I want to be an entrepreneur, what should I study at university?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Daniel Harris



I want to be an entrepreneur, what should I study at university?

There is nothing you can study in college or anywhere else that helps you become, or become, an entrepreneur. Either you are one or you are not.

So are you? Maybe. Let me channel Jeff Foxworthy, here ...

  • If you find that you naturally see creative ways to solve problems that involve human needs or wants, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you are willing to take a personal financial risk to try out a business idea, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you have a high tolerance for failure and view failures as stepping stones to success, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you have a great tolerance
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There is nothing you can study in college or anywhere else that helps you become, or become, an entrepreneur. Either you are one or you are not.

So are you? Maybe. Let me channel Jeff Foxworthy, here ...

  • If you find that you naturally see creative ways to solve problems that involve human needs or wants, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you are willing to take a personal financial risk to try out a business idea, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you have a high tolerance for failure and view failures as stepping stones to success, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you have a high tolerance for rejection and see the word "No" as actually "not yet," then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you are often elected or appointed to leadership positions in school clubs, sports, or activities, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you are passionate and enthusiastic about any project you undertake, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you like being around new people or in new places, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you tend to work towards a goal no matter how long it takes and no matter how much effort it takes, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you tend to lead by example rather than ordering people around, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you trade sports cards or buy and sell multiple items, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you prefer to do something rather than see something, then you could be an entrepreneur.
  • If you have the ability to understand what people really mean, as opposed to what they say, then you could be an entrepreneur.

I'm sure others can add to the list, and I hope they will. But as you can see, being an entrepreneur has much more to do with your nature than what you can learn in any school.

But you still need to go to school, because there you can learn how to hone your skills and talents to meet your specific vocational interests. And because selling is so essential to entrepreneurship, you'll want to learn courses that explain why people behave the way they do. Otherwise, if you want to open an auto repair business, learn to be a mechanic; If you want to start a law firm, learn how to be a lawyer.

Good luck!

First of all, you don't have to go to college to be an entrepreneur. What you need to be able to do is relate to people and identify their needs.

By needs I do not mean what people say they want, but to observe what they do and ask them why they do it.

For example, no one said they needed an iPhone. They were very happy to bring 3-4 separate items. Only when Apple showed people that they could have a device to replace their phone, MP3 player, camera, and laptop, did people realize they "needed" one.

Find out how to solve people's problems, whether they know they have them or not.

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First of all, you don't have to go to college to be an entrepreneur. What you need to be able to do is relate to people and identify their needs.

By needs I do not mean what people say they want, but to observe what they do and ask them why they do it.

For example, no one said they needed an iPhone. They were very happy to bring 3-4 separate items. Only when Apple showed people that they could have a device to replace their phone, MP3 player, camera, and laptop, did people realize they "needed" one.

Find out how to solve people's problems, whether they know they have them or not.

What I suggest you do is go see entrepreneurs in your area and ask if you can help do things for them for a day.

Be attentive to how things work; the types of customers that come in, how they pay, how they record the transaction, how they order things, pay suppliers, etc. and you will learn much more than any college degree.

I also suggest that you keep a notebook with you at all times and write down each time you have a potential business idea. Then later, think about everything you would need to do to make this happen.

You don't really have to, just until you feel comfortable and know what to do and the risks involved.

Don't take this as if you shouldn't go to college, you just don't need it to be an entrepreneur. There are many good reasons to go, including life experience and others not to include debt.

Like you, I considered doing a degree in computer science, but then I realized that I don't need computer science to start a business, no, I could hire people with those skills. You can too.

However, if you were to invest the cost of your degree in a business, the lessons you learned would be unrivaled.

Thank you for asking for an answer to your question: "I want to be an entrepreneur, what should I study at university?" I believe that true entrepreneurs don't need a college degree to motivate themselves to do something better. As new ideas become more difficult to discover or develop, then specific technical skills may be required.

If you thought of all the entrepreneurs you had met, many of them had a general degree with no particular specialization. What they used to study was what people do. They didn't study people just by reading a book, they studied people face to face. That's why there are so many

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Thank you for asking for an answer to your question: "I want to be an entrepreneur, what should I study at university?" I believe that true entrepreneurs don't need a college degree to motivate themselves to do something better. As new ideas become more difficult to discover or develop, then specific technical skills may be required.

If you thought of all the entrepreneurs you had met, many of them had a general degree with no particular specialization. What they used to study was what people do. They didn't study people just by reading a book, they studied people face to face. That is why there are so many entrepreneurs who dropped out of college or graduate school because they were much more interested in the idea than learning how to develop an idea.

Now that the “easy” ideas have been developed, new ideas can emerge by fully understanding the technical aspects of the field of interest, be it engineering or life sciences.

I still don't believe that a computer science degree or an MBA or even a PhD will guarantee you how to become an entrepreneur. The additional "secret sauce" to be successful. You can focus on learning to take risks.

Best of luck in your career Forgive my punctuation or spelling mistakes when using speech-to-text software. What I write here is not medical, legal or financial advice.

I follow something with passion but if I could go back to university I will do at least one semester in SOCIOLOGY. If you know how to work with people and understand the fundamentals of how people react and behave in situations, your entrepreneurial efforts will take shape faster. The bottom line is that if you can't work with and understand people, your business will take much longer to grow. Entrepreneurs do well and much better if they have a strong support system (people) around them and you will grow more sustainably, which is key to an entrepreneur's long-term survival.

