Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? Why?
This is not a new question, let’s try to understand weather it is created through experience, mentor-ship, education or by born. Here let’s know the insight of different personalities from different part of the world.
Can either do it or you can’t
You can either do it or you can’t. And if you can’t do something, you need to know in your soul that you have the ability to figure it out. People who don’t have a fire burning in them but talk about doing are Entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs make things happens for themselves, and that is a quality you are born with and can’t learn.
You can learn a lot of skills as an entrepreneur, but you either have it or you don’t. And most people just don’t. NicoleFaith
Experience role a bit
People are born with the skills to talk their way through anything and make big moves in that way.
However, the details that are entailed to launch a startup or a business out of your basement, are made from experience, working hard and not allowing anything to get in the way of your goals.
American Love Entrepreneurs
America has always loved entrepreneurs.Really…its true…
Silicon Valleys unicorns have raised them to superhero level. It takes a minimum of 30 to 40 functional skills to create, run and scale a business, plus an optimum emotional makeup.
No one is born with the perfect blend! Superheroes are as strong as their weaknesses. Even Superman is crippled by Kryptonite. Like superheroes, entrepreneurs are made by their lived experiences.
They learn as they go how to cope with their own deficits, regaining, little by little, critical thinking lost in the egotistical attachment to ones brain child. Some people are born with abilities more pronounced than others great at sales, product development, innovation, etc.
Entrepreneurs are not made ….. They are born……
Of course, this is a statement that would find itself in the minority of opinions.
Yet I stand by this for two reasons: entrepreneurs need to be able to take more pain than anyone else they know and see the world more different than anyone else they know.
These two attributes are the heart of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs must look at something that everyone else says works well and see that thing as broken.
As a consequence, entrepreneurs need to be blue to endure the onslaught of criticism and abandonment that will come as a result of seeing this well-working invention as a broken one.
Quite frankly, to teach someone these two things will only be a skill that can be average at best. You must be born with this ability and then put entrepreneurial skills on top of the ability that was given to you at birth.
This is why I say entrepreneurs must be born and not made. somewhat proved…Antonio T.Smith Jr.
Role of Failure and Desire
*Entrepreneurs are made* through the crucible of failure, desire, or some other sort of existential calling.
This is evident in the many forms entrepreneurs take – men, women, people of different backgrounds and colors. Some entrepreneurs never wanted to get into business but somehow created a company after accidentally validating a product.
Others always wanted to compete with their minds and mettle, which is why they went into business. This is all to say that there is no standard entrepreneurship personality.
I graduated with a degree in political communication to work on political campaigns. Today, I run an education company after I was inspired to help students and professionals find college and job opportunities. I wanted to do good for my community and my country, so I started a business despite not having a business degree or fancy startup credentials.
Entrepreneurs are made through experiences which share themes that ignite a fire within the entrepreneur’s soul.
These themes include but are not limited to: failure, a great idea, poverty humiliation, not getting a raise at work, witnessing a better way to do things, and financial freedom.
You aren’t born with these themes; you endure them. That’s why entrepreneurs are made. JasonPatel
My opinion is that entrepreneurs are born with the qualities that make them want to be an entrepreneur and also make them successful. A true entrepreneur has the passion and the drive to make their business vision into a reality.
As an entrepreneur myself, I recognize the difficult trial and error process that is at the heart of being a true entrepreneur. The road to creating a successful business typically has multiple failures before success is finally reached.
The spirit and energy required by an individual to keep picking themselves up and continuing on the entrepreneurial journey is something that a person is born with and cannot be taught in schools or learned from experience.
That is not to say that there are not skills and experiences that add value to the life of an entrepreneur, but the fighting spirit within an entrepreneur is inherently innate. David Reischer
Entrepreneurs are God Gifted?
Like any natural or talent, an entrepreneur can be born naturally good at the hustle and mind set needed to be a successful entrepreneur. However, even if one is not born with the natural ability, if it is truly what one wants to do, it can be taught.
I have always said I was born with the talent, almost like my brothers were born as naturally great basketball players. I made my first dollar at seven, opened my first business at 18. At 23 I opened a business (Studio 9, fitness pole dancing) that everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, said would fail. At 30 I sold it as a five location business.
