Are entrepreneurs born or are they nurtured?

I do not know the answer to that, but I do know one thing that most entrepreneurs have in common – they do not have ears! Of course, I am joking, but I do know that when entrepreneurs have an idea, they are unstoppable. Most of the entrepreneurs I have met possess the following characteristics: determination, confidence, energy, high work ethic, impatience, optimism and single-mindedness. They do not sweat the small stuff, which means they often need help with administration issues. More importantly, however, they are not afraid of failure. To them, failure is just another step on the ladder to success. They do not like the term ‘yes but’ and prefer to hear ‘why not?’

This begs the question: Should entrepreneurs have their own businesses?

The answer is: ‘not necessarily’.

Entrepreneurs tend to treat the businesses they run as their own. They are motivated by success and like to be rewarded for their efforts.

In my opinion, the best entrepreneurs have often had a taste of structured corporate life and have decided to use their acquired knowledge and experience as a springboard for their own success.
Are you an entrepreneur? Read my book ‘getting to value’. I set out a short ‘checklist’ of items you should measure yourself against. Only you can decide whether you have what it takes to start your own business, and sometimes you need to heed the words of one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson, when he says, ‘Screw It, Let’s Do It’.

Quentin G McCullough