It is a question – and debate – nearly as old as the world itself. Or we would like to think so. Are entrepreneurs born or made?
While we do love to think about natural-born entrepreneurs, these debates, between the innate and acquired character, are showing that one is not necessarily born an entrepreneur, even if contextual elements can favour it. It is a profession that also requires skills to be acquired. There is no determinism. Even attitudes and behaviours can be learned, as long as you are well supported.
Nevertheless, entrepreneurship cannot be taught only in a scholarly way, in a lecture hall, but by putting it into concrete action.
It is by doing that we learn – especially when it comes to developing entrepreneurial skills and qualities. The job of an entrepreneur consists of building an offer faced with a multitude of ambiguous constraints. This should not be seen as an anecdotal element, but as a critical skill to be mastered. To do this, a true entrepreneur must (learn to?) consult, learn and surround themselves with expertise, not close themselves in to try and protect themselves.
Entrepreneurship is not a lonely journey as we like to picture it but a journey of encounters, of learnings and of building experience as an individual and as a founder.
So, yes, while some people may be more inclined to take risks or more entrepreneurial in their natural thinking, entrepreneurship can be taught.