The Art AND Science of Starting a Business

Is entrepreneurship an art or a science?  Are entrepreneurs made or born?  Why do we allow these discussions to become an either/or?

There is nothing black and white about starting a business and there is nothing easy about starting a business.  When faced with this list of 9 important things start-ups should remember, Rob Parisi (who just joined our Business Incubator Program) replied, “Why does it feel like 99 elements when you are doing it?”

Starting a business is a mix of art & science, plus hard work & discernment.  It is finding the time and space to make intelligent decisions and it also involves a good deal of luck.

Starting a business is a terrific act of creation, and I think these quotes on creativity capture the essence of business start-ups very nicely:

From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art.  From ground level, it’s a to-do list ~ Ben Arment

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” ~ Albert Einstein

True intelligence operates silently.  Stillness is where true creativity and solutions to problems are found. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Sprinkle some fairy dust for good measure and add many entrepreneurs to the cauldron while mixing vigorously. ~ MAK