneur. At such an early phase of your management life you need to be as proficient at seeing solutions, and more importantly, the problems, from multiple perspectives. You need to know what the board member AND the kid on the street thinks about your product.
Are you seeing your business from all sides?