Over the centuries, civilization has had a prevailing number of successful entrepreneurs. From Steve Job’s technology revolution to Walt Disney’s lucrative entertainment business; such are those who revolutionize their own self-made businesses, cultivating it to reside in today’s thriving marketplace. But beyond this substantiality lies an even more intriguing question: “Are [such] entrepreneurs a special breed, born into this world with a drive and need to succeed […], or can they be created through education, experience and mentorship?” (Daley 2013, p. 65). Evidently, this deep-seated debate over whether successful entrepreneurship stems from nature or nurture has resulted in a division of sentiment.
One of which hails from the notion of Professor James V. Koch suggesting, entrepreneurs are born “with a specific set of genes and characteristics” (Vennare 2014). As Koch puts it, “some individuals are simply more naturally fitted to become entrepreneurs,” because “they are pre-wired” with an entrepreneur gene (Kihara 2014). However, this calls to question an opposing school of thought advocated by Professor Julian Lange with the opinion that entrepreneurs are made and can be taught. Lange’s assertion derives from the belief that individuals can discover their entrepreneurial passion in a class setting and have their enterprising skills and abilities enhanced through teaching and practice (Daley 2013).
As deviating as both sentiments are, however this dissertation’s verdict does not belong to either one or the other but instead is of the opinion that successful entrepreneurs are both born and made for the reason that individual and corporate success – by means of identity reinforcement, skill enhancement, venture opportunity and business continuity – are determined by one’s combination of part nature and part nurture (Assaraf n.d.). A fitting illustration to substantiate the said deduction would be that of America’s most recognized business magnate, Donald John Trump, Sr. and his success story (Said 2013).
When putting identity reinforcement into perspective as an outcome of nature and nurture, this written discourse gives credence to the idea that individuals would already inherit certain entrepreneurial traits and genetics. Education or experience seemingly warrants such individuals to become more susceptible to entrepreneurship and discover their ardent passion for the field more profoundly. For the young Trump, stemming from an entrepreneurial family history had already relinquished him with a similar passion and flair even at a tender age. "I've grown up in it […] it's like any kid when you walk around a construction site at two years old and you play with trucks you really get a feel for it. You really get a love for it and it becomes a passion of yours,” Trump discloses on how construction and real estate first piqued his interest (Nelson 2004). Even his father appraises him as being a carbon copy of himself, disclosing that “Don is a...