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?