While you set up your startup on the skills you possess, you will still need many other skills to push yourself ahead. For example, you might be a very good coder on the strength of which you set up a website development agency. You will still need skills like digital marketing, human resource management, team building, PR understanding, creative designing, and many others to take you ahead in the project. One may be able to get in employees who do this work for him, but having these skills will give an edge. You will be able to demand more from your team as you know the boundaries to which the work can be stretched.
Machiavelli emphasizes skills by saying “Without that opportunity, their powers of mind would have been extinguished, and without those powers, the opportunity would have come in vain.” If you do not have the power of the mind, these opportunities you will not be able to avail. He also says that only when you are prepared that you will be able to identify the opportunity itself.
The entrepreneur (Prince) needs to walk a tightrope. He needs to be seen as a humane and respectful figure while he is prepared to kill if the need ever arises. An entrepreneur needs to be self-dependent, sharpen his skills to cover for the shortcomings and at the same time, he is a mix of lion and fox. Just like walking on the rope, death is certain to whichever side he falls, left or right. It is the balance of his behavior that will sail him past and maintain the kingdom.