We have all been conditioned to believe that
entrepreneurship is an exclusive identity.
But it’s not. Entrepreneurship is
an activity, made possible by a wide array of skills, tools and resources. Over the course of the next several paragraphs,
I hope you’ll bear with me as I do my best to debunk the widespread and counterproductive myth of the born
The Verb Is Mightier Than the Noun
The term entrepreneur comes from the French word entreprendre, meaning to
undertake or to manage. As a result, entrepreneurship is etymologically linked to a form of action, rather than a state of being or set of traits. While the meaning behind the term is broad and
open-ended, most literature about entrepreneurship is distressingly exclusive
in tone, whether inadvertently or by design.
The web is full of articles and blogs endlessly listing the character
traits that every entrepreneur simply must have to be successful. They frame it in terms of: how to be a successful entrepreneur…in order to
succeed you must be these things,
have these very particular yet thoroughly generic attributes. The implication is that an incredibly small subset of the population, people with superhuman talent and insights like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sergei Brin and Larry Page -- they have what it takes to create meaningful new businesses because they were simply wired that way. The message is that they have the right stuff and, most likely, you don't.
To Be or Not to Be, That Is Not the Right Question
This entrepreneurship-as-identity fallacy unfortunately pervades higher education as
well. In business school, I selected entrepreneurship
as my concentration. In more than one
class, we were required to purchase outrageously expensive textbooks littered with misleading truisms like
“The Seven Character Traits of Entrepreneurship.” One – Perseverance. Two – Creativity. Three – Flexibility. Four – GIVE ME A BREAK! For the most part, these textbooks are a
complete waste of money. Of course, starting a business requires perseverance, creativity and flexibility. You know what also requires a ton of perseverance, creativity and flexibility?
Life. Just living requires those
things in some form or another, and they are certainly necessary to succeed in
any profession, not just the business world.
Along with my friends in the entrepreneurship program, I quickly
realized that it makes no sense trying to teach someone how to be an entrepreneur. Why?
Because entrepreneurship isn’t an identity; it isn’t a set of
personality traits that you’re either born with or you’re not. Entrepreneurship is a process, a means to an
end. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to create a business
or innovate one, but you do have to learn and integrate entrepreneurial
thinking and doing into your life.
You can’t teach someone how to be an entrepreneur, any more than you can teach someone how to be Richard Branson. Although, come to think of it, how hard can
that be? Step One: Grow out your hair.
Step Two: Speak with a foppish British accent.
Step Three: grow a goatee, refuse to wear a tie, and go parasailing,
constantly… Thanks a lot, textbook. (Only kidding, Sir Richard – you
The most familiar type of entrepreneurship is also the
most extreme and atypical. Risking
everything you have to start a high-growth tech company from scratch is
incredibly difficult, and admittedly not everyone is willing to accept that
level of risk. But that is by no means
the only way to create a viable business.
Entrepreneurship is less of a cohesive identity, and more importantly a
process – a way of thinking and doing – that spurs innovation and creates value. That’s why many large companies try to
embrace the idea of intrapreneurship, innovation and informed risk-taking from within an established organization.
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.
Cut to the Chase Already
What’s the point of all this, you might ask? I created Inclusiva because there are a lot
of creative people out there who excel at their chosen craft, but don’t think that they can be entrepreneurs, don’t think that
they can be in business because they
have been made to feel that business is something other, something purely about
profit, something incompatible with being creative, conscientious, community-focused,
fill in the blank. Or maybe they’ve read
one too many of these boneheaded lists online or self-help books about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and they’ve been
made to feel that they simply don’t have what it takes because of who they are.
Inclusiva exists to change this way of thinking, to approach entrepreneurship as a widely inclusive discipline, rather than an identity reserved for an elite few.
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