A commenter on this blog once remarked than an entrepreneur is anyone with an idea. I could not disagree more strongly. Everyone has ideas. Most of them are never acted on and end up as regrets … the things that coulda … shoulda … woulda … been done.
Entrepreneurs have ideas, to be sure, but what makes them unique is not the ideas themselves … but the character to act on them in the face of success and failure … family and societal pressures … an educational system designed to “kill” the entrepreneurial instinct … and more.
Drucker sums it up nicely:
“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
To add icing to the cake, one of my favorite proverbs:
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
16th century proverb