I’m not a real entrepreneur. I don’t gamble, either. Or race cars, or climb mountains. I don’t need the thrill.
Yet, there have been times in my worklife that I refer to as “combat,” not because of conflict. Instead, it was the life-or-death level of emotional involvement required by the circumstances, to the near-exclusion of other concerns – sometimes for periods of several years running.
I don’t work that hard for that long any more. That’s another reason I’m not primarily an entrepreneur.
While we’re on the subject, here is Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “Man in the Arena” passage: