The Verb Is Mightier Than the Noun
Entrepreneurial Exceptionalism, a Dangerous Delusion
I'll be the first to admit that not everyone has the tools or the drive to undertake and manage a new business, but not because it requires a certain character profile, but rather because it takes a commitment to a process, a mindset, a way of solving problems and a set of skills that can be learned over time, especially with the help of down-to-earth role models and mentors. You don’t have to start a huge global corporation from scratch to do entrepreneurial things, or to innovate, or to take calculated risks based on strategic planning and see those risks handsomely rewarded.
Some self-proclaimed entrepreneurs (or so-called "treps") may resent these arguments because they feel that they are somehow exceptional; only they can do what they do. In some cases, they’re right…but not always. Perhaps out of ego, perhaps to avoid more competition, entrepreneurs are often loathe to admit that many more people could do a lot more of what they do. Kind of like how some lawyers may neglect to tell you that you don’t have to be a lawyer to draft a valid, enforceable contract. You also don’t have to be a lawyer to think like a lawyer. That is something you will likely never hear a practicing attorney say, because they have been conditioned to believe that they are special. The unfortunate reality is, we have done too good a job of convincing bright young people they should go to law school, when what our economy really needs is less litigation and more innovation. Our economy desperately needs more entrepreneurial thinking and undertaking, in every profession and industry.