The pioneer spirit is highly prized, and rightly so. However, the West was actually won by teamwork, through the combined efforts of scouts, pioneers, and settlers.
Scouts were first, obsessed with identifying opportunities and envisioning new things that could be. Pioneers followed, carving out the basic infrastucture in a hostile environment. Finally, settlers populated the ecosystem to create a flourishing economy in the new world.
In a great article for Medium entitled “Putting the Lie to Corporate Innovation,” John Wolpert describes how innovators are more like scouts than pioneers.