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Started work when I was twenty one. Spent close to a decade slaving away like an indentured servant; sixteen hour days and constant business travel. Slowly gained more trust and experience until I was selected to open and run a new satellite office where it was either sink or swim. There I learned the day to day grind of running a business, being solely responsible for every step of a contract from initial scoping and proposal through to producing the deliverable and sending the invoice and chasing up the unpaid ones at that.
After a few years of that, around about the same time that I was starting to get to cotton on to the fact that I'd never get to hire more underlings, a friend offered me the chance of a 50% stake in a new business he was starting. 4.5 years later here we are, still growing in a global recession, and still struggling to hire underlings although now for different reasons.
Tl;Dr - hard work and good luck