entrepreneurial skillsets can be learned over time. Let’s study which skillsets
make for a good entrepreneur, and whether or not they can be taught.
Some people are naturally intelligent and have high IQ scores, while others
struggle in this area (with a whole lot of people in between). I am not saying
you need to be genius, to be successful as an entrepreneur, as many geniuses are
very book smart, but not street smart. But, intelligence certainly goes a long
way. But, to be fair, people are not born intelligent, they are most-typically
taught the information required to accumulate intelligence. Advantage:
Visionary and Good Instincts
Anybody can be smart about the current status quo. But, very few people can
actually see “outside of the box” to imagine new and innovative ways of solving
current world problems. You typically cannot teach imagination. You are either
imaginative or you are not. Advantage: Born.
Passion, Energy and Excitement
Nothing helps move a startup along like a good “fire in the belly”.
Especially, if that energy is focused around a product that an entrepreneur is
passionate about. Passion is particularly important for exciting prospective
employees, customers, partners and investors. You either have passion and can
instill excitement, or you do not. Advantage: Born.
Persistence and Drive
Entrepreneurs need a “succeed despite the hurdles” mentality and drive. Most
startups have a lot of challenging periods in their growth, and if you are not
persistent enough to “slog through the mud”, you are never going to succeed or
survive. You can’t teach persistence. Advantage: Born.
Fearless and Calculated Risk Taker
As far as I know, you can’t teach someone not to be scared, or not to boldly
go where others have not gone before. Yes, you can teach a person how to assess
or minimize risks, but in my opinion, this category leans more on the side of
wired. Advantage: Born.
Good Communicator, Listener, Salesperson, Team Builder and Motivator
Entrepreneurs need to do a good job of communicating their vision, listening
to input from others, selling through the vision to
employees/partners/investors, building teams and motivating employees. For the
most part, many of these skills are basic business skills which can be taught
(although I could have easily shared the vote here with born given the
intangibles required here). Advantage: Taught.
Domain Experience In The Industry
The most successful entrepreneurs have had some exposure to their industry,
typically from a previous work experience, where they had on-the-job training
that prepared them for their big venture. Advantage: Taught.
So, despite a valiant effort from “taught,” “born” hangs
on to win by a nose, 4-3. But, the overall point here is: it really isn’t one or
the other, as you really need both to maximize your odds for success, and a 7-0
By George Deeb - Source: www.Forbes.com
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