Can You Teach Entrepreneurship?

So, after starting this blog I hooked it up to Google Analytics. It took a while to kick in, but yesterday I was able to finally view what data Big Brother Google had collected so far about this blog. The most interesting piece of data that stood out to me (the only graph I could actually understand) was in the query section.

The most commonly asked question that leads to my blog is: Can You Teach Entrepreneurship?

It makes sense, I’ve written a little on self-educating and one of the tags I use is entrepreneurship, like every other mildly business orientated blog in the world.

I’m extremely thankful to have grown up in an environment where an entrepreneurial mindset was always present. I’ve come from a long line of hustlers. Possibly some actual hustlers on my mother's side...But that still counts right?

I never thought that the entrepreneurial mindset was something that could be taught. You just had it or you didn’t. To be honest, I didn’t give it much thought.

But now I realize I was surrounded by people who were always working hard my whole life. And although they weren't shoving me behind a desk and giving me a workbook on things like, How To Generate A Passive Income, they were teaching me in the only way I think you really can teach entrepreneurship. By example.

My granddad was a Canadian immigrant who came to New Zealand without any of his extensive family. He employed himself as a door to door salesman selling brooms and vacuum cleaners to provide for his wife and two kids. The youngest of which was my Mum.

My Mum has had a long string of projects that she quietly started without much recognition from us. Then suddenly, a couple of months down the track with very little fuss from her we have all realized that her project is actually very successful.

She has never flaunted her success and will dismiss any suggestions she’s a creative genius with a wave of her hand as she happily makes dinner and does ridiculous amounts of washing.

Her latest project was a Kombucha making business. She got the idea from a children's book she was reading to my little brother. Googling what Kombucha was because she didn’t know she decided to give it a go. A couple of weeks later at a friends house, we tasted the first batch of SmithBros Kombucha . It was awful. Very lemony and bitter enough to make you screw your face up.

She stuck with it. Making batch after batch of Kombucha and batch after batch she refined the recipe until now, almost a year and a half later. It’s the best Kombutcha I’ve ever tasted. People from all around town order it by the bottles and even someone from a different island requested her Kombutcha making kit.

So maybe entrepreneurship can be formally taught. Or maybe it can’t. I still don’t know. But I do know that the best way to learn entrepreneurship is by example. So if you want to get into that mindset surround yourself with people who are making and creating and designing everyday.