Do you reckon you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur? There are two schools of thought about what makes an entrepreneur. The first is that anyone can do it if they really want to, provided they put in the effort. The second is that you are born and you inherit the skills.
I have long pondered this and would really welcome your thoughts, here in the meantime are some expert opinions:
They are born:
- Adrian Atkinson “This theory that anyone can become an entrepreneur is absolute nonsense. And what is terrible about that message is that it is making people risk their money and is therefore creating larger debts. It is just awful. I often have people saying they are going to sell everything and become an entrepreneur, and I say for goodness sake don’t do it. Very few people are wealth creators and it is really important that people realise where their strength lies.”
- Richard Baister “You only need to look at entrepreneurs like Alan Sugar, Duncan Bannatyne and Richard Branson to see that the best entrepreneurs are gifted with certain personality profiles that make them designed for the job. They simply find themselves becoming entrepreneurs against the odds – not because someone has suggested it as an alternative to being an engineer or a doctor.
- Survey: Two-thirds of entrepreneurs claim they were inspired by innate desire, not education or training, according to a new survey.
- They are Made:
- Steve Welch: ‘We Are All Born Entrepreneurs’ explains why so many of us have a deep-rooted desire to be entrepreneurs, while using vivid examples of how so many entrepreneurs have succeeded in the face of adversity. Written by a successful entrepreneur in the biotech field, Steve Welch, WAABE demonstrates that there is no single path to follow to achieve one’s dreams and in fact every path is different. Through hundreds of interviews Steve uses his story and those from a vast array of other entrepreneurs to explain what drives them, while sharing lessons learned from the success — and failures — of entrepreneurs.
- An ongoing debate: (Were ‘Made’ is winning) http://toostep.com/debate/are-entrepreneurs-born-or-made-
- Dan Bricklin: Are entrepreneurs born or made? “Both” says Dan Bricklin, the inventor of VisiCalc and creator of four startups. “Sure, training, talent, and that most elusive component, good timing, are essential. But they are not enough. You need to have a true passion for what you’re doing.” Bricklin describes his formative experiences and lessons he’s learned along the way: Know your true talent, don’t wait to get started, be frugal, and recognize that you are not your business.
Now it’s your turn – let me know your thoughts on this:Loading ...
As many of you reading this will no doubt agree, being an entrepreneur is not a job; it’s a lifestyle.