I just completed a first-of-its-kind online survey that tells entrepreneurs like me whether we were "born" or "bred."
The born vs. bred debate has been raging for years, with lots of so-called experts convinced it’s one or the other. But, until this particular survey came along, no one had ever thought to ask entrepreneurs themselves what they thought (note: in the interests of full disclosure, I must admit that the survey is being fielded by one of our clients, Northeastern University).
So, anyway, I took the survey and, no surprise, I found out I wasn’t a born entrepreneur (the young Repman never had a paper route or hawked lemonade on the corner). In fact, I had never had any entrepreneurial ambitions until I figured out who I was, what my strengths were and whether I enjoyed and respected working for others.
My entrepreneurial "eureka" moment came when I was working for one of the large agencies. After just 15 months of pure hell, I was convinced I could do PR at least as well as the big guys and, amazingly I was right (I think).
Anyway, if you’re an entrepreneur, or have aspirations of becoming one down the road, take the test and see what you think. If you do, maybe I’ll buy you a glass of lemonade.