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Chapter 17. cake eating

Some pull it off. Equilibrium, when found, comes in many shapes and forms. The quest for balance leads gen e in a variety of directions. Not all rush out and start their own business while busily cutting the corporate umbilical cord. Dual careering — an ugly phrase, we know — is increasingly common as people try to crowd entrepreneurial activities into already busy executive lives.

Untrained in business theory, old style entrepreneurs busked it. They were outsiders. Uncomfortable with the existing rules, they invented their own. To them, the very notion of a professionally trained manager was anathema. To them, the suits of the business establishment were the enemy. "Few entrepreneurs have business school qualifications and few stand out from the crowd in any way. In fact many start out with little or no experience of running a business and instead rely on common sense and learning along the way," observes David Hall, author of In the Company of Heroes, a book on traditional entrepreneurs.[]


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