|Ian Hopkinson wrote: |
It is an interesting thought, one that has cropped up in conversations recently...
My personal view is that whilst we can learn, i.e. we can all improve our business skills through study and experience, there is something that sets entrepreneurs apart. The entrepreneurial skill is in part derived from:
- Attitude to risk
- Ability to befriend
This is by no means an exhaustive list. My main reflection is that the skills are soft skills which you are usually born with and are then to some degree shaped as you grow up, yes you can have coaching and try to learn how to befriend people...
It doesn't mean that every entrepreneur is successful and the theory that you are testing "commercially focused problem solving can be learnt and tested in the real world with a simple context" I agree with. There will be different levels of success depending on the decisions made by each participant.
Just because you have the soft skills (and everything else required) doesn't mean you have the desire to want to be an entrepreneur.
One major point is that contacts (helpful ones) is a big factor to any success...
Would be interested to hear the outcome of your study...
What is the best way to teach creative problem solving and the entrepreneurial spirit?
Are some people simply born with the required skills? Can the skills be taught? What role does real life experience play in a good entrepreneur?
I have started a challenge/game, where I am testing theory that commercially focused problem solving can be learnt and tested in the real world with a simple context (start with £1 of your own money and double it every month, consistently for 1 year, to end up with over £4k). If you are interested or know someone that this would suit, please forward on the link http://doubleyourmoneychallenge.blogspot.com where you/they can sign up and give it a go, no email registration required, just honesty, willingness and the time to give it a try.
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