For the past several weeks, I’ve been searching and analyzing key things that make someone a entrepreneur. During my research I often found myself wondering if children can be entrepreneurs and not just adults. Are people born as entrepreneurs or do they develop into entrepreneurs from life lessons? In particular, I focused on Elon Musk’s life. I tried to identify whether Musk always showed traits of an entrepreneur or did he learn from life lessons.
First, I’m going to give you guys a little back ground information on Musk to set the scene of where he grew up. He was born in 1971 in Pretoria, South Africa and grew up with his brother and sister. At a very young age Musk knew that he had limited resources to pull from, but this never restricted his thinking. For instance, at the age of 10 Musk started to teach “himself” the skills of computer programming. This is extraordinary. Musk had limited opportunities but was still able to see the future. This relates to two things that we’ve learned in class so far. First, the idea of effectuation plays a role in how Musk taught himself computer programming. If you take steps in life to better your opportunities it will help you develop a sense of control. This goes for anything that you learn. By learning something new you gain a key tool that allows you to control more of your future, but it’s still unpredictable. Secondly, Musk also developed his “skill of creativity” at a very young age which allowed him to innovate. When Musk became familiar with computer programming it opened his mind to new ideas. It amplified his sense of creativity and opportunity. For instance, at the age of 12 Elon Musk developed and sold his first computer game called “Blastar”. This moment was the foundation to Musk’s success in life.
More importantly, I feel that it is hard to tell whether someone is born an entrepreneur or its something they learn. While Musk is a very intelligent individual I think it was his creative and curious spirit that allowed him to bloom. In this situation, I like to think of Musk as a flower seed. If I give the seed miracle grow and water, the seed will grow faster than just off of natural nutrients. If someone is given the tools of creativity and curiosity they will bloom quicker and faster in life. That’s just what Musk did. He developed those two working skills and made them apart of his everyday life.
All in all, being a success entrepreneur has nothing to do with what you have at that moment. It often has to do with what you make of that moment. Also, I feel that there is an opportunity in every moment in life. Having the tools of creativity and curiously allow you unravel and sculpt those opportunities. Ideas are made of opportunities and opportunities make new ideas. It’s a cycle that never ends.
Something that I like to do at the end of every post is to leave an idea for everyone.
1) Think back to a moment in life when you had a great opportunity but didn’t make it an idea. Why? What stopped you from developing that idea? Please comment your reaction and share.