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Part I: The Nature of Entrepreneurship a... > What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur...

Chapter 3. What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur?

More reliable predictors of successful entrepreneurs involve the assessment of each individual’s aptitudes and level of motivation. Many schools and some government agencies provide testing services to help prospective entrepreneurs to diagnose their strengths and weaknesses. One such program is called GATE— General Aptitude Tests Battery.

If you can be objective, a self-assessment of your entrepreneurial potential may be a viable alternative to formal tests such as GATB. Robert Schaefer in his manual Starting and Managing a Small Service Business [*] recommends that a self-assessment should begin with your honest answer to the following question:

[*] Source: Starting and Managing a Small Service Business, Robert A.Schaefer, Washington D.C.: U.S. Small Business Administration, 1986, page 8.


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