It’s rare for an entrepreneur to begin the journey with more than a handful of people at the ready, and in most cases it’s likely two or three people. Painting your vision for others to see, feel and empathize with your passion isn’t the hard part–it’s getting their commitment to go to work for your cause.

Make no mistake, accomplishing your grand vision–and your vision should be grand–will almost certainly require the help of dozens of people, if not hundreds. But the lion’s share of your work can be achieved with the small group you set out with on Day 1. In the land of entrepreneurship, you don’t need nine players on the diamond to field a team.

On a recent visit to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, I saw a quotation (it’s painted on a wall inside the Reptile House) from Margaret Mead , the cultural anthropologist and best-selling author (Coming of Age in Samoa, 1928).

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

And indeed, it’s the only thing that ever will.