Creating Dialogue: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

It’s a debate that will never have a clear winner, but the question is a valid one:

Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Is it possible to create entrepreneurs through education and training, or do they have to be born with some innate essence, some drive that makes them do crazy things like launch businesses with no guarantee of success?

Certainly, there’s no easy answer, and likely the solution is to accept that both the idea of nature and nurture play into entrepreneurship. For me, as a pre-entrepreneur, I was very risk-averse. I couldn’t imagine throwing all my time and money into a business with such a high failure rate.

But then I found myself starting a business. No one was more surprised than me. As my business grew and I had both successes and failures, I learned how to be a better entrepreneur, and I wore the crown proudly.

Now I wonder if I wasn’t born with some sort of pre-ordained destiny to run one or more businesses in my lifetime. I certainly wasn’t the child who was negotiating deals at the lemonade stand, but as I’ve come into my own as an adult, I realize that being an entrepreneur plays a large role in who I am.

Training, of course, plays no small role in the success of entrepreneurs. We need to know everything about running a business, and resources like BizLaunch provide us with the tools we need to do our own marketing, managing, accounting and sales.

Entrepreneurs are a thirsty bunch when it comes to learning, I believe. That’s why there are so many magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, conferences and webinars aimed at small business owners. We know that to stay ahead of the competition, we have to keep learning every day.

So what’s your take? As an entrepreneur, do you consider yourself born that way, made into one, or some combination of the two? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts. She’s written two books: 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, and blogs for several sites, including The Marketing Eggspert Blog, as well as Mashable, Small Business Trends and Lead411. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing.


3 responses to “Creating Dialogue: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

  1. This is an interesting question and discussion. I think that the will to be independent is born into us. Some people are just more independent than others in terms of aptitude and personality. This contributes to wanting to become entrepreneurs. However, the skills required to be successful must be learned so in essence, entrepreneurs are made. The underlying aptitudes such as independence are born.

    • @Clint–Very interesting. I hadn't considered independence as a factor in entrepreneurship, but I think you're right. We don't like having bosses and work well on our own!

  2. Pingback: Is Being an Entrepreneur Worth the Risk? | Small Business and Entrepreneurship Experts, Tips and Advice | BizLaunch Small Biz Blog

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