Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

 “While entrepreneurs may be born with a certain native intelligence, a flair for innovation, a high level of energy, a core of other inborn attributes that you either have or you don’t have, it is apparent that merely possessing these characteristics does not necessarily make you an entrepreneur.  The making of an entrepreneur occurs through a combination of work experience, know-how, personal contacts, and the development of business skills acquired over time.  In fact, other attributes of equal importance can also be acquired through understanding, hard work, and patience.” (Walter S. Good, Building a Dream – A Canadian Guide to Starting Your Own Business)Open for business

The question of whether entrepreneurs are born or made has long been debated.  However, as Walter Good explains above, it is a combination of a lot of things.  Most of all you have to believe in yourself and be able to move forward with your idea.  Whatever the service or product you offer, when it comes right down to it, you are the one who makes it unique.

Here are some key attributes and skills of successful entrepreneurs:

Attributes Skills
Driven Financial awareness
Risk-taker (but well calculated risk) Time management
Focused Understand how to sell
Confident Communication
Resilient Negotiation
Patient Relationship building – People friendly

We all make mistakes but entrepreneurs learn from those mistakes and make better choices as they grow their business.

Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work and drive.  You need to plan carefully and do your research. Here is one tool to help better measure your entrepreneurial potential.

If you want to talk more about being an entrepreneur, call and book a free consultation. We are here to help you as you take the first steps towards opening your business. One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success. For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at, or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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