Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mindflex: Nature vs Nurture

All entrepreneurs were born. Maybe they were made to be born. Or born before they were made. Hard to imagine entrepreneurs who weren't born. Perhaps they are yet to be born.

Unless there is a defect in our DNA, we were all born intelligent. But education ruined us. The logic, which works well during gym workout is -- more you use, the more you have, less you use, more you lose. We live well by learning, and learn well by living. Some live to learn and learn to live. What we learn and how we live is another question altogether.

Ofcourse, there is a rudimentary difference in every DNA that can be enhanced or subdued by surroundings. And ofcourse, we are part of the surroundings to all others who surround us. It requires genetics and culture to specialize to the point of genius. One without the other is like a cart without a second wheel. Even a heart attack is difficult to have when genes and lifestyle oppose each other.

So is an entrepreneur born or made? hmmm.... the right question seems to be .... what makes up an entrepreneur ..... talent or hard work. Well, talent accounts for the skill and effort for the product. While one can (and does) polish the other, talent without effort remains lame and effort without talent stays blind.

Some important factors for a successful entrepreneur:
1. role model
2. experiential learning
3. daring to experiment and face failures

4. risk management
5. catering to a need
6. sustaining power
7. learning from mistakes - own and other's
8. creative problem solving
9. positive reinforcement
10. negative feedback
11. people friendly
12. clear goals
13. negotiation skills
14. stress management
15. opportunity seizing
16. timing the market
17. effective communication
18. dollops of luck
19. all of the above
20. none of the above

Well, eighteen out of twenty should ensure total success. On the other hand, it takes just two factors from the list to ensure failure. Your guess is as good as mine. Happy entrepreneuring.

"It’s common knowledge the human brain is powerful, but what did people like Einstein do to access the inherent genius of their minds? Mind development pioneer Dr. Win Wenger noticed a clear pattern. He found that geniuses are little more than ordinary people who have stumbled upon some knack or technique for widening their channels of attention. New scientific research suggests that the superior achievements of famous thinkers may have been more the result of mental conditioning than genetic superiority."

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