by Sam Huang
You’re logging in your tenth hour of work for the day as a startup founder. Or perhaps you’re still in school or employed at a job that excites you as much as watching paint dry. The idea of doing your own thing—running your own startup—is something you’ve dreamed of for ages. But you keep asking yourself: do you have what it takes to succeed? Can you make it as an entrepreneur?
For Lars Uffhausen, being an entrepreneur is about adapting and moving forward even when things don’t look so certain. When he left his native Germany to work as an intern for $7.50 an hour in Silicon Valley, he never imagined that he would run Wolfe Engineering as Chief Operating Officer by the next decade. While at Wolfe, he turned what had begun as a thirty-person job shop into a $110 million company. “I was given an opportunity and the team made it happen,” Lars said. In his spare time, he kept busy by founding other businesses.
When asked about what lessons he learned along the way, Lars had the following words for those entrepreneurs dreaming big: