The vision to want to go bossless is one thing, but to actually become an entrepreneur requires the right balance of risk combined with passion, drive and even ego. But if that conceit grows into delusions of grandeur, it can cause a business to stray from its core, creating an identity crisis that ultimately kills it.
One example of a company that may have grown too big for its britches is Artistic Stitch. Sal Loretta started the company in his garage almost two decades ago; it's since grown into a $2 million-a-year business.
Yet, despite the core embroidery and silk-screening aspects generating profits, Artistic Stitch has fallen $1.5 million in debt. It's a result of the owners straying too far from their original mission, according to Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's "The Profit."