Can anyone be an entrepreneur?

 This provocative question was one of several posed during a Forbe interview of yet another young,  self-made multimillionaire in technical services. He’s now heading a company that looks like an MLM company promoting the latest fad: wellness.

Nothing wrong with that, though some commenters are correctly leery about some of his wisdom. If brilliant self-promotion is a part of entrepreneurship, and IFO believes it is, then Ryan Blair, the subject of the story, is a prime example. He’s certainly got street smarts. Reminds us a bit of Mark Cuban.

Here’s the grafs that caught our eye, since we, too, suffered through “education” in SoCal and we, too, doubt the value of formal higher education for anything but training in the professions [business is not a profession]:

What’s your take on the educational system? Will a college degree help or hurt your chances at starting a successful business?

As a product of Los Angeles’s public school system, in a state with the highest dropout rate in the nation (about 20 percent), I can tell you from personal experience that some of our brightest minds are being misidentified because of a one-size-fits-all learning environment. Because I had ADD and dyslexia I never got past the 9th grade.

I recall sitting with a career counselor in continuation high school, being told that I didn’t have the intellect or aptitude to become a doctor or a lawyer. They suggested a trade school, construction, something where I’d be working with my hands.

The irony is that today I employ plenty of doctors and lawyers. Would you rather be a doctor or a lawyer, or a guy who writes a check to doctors and lawyers?

As always, we advise our readers to check out the comments (not all 4,000!) for other perspectives.


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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2 Responses to Can anyone be an entrepreneur?

  1. This is a very thought-provoking question. I don’t think everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur and in fact am not sure I support colleges that teach an entrepreneurship class as part of a business degree. An entrepreneur takes a certain personality type and inherent drive–I it chooses the person; the person doesn’t choose it.

    • Totally agree! That high school business program – I forget its name – run by real local business people that leads the kids through product development, manufacturing and marketing, might be the only thing that helps the kids get ‘chosen’ by the entrepreneur’s bug. Although… our daughters’ experiences with it only reinforced, or woke up, their existing entrepreneurial spirits. So, we guess you are right all around.

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