March 16, 2006.
Can Entrepreneurship be Taught? This question has been asked a lot lately and I am not sure it can be taught. Fortune Small Business Magazine, latest cover story was about this topic. The debate has been going on for 20 years.
I tend to think that the classes the top universities are offering would have helped me back in the day. It would be better to make some business classes part of all majors - not just business majors. I am earning my business degree the hard way, reading books, magazines and trial and error in my own business. I'll be the first to admit I am no mathematician and I can not balance my checkbook - but a couple business classes would have helped.
I also think that Entrepreneurs are born, not taught in school. My first entrepreneurial venture was making earrings in early nineties. I made these huge glitter-infested, rhinestone covered bright big earrings. I sold them in boutiques and craft fairs for about 4 years. If I had known anything about business I may have succeed better. Hence when the grunge style came, my business died down (truth be told though I was not interested in the product anymore).
I think if you have the drive and if you have a great idea you will succeed. The drive and ego are what keep you going, not anything else. The drive gets you out of bed at 4:30 in the morning to work on new products....