Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

I’ve dealt with this question before on the leadership side of things. So it’s not very hard for me to extend my thinking to entrepreneurs. It’s one of those questions where the answer is:

Yes

Anticlimactic huh?

Kids can display an interest in entrepreneurship from a young age. I know I did. I wanted to open up a baseball card shop. That would take significant money for the overhead (building, utilities, personnel, product/inventory).

These days it would be much different. The internet has given rise to personal brands and cheaper ways to start a business. Of course, the competition level has risen too.

So what do you do if your child exhibits an interest in entrepreneurship?

I would say encourage it as much as possible. I have a son who wanted to go door to door in our neighborhood trying to sell his art. It’s a cute idea.

I’ve thought about encouraging this by creating his own IG for his art. It would be neat to see the response to his art. If it stirs people to pay for it – Great!

If it doesn’t, then it is a lesson for him about what the customer actually wants.

  • Does he need to improve his art skill?
  • Does he need to do a different medium?
  • Does he need a different subject matter?
  • The real-world feedback would be crucial to him as a budding entrepreneur.

But there is also a different class of people who never had an interest in entrepreneurship at a young age. Their route is way different. They go a more traditional route of college and getting a job after graduation.

They see broken ideas and processes. They want to fix these ideas and processes because it is causing enough pain in their life. They convince themselves that the only real path left to them is entrepreneurship.

This by no means is the wrong path. It’s different. These unintentional entrepreneurs have connections and skills developed over the years. That gives them an advantage. The kid entrepreneur has not had enough time or resources to get to that point.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how we start but how we finish.

Entrepreneurs take ideas, put them into action, and refine the ideas

This is a valuable skill for everyone to have

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