To run a successful business, you’ll need to learn a thing or two about sales, management, products, finances, taxes, law, contracts, marketing, and personal development.
And for many, those skills are learned crash course style. Entrepreneurs take the plunge, and either swim or sink.
To some, that path to entrepreneurship is an exciting challenge. An adventure! Let’s go all in and do this!
But others who want to forge their own path in business might have some reservations about winging it and figuring things out as you go. Is there a path to entrepreneurship besides flying by the seat of your pants?
The answer seems to be an emphatic yes.
For example, Max Lytvin, co-founder of Grammarly, swears by university. His MBA in Marketing and Finance compensated for a lack of mentorship and equipped him with specific, technical skills.¹
But it’s not the only route. In fact, only 17% of entrepreneurs have a bachelor’s degree, 18% have a master’s degree, and 4% have a PhD.²
Bill Gates skipped class and went straight into business. His legacy speaks for itself.
That being said, Bill Gates was still taught about entrepreneurship—though he dropped out of college, he learned the ropes from a mentor. In his case, his mentor was billionaire Warren Buffett.
The takeaway? Entrepreneurship, like any other skill, can be learned and taught.
For some, that takes place in a classroom. Others learn from an experienced mentor.
If you have the luxury of time and money for a degree, go for it.
If not, let’s talk. My mission is to free employees to become entrepreneurs. And that starts with mentorship. It’s a simple way to learn how entrepreneurship works, and get your journey towards owning your own business started.
¹ Yes, Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught, Max Lytvyn, Wired, https://www.wired.com/insights/2014/12/yes-entrepreneurship-can-be-taught/
² “20 Entrepreneur Statistics You Need To Know (2022),” Apollo Technical, Jun 20, 2022 https://www.apollotechnical.com/entrepreneur-statistics/