I’ve met many people in my life who’ve done well for themselves despite not having the top skill. And I’ve met many people in my life who are struggling despite being very good at what they do. I think this is because of the phenomenon that I term as “will over skill”.
I’m a a staunch believer that most businesses just need to be run long enough for them to succeed. There’s no short cut to compounding. Most skills can not outrun what compounding growth does to your business. If you grow your business on a very small scale but do it year after year, you’ll have a very large business at some point.
And so if you’re losing will despite having skill, you’re not going to make it. But if you have will despite not having skill, you’re more likely to get somewhere.
The skills would either be acquired at some point, or hired if they can’t be acquired.