The debate rages on: Are entrepreneurs born or made? And the answer is simple. Let's visualise a five year old sitting in his neighbourhood selling lemonade at a lemonade stand. Imagine he's encouraged by his parents to sell more. Imagine the neighbours as they give him a big smile, a pat on the back and buy the watery lemonade without grumbling. Imagine he goes home that day with a bagful of coins.
That is the day he becomes an entrepreneur.
Because the reverse scenario works as well. If the same child was discouraged from setting up the lemonade stand. If the same child was scowled at by passerbys. If the same child went home with nothing that evening. That child would be discouraged. About twenty such discouraging attempts at entrepreneurship, and the child would decide they're lousy at selling.
Selling is a tough job. Entrepreneurship arises from the core of salesmanship. The more you sell, the more you see results. The more you see results, the more you are encouraged. The more you are encouraged, the more you see ideas of entrepreneurship fill your system.
You see, someone has to believe in you. You can believe in yourself for only so long before you get discouraged. But even the slightest encouragement can take a person from being a failure to a roaring success. Sometimes the encouragement comes from a kind word. Sometimes it comes from a teacher or mentor. Sometimes it comes from money in the bank.
When a person tastes instant encouragement, they become entrepreneurs. Then there's no looking back. Ever.
Sean - Moderator
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