This article is simply not clear to me: if you build a startup you test yourself, your family, your life — almost everything. There is hardly anything that would test you, your beliefs, abilities the same way building your own business does. There IS direct feedback. And if you are the majority owner, there is no way out — to find excuses. You are responsible. Clearly. Fully.
Where else in life you get such a harsh, direct feedback?
Being Johnny Ive is nowhere near, I am sorry. C’mon.
And: yes, that is true that one does not deserve special treatment for being a startup founder — but: it is fucking special, risky and extreme fun. Beyond anything else. So no, I do not agree with this article.