23 Entrepreneurs Debate if You Can Learn to be an Entrepreneur Teach a CEO

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Entrepreneurship is more than a popular buzzword. It is a way of life. There has been an ongoing argument about whether entrepreneurs are born or made so we asked entrepreneurs and business owners if someone can learn to be an entrepreneur. Below you will find responses from a community of entrepreneurs and business owners. #1-I believe entrepreneurs are born. I have been pursuing entrepreneurial ventures since I was a child. There is an inner drive to create, innovate, and do it without the constraints of an employed or corporate environment that, in all of the entrepreneurs I know, is impossible to ignore. I have been spending more and more time advising and mentoring people with ideas for a business. What I have experienced is that within a few minutes I can differentiate the idea people from the true entrepreneurs. There is an undeniable energy and intensity that entrepreneurs exude that I believe stems from their core temperament and personality, and is what leads them to success. Thanks to Andrea Paul, Board Vitals! #2- It’s all about the unwillingness to give up There is no single path to entrepreneurship; some are born that way, others are made. The nature vs. nurture discussion is pointless. Much like anything else in life everyone’s path is unique because everyone journey is unique. The one common factor though is the unwillingness to give up; most entrepreneurs are not successful by the first attempt. That unwillingness to give up is what leads to success. Thanks to Kamyar Shah #3- It’s the entrepreneurial talent that matters Today it is very easy to start a business, so anyone can do it with 100$. But I believe that in the end the ones that turn this business into a long-term successful one are people with a true entrepreneurial talent. Of course talent is not enough and you also need to work hard to get where you want to be. But when the amount of effort is the same, the ones who are born with this entrepreneurial spirit will always win. It is the same in any other field, from sports to art and business. Thanks to Keri Yang #4- Made and at the same time born I think entrepreneurs are born thinking outside of the box and with a level of fearlessness to act on things. I think they are made by their surroundings and choose fields based on their environment. – Thanks to Miki Agrawal, TUSHY! #5- Similar to leadership, must have the drive Like all leaders, entrepreneurs are made. The desire to create something new and share it with others is intrinsic, but the ideas and aspirations that lead you to start a company are developed over time. Your sense of purpose—the belief that you are the best person to bring this new thing into the world, and that the world needs it—is driven by your personal experiences, values, education, and professional skills. The majority of entrepreneurs fail, not because they weren’t natural-born business leaders but because they don’t have the drive to do what must be done to make their business succeed. Thanks to Dave Lane, Inventiv! #6-In my own experience, my entrepreneurialism was made, not born. On both my mother and father’s side, I come from a long line of employees. I started ResuMAYDAY in 2001 and for the first five or six years, my parents were extremely vocal about how much more comfortable they would be if I got a ‘normal job’. To them, job security happens when someone else signs your paycheck. On one hand, their unconditional support would have been appreciated, but on the other hand, I’ve always done well when I’ve had people doubt me. I get a ‘just watch me’ jolt. Seventeen years later… they might be getting used to the idea that their daughter is a business owner, with her own employees. (I sign the checks!) My husband is a musician, so we’re both highly ...