> In fact, I hired professionals, lots of professionals, to do it for me after a while. I hired them because I needed things done that I was incapable of doing. If I could have done it myself, I'd have not needed to hire them. It's not like I just hired random people for the goodness of the economy. No, I needed good people to do difficult things. I wanted the best and I wanted stuff (and people) that didn't really exist. So, I even paid them well. If it was easy, I'd have done it myself. They were paid well because they were essential to the business. If they were not essential then I'd have not hired them. I didn't hire inessential people. It was a business, not a charity. I'm a charitable person, I was not running a charitable business. This means I only hired the best I could find and paid them enough to ensure that they were happy, productive, and not going to leave. I'd hired them because they were the best that I could make or find. If I could have hired monkeys, I probably wouldn't have because it's unlikely that monkeys would have been essential to the growth and operation of my business. It's really not that complicated and people make things much more complicated than they need to.
--This may be slightly off topic, but part of me wishes you were still in management and working at Morgan Stanley. They just announced they're "streamlining" (read:outsourcing) a bunch of middle-class jobs to save on costs:
--I don't want to get into a rant here, but it's really time we stopped rewarding Big Business for mistreating/laying off people that are providing perfectly good customer service. There is a Biblical passage/principle (1 Tim 5) that basically states "The worker is worth (his) wages." This realigning/outsourcing has been happening regularly since at least the 1990s, and it's really insidiously decimating the middle-class earnings and buying power in the US.
--Would appreciate any thoughts you have on this; perfectly fine to switch discussion to email if you like.