Product management is more like an avocation than a vocation. The best product managers have an inherent curiosity and passion not just for the technologies in their products, but most importantly, how they align with users’ needs today and in the future. Staying relevant to customers is more important than being technologically elegant.
The bottom line is that product managers have great potential to make a lasting impact on companies and entire industries through their efforts. Exceptional product managers are marked by a passion to make their products, engineering staffs, and salespersons the stars of their companies, with the product manager content to be the enabler of accomplishment, the "backstop" of products, so to speak. A great product manager is like a great coach, orchestrating people, resources, and strategies to make the teams successful first and always.