A lot of young people want to start a business, or want to be an entrepreneurial employee, even if they don’t have a particular vision or way of expressing it. If you think you might want to be an entrepreneur but lack a clear plan and you’re on the fence, what’s the best thing to do?
Hang around with entrepreneurs. At least that’s what a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation says.
Common sense seems to vindicate this theory. Think about the people you spend a lot of time with, and how many shared interests and activities you have. It’s true that often you coalesce with people because of shared interests you had before you met them, but consider all the times you tried something new, or pushed yourself a little more because the people around you did?
Entrepreneurship is a hard thing to define, and harder still to learn from textbooks or lectures. You need to get your feet wet and just do it. But if you’re not sure what exactly to start doing, being around those who are busy building a business is the best place to start. That’s one of the greatest values of the Praxis program: participants spend ten months working with entrepreneurs.
Immerse yourself in an environment of problem solving, innovating, creating, doing; if that doesn’t awaken your inner entrepreneur, nothing will.