Can entrepreneurship be learned?
This is a controversial question similar to that of nature vs. nurture. Yes, maybe some people are born with innate ability for entrepreneurship. But as is the case in many other fields (music, sports, mathematics, etc), the evidence suggests that entrepreneurship can be taught and learned.
J.K. Rowling’s first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by publishers 12 times.
Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school varsity basketball team.
Julia Child grew up having a chef make all her meals and didn’t learn to cook French cuisine until age 30.
All of these people are renowned for their skills and their success. But each of them faced hardships, continued learning (either with self-teaching or through mentors), and persevered. Why should entrepreneurship be any different?
With enough practice and dedication, anyone can turn themselves into an entrepreneur. At the core of being an entrepreneur are many teachable skills such as how to: create a business plan, generate revenue, manage employees, navigate legal/financial issues, and much more.
Taking an entrepreneurship course can also help develop the skills that many people think are innate: critical-thinking, communication, innovation, collaboration, creativity, etc. While these skills may come easier to some people than others, they are still able to be understood, learned, developed, and even perfected.
Why is entrepreneurship important?
When it comes down to it, entrepreneurs are the basis for a good economy (or the potential to have a good economy). Entrepreneurs are the people that come up with revolutionary ideas, create new trends, and make social changes. They are the people that take risks that big companies won’t. Sure, there is always a chance of failure, but there is also a chance that the payoff could be big (or lead to something greater).
An entrepreneurship course is like a trial for running your own business, without the risk. It builds your confidence, expands your mind, and makes you consider aspects of running a business that you may not have noticed before. That way, in the real world, you can avoid some mishaps (but rest assured, in entrepreneurship, there are always a few mishaps).
In the end, a course in entrepreneurship will teach you how to successfully navigate the common pitfalls of business. You’ll learn to set goals, bounce back from failure, make meaningful changes to your ideas, and stay determined through hardships. All of these things are crucial to being an entrepreneur.
What will you learn with MyLeanMBA?
The very first module of The Lean MBA™ program is all about entrepreneurship. This module takes 4 weeks to complete and covers 4 topics:
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- The Lean Startup
- From Team to Company
- Funding Your Startup
The Lean MBA™ entrepreneurship module is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. With a 15-30 minute lesson each day, students get into a daily routine of critical and creative thinking. They will also develop their own startup ideas through a series of examples, questions, and exercises.
Plus, The Lean MBA™ program offers 11 other modules to round out students’ business administration training:
- General Management, Strategy & Leadership
- Marketing & Sales
- Economics & Statistics
- Operations Management
- Business Law & Ethics
- Big Data
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Project Management & Quality
So entrepreneurship can be learned and it is very important. What are you waiting for?