Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Makes An Entrepreneur Tick?

Rich Karlgaard wrote an interesting editorial in the June 19th, 2006 issue of Forbes. In the article, Karlgaard discusses two books which outline the core characteristics of the entrepreneur. One of the books, "The Hypomaniac Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success In America" is by John D. Gartner and essentially states that American entrepreneurs have a condition of "hypomania" which causes them to to be "brimming with infectious energy, irrational confidence and really big ideas".

Read Karlgaard's article, Blessed Are the Hypomanic.

While we haven't tagged any of the entrepreneurs featured in eClips as being "hypomanic", we have noticed that these folks do continually mention specific traits such as being "risk-takers", "passionate", "decision-makers" and "visionary" that are core to the success of an entrepreneur.

Look at the list for yourself in the eClips theme section, Life As An Entrepreneur.

1 comment:

Russ Dalbey said...

Every single one of my students embodies the core characteristics needed to be a successful entrepreneur. They all have ambition, drive, determination and a willingness to battle adversity.

There are certainly many good jobs out there, but I find that entrepreneurs want to be in control - they aren’t willing to take a back seat. They know they can do better on the strengths of their own decision-making ability and perseverance.

Warm regards,

Russ Dalbey