I have done a significant amount of research regarding the traits of entrepreneurs for my book. Over the past several decades the academic researchers have determined that successful entrepreneurs shares certain behavior traits. These traits are discussed in my book.
What is amazing to me is that these researchers have determined the shared traits but don’t seem to answer the most basic of all questions regarding entrepreneurship: Why become an entrepreneur. After all, if the stakes are so high regarding the financial risks, time spent, and impact on one’s self-esteem, you would think that this would be the fundamental question to answer.
In fact, I attended a launch of a new book on entrepreneurship and I asked the authors the same question. Their answer was startling. They said that they did not have the answer, but most likely the answer is that entrepreneurs do not fit into the corporate world and that is why they go off on their own. Shocking answer!
What my research indicates is a very different reason and one that most people would wish they had if they knew the real reason.