That’s the opinion of Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur and Stanford consulting associate professor. In this short video he explains why:
Do you have that calling? Are you passionate about your idea? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and make notes? Is it the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? Are you convincing your family that this is what you need to dedicate your life to? If not, Steve Blank’s advice to you is, “don’t even think about doing it because chances of succeeding with a start up are extremely low if you are not driven by passion”.
Entrepreneurship is not a career or salary driven
Entrepreneurial activity is not a job. Entrepreneurs should actually be compared to artists. According to Steve Blank it is a mistake to teach entrepreneurship in ways similar to a business school or engineering curriculum. The curriculum that best fit entrepreneurship is what you find at art school.
Artists are experimental and passion driven
As an entrepreneur you are looking at a blank canvas. And it’s not a question of just painting a coat or two, you have to succeed with producing a masterpiece.
The first person who told me that entrepreneurs are artists was my father. Like Steve Blank, he was a serial entrepreneur and said it to a group of artistic friends of mine when we were having a discussion. Didn’t pay much attention to what he said back then, but actually thought about what he said later in life and realised it was spot on. How can you succeed with any business venture if you are not artistic and creative? And now I’m pleased to note that ,decades later the same opinion is voiced by Steve Blank of Stanford University.
Do you agree that entrepreneurs are artists? Is entrepreneurship like having a white canvas in front of you and producing a masterpiece? Do you have to be completely passionate about what you are doing in order to succeed as an entrepreneur? Do you believe a start-up is a calling? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have ideas for your company? Is it the first thing you think about in the morning? Do you forget everything else when you work on your start-up? Or do you believe someone who handles entrepreneurial activity like a 9-4 job can succeed?
Video: Stanfordbusiness -Picture: Mirjana Veljovic