I came up as an entrepreneur in the student painting world. And I still remember the first manager’s manual I received. At the bottom of every single page was a phrase: “Take good care of your painters, and they’ll take good care of you.”
I never forgot it.
Bottom line: if you don’t care about your people, it’s hard to be successful. Not impossible, but exceedingly difficult.
And even if you can succeed, I guarantee you won’t have much fun doing it.
I can’t make you care. But I’ll tell you that if you don’t care about your team, you should probably not be an entrepreneur. Caring is just part of the job.
Who knows - maybe my daughter will switch to a different team at some point. Maybe she will compete for years to come. Or maybe she’ll tell me tomorrow that she never wants to ski again.
What matters most is that I’m proud of everything she accomplishes up on the mountain. But if she takes one thing with her as she grows up, I hope it’s the ability to genuinely love being part of a team.