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I follow something with passion but if I could go back to university I will do at least one semester in SOCIOLOGY. If you know how to work with people and understand the fundamentals of how people react and behave in situations, your entrepreneurial efforts will take shape faster. The bottom line is that if you can't work with and understand people, your business will take much longer to grow. Entrepreneurs do well and much better if they have a strong support system (people) around them and you will grow more sustainably, which is key to an entrepreneur's long-term survival.

Elon musks of the world has the vision and capacity of one in a billion and you tend not to think too much about the people around you, but for the rest we need people around us to help shape and plan the corporate world for you. You will only be as successful as your team. It doesn't help you study engineering, you have a great idea but nobody wants to work with you or follow you.

Read and study people and how they behave, if sociology is not something for you, never stop reading about people and what motivates them and use it according to your business vision.

(You probably already did, but do it again) You should definitely watch Steve Jobs Stanford Speech, especially the 'connecting the dots' story.

Entrepreneurship is not something that can be planned or built. It's about passion for delivering amazing things. So you need to find out what your passion is and then choose your field of study accordingly. But don't expect it to be related to your entrepreneurial career, entrepreneurship is about a state of mind. After that, if you find a startup that works at least part-time (consider position or money), travel a lot, read a lot, and experience a lot of different things.

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(You probably already did, but do it again) You should definitely watch Steve Jobs Stanford Speech, especially the 'connecting the dots' story.

Entrepreneurship is not something that can be planned or built. It's about passion for delivering amazing things. So you need to find out what your passion is and then choose your field of study accordingly. But don't expect it to be related to your entrepreneurial career, entrepreneurship is about a state of mind. After that, if you find a startup that works at least part-time (consider position or money), travel a lot, read a lot, and experience a lot of different things.

Those are fundamental elements that I can think of, good to start with.

Nothing you study will prepare you for entrepreneurship. It is not what schools teach. For example, you can't expect to learn in driving school what it takes to run a transportation logistics company. There is almost no relationship.

It is not what you study. It's what you want to teach yourself. School is a season in your life, not an effort.

The university only teaches certain things. In fact, college only teaches you how to get out of it. You need to learn things that are never taught in college.

Jobs basically skipped college. Wozniak and Gates dropped out of school. Elon Musk attended Stanford graduation

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Nothing you study will prepare you for entrepreneurship. It is not what schools teach. For example, you can't expect to learn in driving school what it takes to run a transportation logistics company. There is almost no relationship.

It is not what you study. It's what you want to teach yourself. School is a season in your life, not an effort.

The university only teaches certain things. In fact, college only teaches you how to get out of it. You need to learn things that are never taught in college.

Jobs basically skipped college. Wozniak and Gates dropped out of school. Elon Musk attended Stanford Physics Grad School for 2 days.

Here are three things you need to learn:

  1. a building skill
  2. skill and acumen for business
  3. how to find where your customers shop

These are the three things. Your teachers won't teach you, because they don't know you and they don't know things for themselves.

The most helpful way I prepared myself for entrepreneurship in college was by creating independent studios. These are "for credit" offers allowed by most colleges. You choose a topic, design the research / assignment / objective, and have a professor act as your advisor. Generally speaking, to be approved, you need to align at least a little bit with existing courses. But it really is up to you to design what is involved and how it is done.

This helps prepare for entrepreneurship because it gives you experience:

  • starting from a blank slate
  • define a problem you want to solve / investigate
  • translating your
Keep reading

The most helpful way I prepared myself for entrepreneurship in college was by creating independent studios. These are "for credit" offers allowed by most colleges. You choose a topic, design the research / assignment / objective, and have a professor act as your advisor. Generally speaking, to be approved, you need to align at least a little bit with existing courses. But it really is up to you to design what is involved and how it is done.

This helps prepare for entrepreneurship because it gives you experience:

  • starting from a blank slate
  • define a problem you want to solve / investigate
  • translate your vision into something that others care about
  • self motivator to complete work
  • cold calling / contacting experts to get the information you need
  • focus your time on the things that bring you closer to your ultimate goal

While other courses may be more relevant in terms of the type of work your company will do, this type of activity prepares you for the process of working without a map.

For more details on how to design one, see Creative Ways for College Students to Find Work: Independent Study (Disclaimer: I wrote it)

You should try to study business or business administration with an entrepreneurial focus is available. All in all, if you want to be an entrepreneur, you don't necessarily need a university to do it. What you need is

  1. Well developed network
  2. Knowledge (read the right books)
  3. Right action (the ability to act without fear of being wrong)

Anything. Being an entrepreneur does not require certification.

You will also be more successful if you do what you love to do.

It's easier to learn the things of business, sales, and management than to innovate and take risks in an existing field.

To innovate and take risks, you need to be a true expert in something that requires passion.

Actually, it depends on what you want to study and the space you are looking for your entrepreneurship, rather I discovered that everything matters when you leave university, before that, it is your sowing stage.

I will take a job and develop my communication and analytical skills. Develop an executed business plan and open a business from scratch. Then choose a college degree that you are passionate about doing and that fits into your life.

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