What have we learned so far about entrepreneurship?

What have we learned so far about entrepreneurship?

Over the past few years, the word ‘entrepreneur’ has been used and misused in an unprecedented fashion with more and more individuals and organizations trying to use that current fashion to make a load of money without delivering any value.

This causes more and more people to be frustrated because it doesn’t seem to work for them.

A recent research study by one of the top 500 companies has shown, that the most wanted trades in today’s business world are:

  • Adaptability
  • Creativity
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Education

And that a successful individual has to be:

  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Personal (individual)

A worldwide study undertaken by the Gallup Research Organisation during 2013 has shown that the most important reasons for becoming an entrepreneur are the search for meaning, happiness and worthiness. Money is a far less important reason for becoming an entrepreneur, but most schools or training facilities concentrate only on that.

The right and the wrong way to learn

Meaning, happiness and worthiness are not subjects at schools anywhere in the world (maybe besides Finland). Schools, including business schools or so-called Accelerators or Incubators, concentrate purely on the technical aspect of being an entrepreneur. It’s mainly about science, math and technology. Things like business models, sales technics and finance – important as they might be – are only a tiny part of what makes a successful entrepreneur.

Lets not forget that most people wanting to become an entrepreneur are doing so because the current system does not work for them. They are unhappy with their situation and are looking for a way out. And of course, making lots of money seems to be a great reason to be different.

Let’s face it, most of the current teaching and training methods don’t work. Only a small percentage ever make it as an entrepreneur in the long-term.

But why is this?

I believe it is very difficult to teach these subjects with conventional teaching methods, which are based on conformity. But as individuals, we are everything but conformists and that is exactly what most of us are trying to escape from.

Why else would we want to become an entrepreneur? As much as we are individuals we are also part of a social group and besides dealing with ourselves we deal every day with many other people. In the end, entrepreneurship is about the art of dealing with people (including ourselves) in all its facets.

I believe that we need something else. We need to allow each student to discover what makes them tick, what excites them and where their talents lie. And this needs to be on an individual basis. At the same time, we need to provide the training, support and motivation to build working connections to others. In its essence, it is about people. It is about taking charge of our part in society and to understand our important role in it all. This is what gives us the feeling of worthiness. This is what gives us meaning and makes us happy.

Better to learn, practice and improve

This is why the Entrepreneur Academy puts its focus on creating a lasting positive change in our world. We educate and train creative entrepreneurial spirits that challenge students of all ages to design their own education and projects.

We support each student individually to find their talents and learn the skills to improve on them. We empower our students to take action towards their ideas instead of just dreaming about it. As an academy, we work towards learning and practising. It is always about moving forward. We will take our students on a journey of discovery and understanding and prepare them to become real positive change-makers.

If you would like to take part as a student or teacher, just send us a message and we will set-up a meeting to discuss it all in detail. Besides that, I will also organise open meetings on a regular basis. There you will have the chance to ask all your questions and to meet the team.

I wish you all an amazing and fulfilling future!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium, this site is run by John di Stefano, teaching and supporting entrepreneurs to learn the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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