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A Struggle To Accomplish The Unattainable

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An entrepreneur is someone who creates something, anything. They can create a business, an idea, or even a goal. As long as somebody possesses certain characteristics, they can be considered an entrepreneur. These qualities include, but are not limited to: passion/ perseverance for their creation and execution intelligence. These particular traits are present in three books: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
In Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, chapter three is entitled “Drug Dealers Living With Their Moms.” This chapter outlines drug dealing as a business. A man named Sudhir Venkatesh, a sociology student at the time, wound up with gang members in Chicago. He learned about how dealing is a well manufactured business and explained the situation to the authors of Freakonomics. The leader of this branch of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation was J.T. He was a man who was very intelligent. He actually attended college and graduated with a degree in business. This in turn lead to how he controlled his gang, “He knew the importance of collecting data and finding new markets; he was always on the lookout for better management strategies. It was no coincidence, in other words, that J.T. was the leader of this crack gang. He was bred to be a boss” (Levitt and Dubner 94). J.T. was a very organized and smart business man. He knew how to run his operation smoothly. He had execution intelligence. He could not only lead well, but he managed the gang’s money wisely. J.T. had records made for the gang, “They represented a complete record of four years’ worth of the gang’s rigorously compiled: sales, wages, dues, even the death benefits paid out to the families of murdered members” (Levitt and Dubner 95). He ran the business so well, that the monthly revenue for this branch of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation was at about $68,400 in its final year (Levitt and Dubner 97). It isn’t necessarily smart to be selling drugs, but J.T. did it wisely. He acted as a businessman not a drug dealer. That is how he rose to the position he ended with. His passion for making dealing a business is how went from a leader of a branch to a higher position. J.T. had to adhere to the higher ups just like in any business, “J.T., the college-educated leader of his franchise, reported to a central leadership of about twenty men that was called, without irony, the board of directors” (Levitt and Dubner 96). J.T. was taking in an annual salary of about $100,000 while his board took in about $500,000 (Levitt and Dubner 99). It comes to no surprise that J.T., after six long years running his local gang, was promoted to the board of directors (Levitt and Dubner 106). He persevered through six years of leading a small group to be promoted as high as he possibly could. He was making that $500,000 for all of his efforts. His passion for business and application of the same...

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