What’s the difference between an employee and a founder? One wants to be unmissable, while the other wants to be as missable as possible.
If employees make themselves unmissable, the company needs them more, so they’ll be harder to fire. This status will increase job security for the employee and help them climb the career ladder within that company.
Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, have to make themselves super missable. If they fail to do so, they themselves become the business.
Scaling a human being is hard. Apart from some productivity tweaks, at the end of the day, there are but 24 hours. Scaling a business is difficult as well but significantly easier than scaling an actual person.
Chances are, the easier it is for an entrepreneur to move into the background, the easier it is to grow the company. For an entrepreneur to take a step down, every process, every piece of knowledge must be well documented, easily transferrable, and readily accessible.
If you are the business, you don’t have a business.