A poem by Ted Mielczarek entitled 11/27/2001 (he dates his instead of naming them).

A man controls his destiny
Shaping it as the potter molds clay
His desires made concrete

So why do I so often feel
That I’m not the potter
But in fact the clay?

Successful entrepreneurship is an ongoing self-improvement project. But entrepreneurs must marshal more than their own resources and abilities to succeed. They need to involve other people with the necessary talents, experience, and knowledge. A successful startup is co-created not just by the founders, but in collaboration with other partners, suppliers, and especially customers.