Entrepreneurialism Is It In The Genes?

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be my own boss. At first I wanted to be a dentist as I could see the sideline of extracting teeth and putting them under my pillow for the tooth fairy.

When I was 10 (ish) I organised a magic show in my parents garage, got an older friend to be the magician (first bit of out sourcing there), I’d hide behind the table and be a hand puppet spider. I remember it being a hot day and we started selling plastic cups of juice, then I started selling cups of water. My mother went mad, telling me you cannot sell water and I had to give all the money back.

I’m not sure what caused my entrepreneurial bug. My brother has studied our family tree, there’s a few ancestors that sounded like entrepreneurs but not many (my most famous ancestor’s claim to fame (Wikipedia page) was being eaten by cannibals).

I can see children of entrepreneurs being influenced by example (Clarke’s kids are a great example of this) and following that path but what else drives it.

So my questions to you. What’s your earliest entrepreneurial memory and what do you think led you down this path?

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About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.

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