Time.com wonders if Entrepreneurs are born or if they can be taught?
In an article “Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught? Richard Branson’s Mother Says Yes” which was written based upon a documentary film Lemonade Stories about extraordinary entrepreneurs and their mothers they suggest that Entrepreneurs can be taught, and in some high-profile cases mothers play a significant role in doing so.
The film Lemonade Stories examines the impact that mothers have on the entrepreneurial spirit in their children and how they spark their creativity in general and specifically how that leads them to success and prosperity in their business ventures.
That creativity is a critically important business skill for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners and Solopreneurs, and having a mother that fosters it at such an early age will definitely give a leg up for the future.
Eve Branson talked extensively about her son’s shyness as a boy, which she described as “disabling.”
When Richard Branson was a young boy, he refused to talk to adults and would cling to the back of Eve’s skirt. When he turned 7 or so, Eve decided that his behavior was no longer tolerable. “Shyness is being introverted and thinking only of yourself,” she said.
That shyness and being introverted would have prevented Richard Branson from becoming who he is today, so the world is a significantly better place due to Eve teaching him a different way and putting a stop to that shyness when he was only 7.
In many ways your parents are your first coach and mentor in life and thus in your business ventures as well. They are your initial teachers of how to act and behave and what is possible in the world.
If American parents want to raise children who think entrepreneurially, have initiative and become innovative and truly independent adults, it might serve us all well if we stepped back and let our sweet darlings make mistakes and fall on their faces from time to time.
Another Entrepreneur’s mother gave him a loan, but the important part was much deeper than the money itself, but rather what the money represented. It showed her belief in him and what he was doing.
Russell Simmons’ mother gave him a $2,000 loan when no one else would; his business of producing parties hosted by rap artists was losing money and he was questioning his ability and line of work. He said in his interview for the film that what was important was not the money his mother gave him, but rather what it represented: the faith that she had in him. After that day, he never had to ask his mother for money again.
You can read the whole article here on the Time.com website here: http://business.time.com/2012/05/09/can-entrepreneurship-be-taught-richard-bransons-mother-says-yes/
And you can also check out more info on the documentary film Lemonade Stories here: http://www.lemonadestories.com/aboutfilm.html
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