Entrepreneurs: nurtured or in nature

I have a confession to make. I had no idea about what an E-Cell does really while joining it. Well, with no disrespect intended to any of the college clubs, my instinct doesn’t approve of its functioning till this day either. The reason behind becoming a part of such clubs for students is maybe the lack of choices, lack of things to do, lack of knowledge of what one truly wishes to do, lack of effective mentor in selecting things, the ‘something is better than nothing’ ideology .

They say that the motto of “the E-Clubs” is to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among all the students. To quote an anonymous entrepreneur, “It doesn’t matter which business school you go to or what books you read, you can’t go into Boots and buy a bottle of entrepreneurial juice-entrepreneurial spirit is something you are born with.” Personally, I believe if one really has it in him, you don’t really need to take him through endless case studies, speaker sessions and accounting ethics.

A person can’t become an entrepreneur until he doesn’t have the zeal to risk in order to get high returns. Risk taking ability doesn’t come from bookish knowledge as much as it comes from the heart. The real guts have to come from within. Otherwise, every now and then, there would have been one. Attitude is the most vital characteristic that, I assure, can’t be trained. Think of people who nailed it without any formal training, just with their ability to determine and forsee, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mr. Agrawal of Vishal Megamart fame and many more to be listed.

Experience, knowledge and observation count definitely but I am not sure if we can teach someone to LOVE to take risks. It is hardwired in the individual. The debate over whether entrepreneurs are just born that way, or can be taught the skills to start and run a successful business, shall keep dividing opinions forever. And I’ll stay firm by mine till I discover a reason, worthy enough, to stand on the other side.

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