A recent Forbes article, Six Whopping Lies Told About Entrepreneurs … Sometimes By Entrepreneurs Themselves, created quite a stir online. It listed six myths about entrepreneurs that are worth repeating because these misperceptions dissuade some who from starting businesses and create a false sense of confidence in others.
The six lies
- They are the smartest and most high achieving people in the room. The data shows this is not the case, as most the top achieving entrepreneurs were not considered the smartest growing up (though I am sure their parents thought so). The article quotes one very successful entrepreneur as saying, “If I had a 4.0 at graduation, it stood for the number of parties I went to the night before rather than my GPA.” Entrepreneurs don’t typically try to please other people; rather, they find something that deeply fascinates them and then hyper-focus on that particular opportunity. Hence, the high dropout rates. Just looking back, none of my friends and classmates in high school and college who were considered “smartest” have achieved anything entrepreneurial. Continue reading “Six lies about entrepreneurs”