Choosing to become an entrepreneur (and assuming all the risk this entails) requires a certain do-it-yourself spirit, or “rugged individualism.” You’re confident about what you have to offer, whether that’s a product, service, or other commodity, and you believe you’re capable enough to get it into the marketplace. You also accept that, in the absence of a traditional work structure, you’ll have to do everything yourself.
There’s a simple way of looking at and understanding the world, and it has to do with where everything starts, which is with each individual having unique capabilities.
In most organizations (and entrepreneurial companies are not exempt), meetings are treated as the drudging process you have to go through before there’s any agreement or alignment on a given project. This is because there’s been no half-hour thinking on the part of one person beforehand to make meetings more productive. Instead, you’re starting from scratch, using up a lot of people’s time.
When it comes to growing ideas, expanding mindsets, and building relationships with clients and prospects, asking questions can be far more valuable than providing answers.