Why Entrepreneurship Can Never Be Taught

There are two school of thoughts within the world of entrepreneurship.

Team A: Entrepreneurship can be taught.

Team B: Entrepreneurship cannot be taught.

As you may have guessed, I fall into the latter category.

Why? It’s actually quite simple when you really think about it.

Let’s start from the top. How is one taught? Through teaching. What is teaching?

teach definition

Taking this definition, teaching is the process of imparting knowledge to another. Is entrepreneurship knowledge?

I personally don’t believe so. I think it’s something you do, a mindset. If you’ve ever hired anyone, you’ll know that skills can be taught, but personality cannot. An entrepreneurial mindset is something that can’t be taught, however I do believe it is something that can be learned.

As I said, it’s something that can be learned. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you won’t learn it by sitting in a lecture, attending seminars or buying some book by a famous ‘entrepreneur’ (sure there are exceptions to this). You’ll learn by doing. Work in a company where you have the freedom. Work on a side project. Run your own businesses. It’s through life experiences that you will gain the skills to be an entrepreneur.

And the exceptions I mentioned above? When you learn from others life experiences. Get a mentor, read a book, attend a seminar. But be sure these are legitimate people. Every Tom, Dick and Harry writes a book and claims to be a world famous speaker – general rule, anyone who advertises to be probably isn’t, because they wouldn’t need to. Does Richard Branson say he’s a best-selling author? No, because he’s an entrepreneur. But if J.K. Rowling says she’s a best-selling author that is fine, because that’s her profession.

Moral of the story; don’t talk, do.

Alexandre Barret