A few years ago a friend told me he was taking an “Entrepreneurship Class” and I remember raising an eyebrow. How do you take a class to learn how to be a certain type of person? The word entrepreneur is defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. How do you teach someone to take risks or to work hard?
It’s not that I’m against higher education, although I kind of am, it’s that I’m against the idea that you can try to teach someone to be something they are not. And do you know the one critical piece that’s missing from every “Entrepreneurship Class” in the world? The fact that none of them make you put your own money, blood, sweat, and tears on the line. You can’t do that in a well air-conditioned classroom. You do that in real life.