As long as I can remember, one of more challenging expectations of the job is having a manager that does not have an office down the hall or on the same floor. My manager works remotely out of state and travels 85% of the time. Merz Aesthetics was birthed from a start up environment where processes and career paths were not predefined but often times discovered by the individual. It is the individual's creativity, drive, and discipline that will help further the business before personal ambition. You're career is truly in your own hands as you have to wear the "many hats" that people talk of. You have to do the hard work first before you receive any accolades.
For me to be part of this great experience and to have thrived (let alone survived), I'd say I learned this lesson of life very well.