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Can You Learn to Start a Business?

In a word, yes. But if you're at all serious about entrepreneurship, you'll learn there's much more to start-up than classrooms and homework.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Teachers go to college for four years to train for theirprofession. Doctors go to college, then medical school for anadditional four years. But there has never been such a tidy map tobecoming an entrepreneur. There is no one school, no one skill, noone way into entrepreneurship-just ask the millions ofbusiness owners out there. Some people start with no formaltraining, while others spend years in prestigious MBA programs. Butis a formal entrepreneurial education the inside track to businesssuccess? Can you learn to be an entrepreneur? Or are you better offjumping in feet-first and learning as you go? Or is it evenpossible to answer that question?

The consensus seems to be, yes, you can learn the art andscience of entrepreneurship. In fact, it would almost seemnecessary, as hardly anyone knows instinctively what to do from thestart. (Well, maybe there are a few know-it-alls outthere-but for the rest of us mere mortals, knowledge must begained.) But entrepreneurial learning doesn't only have to comefrom a schoolhouse.

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