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Part I: The Nature of Entrepreneurship a... > Do You Have What It Takes?

Chapter 2. Do You Have What It Takes?

“Real opportunities lie within a person, not outside. What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters cornered to what lies within you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As shown below, entrepreneurs have backgrounds as varied as the nature of their ventures. Many start their businesses as youngsters in their twenties, while others wait until retirement from a career. Formal education seems to be a “plus,” but is not absolutely essential. Most entrepreneurs in the past have been male, but females are making substantial inroads in small business ownership.


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