I hate link dumps and I don't particularly like posting content on this blog that isn't my own writing, but I do love me some Megan McArdle. In my opinion, she's the most intelligent and well written person in the chattering class. And she came out with a pretty damn good post about the arrogant attitudes of people who aren't in the business of making and operating businesses.
I never created my own firm. But I know secondhand how hard it is to create and sustain a business. I used to work at a very small "branch" of a pretty small IT consulting firm. Our main account (which was more than 95% of our business) was a 6 person graphical design firm who had one main account (which accounted for over 90% of their business). Hearing my employers and clients stress over making payroll and trying to square away the numbers was a humbling experience.
We take a lot of things for granted today. And there is nobody less visible and unglamorous than a struggling small business owner. It's something I think most people don't think about. I do, which is why I have a vastly more sympathetic view toward business than most people. Because most people don't appreciate how hard it is to convince another person to give you money, let alone repeatedly.