Can You Teach Someone To Be An Entrepreneur?

Posted On April 3, 2006 | Written by Emmanuel Oluwatosin

There is a thought provoking post at the Entrepreneurial Mind you ought to read. It’s a review and commentary of a recent Fortune Small Business article titled Do you need school to succeed? You should read the article too.

The article asks a simple question: Can entrepreneurship really be taught in a classroom? The answers are divided. I believe the answer is Yes (this is my personal opinion :-)).

There are a lot of skills you can teach would-be entrepreneurs, but you can’t give the person what they need most: burning desire. Maybe people that enroll in entrepreneurship courses already have it. Maybe they’re hoping to find it. But one thing’s for sure, they can’t learn it, buy it, borrow it, or steal it. They have it or they don’t.

You can teach entrepreneurship, but you can’t teach someone to be an entrepreneur.

What do you think?

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