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Entrepreneurism: do you have it?


Just what is an entrepreneur? According to Jeff Stibel, writing for HBR.org, entrepreneurship can be likened to a disease. Explaining his reasoning, he says: "Having it myself, I am not always sure it is a good thing.  That so many people wish to suffer from it just tells me they don't understand it."

Stibel maintains that being an entrepreneur is very different to the common perception. Successful small business owners and start-up founders are not necessarily entrepreneurs, he insists.

The author says: "It is not about behaviour (whether risk-prone or risk-averse); it is not about business type (you can run a small business, a public company, a division of a company, or be an investor); and it is not about title (you do not have to be a CEO to be an entrepreneur). Instead, I see it as a personality trait."

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