I used to think that good execution only needed a few things: smart people, late nights, post-it notes, development to make it real, design to craft the narrative, and business to make it sustainable. But execution takes risk. And risk-taking is a skill set. A skill that progress requires.
A risk-taker is someone who is willing to make something before they are funded, to add value before they are applauded, and to tell a story before they are sure it will work.