The lessons business school won’t teach you, but being an entrepreneur will

A business school teaches you many critical skills: broader worldview, strategic thinking, better time management, self-discipline, problem-solving, amongst many others. It trains you to understand theories and models and how to apply them to real-life problems. But no matter how expansive your curriculum, it does not teach you much about entrepreneurial success. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it is better learned than taught. Perhaps this is why we have self-made billionaires who dropped out of college.

While we all learn our own lessons through our own experiences, here are 5 important lessons that no business school will teach you.

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Think Big For Your Small Business

Being ambitious is rewarding and challenging. When you start small, it’s difficult to imagine the path that leads to becoming the next Apple or Amazon. But you try. Being a small business owner isn’t easy. You get too caught up in the daily battles, budget sheets, and market research to take time out and think about the bigger picture. Peter Thiel’s must-read book Zero to One addresses this concept in detail.

Peter Thiel argues that to change the world and to shape the future, we need to think bigger. We need to go from nothing to something, from zero to one. This is where disruptive innovation happens. We need ideas that disrupt industries, create new possibilities and change behavior.

All this sounds motivating, but where do you start?

Because of their size, small businesses are primed for growth. They are not too big for bureaucracy but are big enough to experiment, break rules and innovate.

So, how do you do that? These five steps can help.

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