At 31 I opened a consultancy firm, The Queen Maker, to assist female entrepreneurs, through all of the perils and hurdles that come with being a business owner.
I didn’t go to business school, in fact I didn’t even go to college. But for me it was as natural as breathing. It is a gift and one that I do not have to work as hard at, as some do.
But you can never count out the desire, the NEED, to be a business owner -so yes, any person can be taught the concept; but they will usually have to work 10x as hard to be as successful.Sarah A Jacoby
why don’t you do it like this instead?
I believe that entrepreneurs are born, whether they know it or not. In my case, I never knew it until it smacked me right in the face and I was competing in university’s business plan competition.
However as I looked back at my past, I noticed key decisions I made throughout my teens that were “against the grain” to many. I believe that you are either a follower or a leader, a rule follower or a rule breaker.
Your gut instinct is either “well this is the way things always have been” or “why don’t you do it like this instead?” There are many people that lean into entrepreneurship after their career has plateaued but it’s not quite the same.
What exactly is the risk when you have 25 years of experience in an industry, have a savings account built up and have a network that will support your business.
That is someone taking advantage of work they’ve done. An entrepreneur is someone who jumps out of a plane and builds a new way to fly on the way down. You don’t ask how once you know your why. You just figure it out. NickDennis
Entrepreneurs are both born AND made
Entrepreneurs are both born AND made. Some people look around and see things as they are.
Other people look around and see things as they could be – but just accept the reality of today. Other people look around, see things as they could be, and get obsessed with one (or two, or three), and HAVE to change it.
Those are the born entrepreneurs.
Then there are the ones who are calmer about it. Who hear about someone else’s idea for fixing a problem and jump in to work on it.
They didn’t see the problem – or, maybe they did, but they didn’t see a possible solution – but once it was pointed out to them however it happens, they are just as IN as the person who saw it.
They aren’t natural entrepreneurs, but they can become one. JodiLasky
we’re all entrepreneurs
I believe that we’re all entrepreneurs but that something needs to happen in order to awaken that spirit. Some find it early in life, others find it later, and some not at all. But if the right environment or experience is presented it could spark that entrepreneurial spirit to come to life.
As I look back in my life I know for a fact that I didn’t have it in me when I was growing up even though my Dad was a successful serial entrepreneur. I had no interest whatsoever.
But after I graduated from college I couldn’t find a job and found myself being presented with a unique opportunity – that is to buy a surf shop. I had no idea what I was doing when I bought the shop and got into retail but I was learning something new everyday and that is what I can point to as an experience and a random opportunity that sparked my 30+ years of my entrepreneurial journey.
I’ve started numerous businesses and helped many other start their businesses and continue to be drawn into the startup grind.
I can’t ever see myself working for anyone and I constantly find myself sharing experiences with others who are looking to find their place in entrepreneurship.
I truly believe we’re all born with an entrepreneurial gene and you never know when lightening will strike to fire up that spirit of adventure into entrepreneurship. VipeDesai
Nature’s Role in Building entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are born, they adapt to their surrounding nature as it has a major influence on how it shapes their entrepreneurial skills.
However, entrepreneurship can still be taught, but to some degree entrepreneurs how grow up to be successful have:
1) Established a solid base of entrepreneurial skills (Since they were born with it)
2) Got exposed to entrepreneurship environment as they were going up Either one of the previous points wouldn’t create a successful entrepreneur on their own, entrepreneurs must have the solid skills incorporated subconsciously in them, and strengthen them by experimenting and taking risks.
I had no idea what entrepreneurship was until I was 10 years old. I lived in Russia for most of my life at that point, and never encountered the concept of entrepreneurship. None of my relatives were entrepreneurs, and I didn’t sell baseball cards or run a lemonade stand.
Yet, after coming to the US and being exposed to the idea of entrepreneurship, I became an entrepreneur. I believe that entrepreneurship is a mindset anyone persistent enough can learn no matter what age they start at.
Some people might start early and become the stereotypical I knew I was an entrepreneur from a young age because I sold baseball cards stories.
Others might not start until they’re 10, 20, or even 60 years old. The founder of KFC had minor successes, but it took him until he was 62 to hit it out of the park with his recipe.
