There is a lot of debate about this subject. Opinions range from the Nature end of the spectrum all the way to the Nurture end of the spectrum and encompasses the entire bandwidth in between.
So what do you think? Can Entrepreneurship be Taught, or is it an innate ability that one either has or doesn't have? Weight in below.
Short answer: YES.
Hold on. Let me explain.
You often hear the statement, "There is no shortcut to success."
And while I'm sure the people who say that mean well, I would advise you to ignore them.
They are false prophets.
You know they're out there. As soon as you decide you're going to chase your dreams, or to do something ambitious, here come the naysayers and critics.
And it's hard, right?
Because deep down, in the deepest recesses of your mind, or maybe not so deep, you wonder if they're right.
Truth be told, I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally learn to play chess. Looking back, it was befuddling to others as well.
I remember a friend of mine looking at me, bewildered, when I revealed that I didn't know how to play.
"I just thought you would," he said matter of factly.
I'll admit it. I hate working jobs.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I'm against working. After all, I consider myself to be a hard worker...just a horrible employee. The currently accepted practice of being chained to a desk for a predetermined period of time five days a week and being forced to appear productive as opposed to actually being productive is maddening to me. It isn't natural. And it seems that more and more, it isn't beneficial for the average American.
Business Consulting is now a Multi-Million dollar industry.
In an age where there is so much information that is so readily accessible, it can be overwhelming to dig through it all.
Some gurus say, "Follow your passion."
Others say, "Follow the money."
At the end of the day, the simpliest advice I've found to be the most useful is: "Solve a Problem."
Yesterday, I attended the Get Motivated Business Seminar that rolled into the downtown Convention Center. As I sat in a packed room with a couple thousand other like minded individuals, I was struck by how effective the machine was.
Presenter after presenter took the stage to share words of encouragement and inspiration. Some used energy. most used humor. There was a dance contest, complete with beach balls. Willie Jolley even sang. And while I soaked it all it, I developed a deep appreciation for the hustle of every single individual who took the stage.
Then it hit me: I was becoming an expert in HustleNometry; The Science and Art of Hustling.
It isn't easy to start a business by yourself. We've been there.