If you're going to call me out Sebastian...
In the past year and a half I've gone from an aspiring "wantrepreneur" to being in a unique and privileged apprenticeship position where I'm able to work for and around other motivated, intelligent entrepreneurs above my level. I still have a long road ahead of me, but the progress I have made is, in retrospect, much faster than I expected.
There wasn't any one incident that lead to that. It was the aggregation and accumulation of relatively dull tasks that led to the acquisition of useful skills. Building niche sites taught me SEO and WordPress basics which was enough to get me a job at a small marketing agency in the U.S. That let me work on bigger projects and learn about project management, content marketing, managing clients, and copywriting. That experience led me to the position I'm in now.
The biggest thing that I take away from this post and something that I've been thinking of lately is the ability to see value in seemingly mundane and boring tasks. I've spent a lot of the last month researching and writing about a specific industrial product that I'm not inherently passionate about. That's allowed me to improve my research, copywriting, process writing, and productivity skills. All of which I think are small advantages that I can build on.
However, the day to day reality of that doesn't look very sexy. It means I get up, put on some mashups and jam out a few thousand words about the product. It keeps me motivated though because I can see the value in doing that. I'm accumulating advantages that are going to put me in a position to breakthrough work.