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I recently watched a “local pitch competition” in which three young CEOs presented their companies to a committee of investors. The inspiring narrative they shared is revealed in a passion for innovation, tenacity and resilience, requiring a rare courage that turns dreams and ideas into reality.
We all have brilliant ideas, but very few of us have the entrepreneurship to turn them into material success. As I watched these innovative youngsters present their products and services, the argument of nature versus care crossed my mind.
Is this how entrepreneurs are born or is it the result of upbringing? Most of us would solve the question by concluding that it is a complex mix of both. There are certainly personality traits that play a role. Most entrepreneurs are extroverts and good salespeople.
I could never sell anything; I don’t have this gene. That was my apology for my failure as an Avon representative. I always stopped giving away products and two months after the gig it was clear that selling was not my thing.
Entrepreneurs have an uncanny ability to bring an idea to life through hard work, skillful relationship building, and discipline. In a world where the promise of technology seems to know no bounds, it is insightful to read about social media and e-commerce moguls generating unimaginable wealth.
One has to think about how young entrepreneurs interpret the narrative of 21st century business success. Although I am fortunate enough to work for a company that was founded by a young entrepreneur more than four decades ago, the positive example of success he created in a company where workers feel comfortable and valued always gives still a good name for the American ideal of the company.
Cynthia Hernandez is a New York native and human resources specialist who currently resides in Camillus.