Either way, to succeed as an entrepreneur you need to learn persistence, re-define the concept of failure (because you will fail, a lot), realize that you’re in full control of your life, and use that control to change the world.
I agree with the Steve Jobs quote Everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. IlyaPoltavets
Was the sole breadwinner in family; married to a disabled spouse with two kids under two years old when I decided to leave my comfy six-figure job to open my own law practice. For the first 9 years of my law career I worked for others.
But after nearly a decade of doing so, and seeing my young children grow up too quickly before my eyes, I decided that I needed more flexibility and freedom. I was not born an entrepreneur but I have worked hard to become a successful one over the past three years.
I have create a law firm with a culture that is based in compassion, providing an outstanding work-life balance for my team. I surrounded myself with other successful women and read lots of great books (Profit First, The Four Hour Work Week, The E-Myth Attorney).
I used to joke that I hated math and couldn’t add without a calculator. Now I can crunch data to uncover important trends in my business and can hold my own with my bookkeeper and business coach. I used to be just a lawyer.
Now I know that I’m really a businesswoman who also happens to own a law firm. Contributor- ChelsieLamie
Third generation entrepreneur
As a female founder, everyday takes grit, courage and instincts. As a third generation entrepreneur, I have seen firsthand the “American Dream” unfold in my parents and grandparent’s lives.
They worked tirelessly as business owners to earn a livelihood, to provide for our family and to honorably carry out their life’s work. When I launched Boxy Girl, nothing could have prepared me for the amazing and crazy and complicated title of “BOSS.” Shocking, as it is, but very real and true, there are too few women in executive, leadership and ownership positions.
It has also been surprising how most large corporations, that create products for women, are male dominated. They are making decisions about what women use, what women buy, and what we see.
I guess that I should not be shocked, but I am. In 2015 I entered into this complex, diverse and ever-changing world of digital commerce. How was I going to get my products and brand in front of consumers, grow brand awareness and scale? GRIT-COURAGE-INSTINCTS.
It is an honor to create beautiful products for the Boxy Girl and Boxy Brand community and for people around the world! In other words, entrepreneurs are made.” By… Jasmine Piliposyan
Some entrepreneurs are born while others are made
Some entrepreneurs are born while others are made. Born Entrepreneurs are those who desire to pursue business at an early age. They demonstrate creativity, independence, and they always communicate the fact that they want to be their own boss by owning a business one day instead of working for someone else.
These are the adolescents who you see trying to sell lemonade, candy, bracelets, etc. just to make their own money. Made Entrepreneurs are those who take a leap of faith to pursue a business venture, lose employment and are forced to try entrepreneurship, or those who lose a passion for their career and decide to try a business endeavor.
In essence, they typically are employees who at some point attempt to transition into becoming employers. DamonNailer
Entrepreneurial is an Acquired trait
I think being entrepreneurial is an acquired trait, often necessitated by circumstances. I never thought of myself as entrepreneuial as a young person, and wasn’t interested in a business education.
When I moved to a smallish city in Oregon my job choices were limited, and I had a background in journailsm, so one of my first entrepreneurial ventures was starting a small publishing biz.
It actually garnered a lot fo attention for me because I had found a need and filled it. Some years later I saw a need for a rural relocation service for stressed-out urbanites, this ended up being the Greener Pastures Institute, my 15 minutes of fame.
My wife and I run a b&b today in coastal California, and have for 15 years. I really don’t think I was born to do any of this, not do I think anyone really is. WilliamSeavey
What is entrepreneurial spirit?
The entrepreneurial spirit lives within those who desire to effect change. An idea for solving a problem paired with the fire for making it a reality combine to become a tangible, sell-able, good product or service. Some call it “vision” others “tenacity”, whatever it is, entrepreneurs are born with an innate sense of ability for solving problems through innovation.
They read between the lines to find solutions that other people never even consider. Entrepreneurs are born. However a person who has not considered the entrepreneurial path may be drawn into it.
They may even work entrepreneurially within a larger organization as an entrepreneur. The individual employee who sees a need for something then acts to make it a reality.
This still requires the individual to posses the entrepreneurial spirit; that is to say, they must have the drive to turn an idea into a reality. Entrepreneurs are born, whether they realize it or not.
we work to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit by empowering business leaders with a simple planning tool for bringing ideas into reality. MichaelPenney
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