Another question I was asked to address as part of the annual entrepreneurial lecture at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, earlier this year was "To become a successful entrepreneur, is it just about having the right attitude and behaviours?"
My colleague at the Entrepreneurial Exchange in Scotland, John Anderson was quoted in a recent interview with a national Sunday paper as saying that "entrepreneurship is a state of mind". Now, whilst I agree entirely with the sense and wider context of John's comment (as we have debated this point many times), I believe that it's important to note a number of essential factors that contribute to this "state of mind", i.e having the right attitude and behaviours. These include:
- having the essential knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude (KSA's) and being able to apply them in the most appropriate way
- early life influences greatly shape your personal DNA. Certainly was for me!
- parental background & involvement (+ve or -ve)
- the values that are instilled &/or adopted (e.g. hard work, honesty, fairness, respect, competition, always do the best you can, caring for others)
- a good education &/or training (including in life) are crucial
- sport & exposure to competition at an early age can be a catalyst
- the taste of early success &/or failure is essential and character building
- early role models (good & bad) will shape you, including early jobs and bosses
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