i received a lot of great comments on my question of 'where's the leverage?'. this smart kid blogger in my neighborhood, ben casnocha, comments that you should be in it for the love of the game and not the fat paycheck and that the daily grind is part of the price. while ben's passion is admirable (at such a young age. i think he's in high school) it doesnt ring true. does richard branson have to make these tradeoffs? no. he has an awesome job where he can wake up every week and devine a new product to put his virgin stamp on; and he's doesnt have to sell his ideas to anyone but the public.
maybe the right question should be 'what's your dream job?'. i believe that for most entrepreneurs the dream job would be one where we get to come up with new ideas, have another team execute on them but maintain ultimate control over direction - ok being ceo of virgin wins hands down and probably for most entrepreneurs.