Thoughts on Eship
Is Entrepreneurship an Innate Talent or a Learned Skill?
As a student studying entrepreneurship, at a university with a thriving entrepreneurial program, writing for a publication sponsored by an entrepreneurship education program, I believe entrepreneurship can be taught. That being said, the debate on whether entrepreneurship is a learned skill or an innate talent is a highly debated issue and successful entrepreneurs take
both sides of the debate.
The argument that entrepreneurs are made is based on the idea that it is all about exposure and role models. In a 2008 interview, Saeed Amidi, founder of Plug and Play Tech Center, discuss his experience with a group of young interns at his incubator. He was impressed that by the end of the summer, 9 of 12 interns pitched him a business, even though they were not impressive entrepreneurs at the beginning of the summer.
Taking the other extreme, that entrepreneurs are born and the skills necessary cannot be learned, is Harris Rosen, founder of Rosen Hotels and Resorts. Rosen articulates his belief that the drive, determination, and ability to continue fighting cannot be absorbed through classroom or real-life settings, but are defined at birth.
But, perhaps unsurprisingly, most entrepreneurs seem to fall somewhere in the middle. Both Savneet Singh, founder of Gold Bullion International, and Kristen McClellan, founder of Snappy Screen, believe some people are born with the traits to be an entrepreneur, but that these traits can be learned as well. Singh discusses how entrepreneurs are both experienced individuals who have spent a years learning and perfecting their skills, but others are young, inexperienced, with a natural disposition towards entrepreneurship. McClellan’s ideas are very similar. She explains how the type of person who can get pushing forward is often born that way, but that the skills to be successful can be taught in the classroom as well.