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What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

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Understanding common abilities, traits and characteristics exhibited by entrepreneurs. Understanding the effect of outside factors affecting entrepreneurial individuals EU Entrepreneurial Competencies: Self-awareness and self-efficacy, motivation and perseverance


Entrepreneurial individuals are often viewed as different from us. This training fiche will review characteristics, thinking and behaviour of entrepreneurs and debunk common myths associated with them. You will be able to understand what makes them different and enable you to self-evaluate your own enterprising tendencies and attributes. Therefore, you will be able to identify which areas you need to work on to make yourself more entrepreneurial.


Further reading: · Baumol, W.J., 1996. Entrepreneurship: Productive, unproductive, and destructive. Journal of Business Venturing, 11(1), pp.3-22.

· Bandura, A., 1997. Editorial. American Journal of Health Promotion, 12(1), pp.8-10.

· Koudstaal, M., Sloof, R. and Van Praag, M., 2015. Risk, uncertainty, and entrepreneurship: Evidence from a lab-in-the-field experiment. Management Science, 62(10), pp.2897-2915.

· Bacigalupo, M., Kampylis, P., Punie, Y. and Van den Brande, G., 2016. EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework. Luxembourg: Publication Office of the European Union.

· Stusinski, M., 2016. 15 times billionaire Richard Branson failed at business. Business Pundit. Available at: http://www.businesspundit.com/15-times-billionaire-richard-branson-failed-at-business-04-2016/2/

· Branson, R., 2015. My top 10 quotes on failure. Virgin. Available at: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/my-top-10-quotes-on-failure

· Brown, J., E., 2016. My business just collapsed – the truths that entrepreneurs never tell you about failure. The Telegraph. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/the-truths-about-failure-that-every-entrepreneur-needs-to-embrac/

· Pilon, A., 2016. 21 Entrepreneurs Who Failed Big Before Becoming a Success. Small Business Trends. Available at: https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/01/entrepreneurs-who-failed.html

· Gasca, P., 2015. 6 Truths about Failure Every Entrepreneur Should Embrace. Entrepreneur. Available: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244581

· Jappelli, T., 2010. Economic literacy: An international comparison. The Economic Journal, 120(548), pp.F429-F451.

· De Kok, J., Vroonhof, P., Verhoeven, W., Timmermans, N., Kwaak, T., Snijders, J. and Westhof, F., 2011. Do SMEs create more and better jobs. Report prepared by EIM for the European Commission DG Enterprise and industry, Brussels, European Commission

· Sandefer, J., 2012. The One Key Trait For Successful Entrepreneurs. Forbes Magazine. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/acton/2012/05/17/the-one-key-trait-for-successful-entrepreneurs-a-tolerance-for-ambiguity/#16dffdb27604

· EU Science Hub – Joint Research Centre 2017. EntreComp Framework. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LctfWCH5j0w&list=PLGI5zHT2w7jAPsfSjWfatN4tlxJhvbj7-

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