As a writer at The Idea Village in New Orleans, I’ve interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs, ranging from new founders of fledgling companies to seasoned leaders who have launched several successful businesses.
On occasion, I walk out of an interview believing that entrepreneur will change the world. Other times, not so much.
Somewhere between “Shark Tank” and the myriad Silicon Valley success stories, the idea of entrepreneurship has become glamorous — even sexy. But ask anyone who has worked in the trenches of the startup world, and they will quickly wave away that notion. The stark reality is that being an entrepreneur is arduous and daunting. Yet for those who are willing to take the path less traveled and commit their lives to one idea, or several ideas, it can be extremely rewarding.
So what is the stuff that successful entrepreneurs are made of? How do you define that certain je ne sais quoi that enables an entrepreneur to convince skeptics their idea is the next big thing? Moreover, what allows those entrepreneurs to take their idea and turn it into a profitable company?
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