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Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by DanDanger, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. DanDanger

    DanDanger Junior Member

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    Entrepreneurship: Nature vs Nurture. It's not exactly a new debate but one that the jury is still out on.

    It seems the most I read about and listen to their interviews, one of the many things mega successful entrepreneurs have in common is they started young. Even as children they were trading, exploring ideas to make money and envisioning themselves as being rich when they were older.

    It's as if they were born hustling.


    On top of which, quite a few come from poor backgrounds, which one would assume there is not any entrepreneurship encouragement.

    When I was 5/6, I got very good at making paper airplanes. I remember putting little drawings on them and making paper sleeves for them to go in. I would give sales pitches to friends and family at every opportunity, trying to sell them for 5p each! I genuinely remember me thinking “wow, if I sold 20 of these I'd have a whole£1!!” and the excitement that thought gave me.

    Same when I was 9/10, I was programming really crappy computergames in Q-Basic that I'd put on floppy disks and try to flog atschool for £1 each.

    Sounds ridiculous I know, but discussing this with my family recently my father told me I did that entirely on my own, no parental planting of an entrepreneurial seed in my head, it just came naturally to me.

    In my fathers case he's a rather large property tycoon, yet he grew up in a poor household and if anything was discouraged from entrepreneurship, with friends and family telling him not to get a loan for his first property, because debt is dangerous.


    My experience with helping and teaching friends IM has been a disaster. They just don't have the drive, ambition or risk calculation that I'd argue true entrepreneurs have.

    Upbringing can only do so much and I think entrepreneurs mindset is so dominant in the people that have it, that it's almost their entire identity. It's so deeply embedded it can't be put down to environmental/social influences.


    I'm almost certain that there's a entrepreneurial gene.

    What are your thoughts?
     
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  2. DigitalCity

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    could be either or. some are natural born hustlers....some are shaped and made in to money making machines...

    gates, escobar, jobs, trump, freeway rick, us the government, lol you could dissect each one and thy each have there own unique story...
     
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  3. Dannythehat

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    Great question. I am like you, my nickname as a kid was "Del boy" . I was always looking for ways to make money - from selling my grans homemade biscuits to washing cars. IMO, if you are not driven then you will not succeed as much as someone "born with it".
     
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    I don't think they are born.. you get influenced when you are young and eventually you will create yourself. But not all people are good for being a CEO or owning their own biz.. it all depends on their own characteristics. Some want some things more than others.. I can say I was influenced when I was young and it powered me to be who I am today.
     
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    They are made!
    I just made 3 entrepreneur yesterday!
     
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    danifilou Newbie

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    Everyone is born for more. Most just like the sheeple way of life more because it's easier.

    On the other hand it's not difficult to make at least 200 bucks a day. :cool:
     
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    Haha +rep on this ;)

    @OP
    Not everyone who starts something is an entrepreneur. I would differentiate between those that just copy an existing idea and those that create something unique or at least add a twist to an existing idea.
    This is the reason so many people here fail, because they lack the ability to adapt and create something out of the box without a step by step instruction they can follow.
     
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    People who actually are successful entrepreneurs would say they got to that point by themselves (with a combination of work ethic, luck, help from others, etc), while people who struggle to make money online would say that you have to be born with an "entrepreneurial gene" and use that as an excuse for why they can't seem to make money.
     
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  11. DanDanger

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    Exactly my point. You've just shown how it's hard to "make" a successful entrepreneur. I'm suggesting it's this very crucial mindset that you can't teach.
     
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    Have a look on this Folks ;) never let your self down if you fail. Always be motivated and learn from your mistakes & make a right choice !
     
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    Honestly, why would you waste your time debating if other people who have no impact on your life were born naturally or developed the skill to be called a term which we invented to describe someone successful in business.

    Spend your energy on yourself. Improve, learn something, work on something, call someone a retard on the internet...
     
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    Sometime maybe genetic.

    My father rather resign his high paying job. Just to do business.

    And end up his business fail. But he keep do various type of business. Some work and some dont.

    And now is my turn to shining.
     
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    Most were influenced as children. I think it definitely takes a certain personality type to want to be your own boss though. It's not for everyone.
     
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    Entrepreneurs are made. Even if you are born into a wealthy fsamily that does not make you an entrepreneur.
    Some people just cant do the 9-5 job and become entrepreneurs over time.Some people can become entrepreneurs with the help of mentors. But, just because you ahve a mentor doesnt mean your cut to be an entrepreneur.

    Reality is many with brick and mortar businesses can go under if they dont know what they're doing or earn less than sheelpe with day jobs.

    Crowdfunding and the last reccession forced many into entrepreneurship.
     
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    I believe entrepreneurs have certain winning genes that made them entrepreneurs.
     
  18. DTjai

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    I would say a mix of both, some have a more natural feel to entepreneurship then others.
    But the biggest thing is that makes or breaks one is his discipline and desire to grow in my opinion.

    Regards,

    DTJai
     
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    Entrepreneurship is there in everyone, difference is how enterprising you are to utilise that.
     
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    Babies that are born wearing a suit are future entrepreneurs.

    Proof: a baby born with a suit
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