So I asked Virgin founder Richard Branson and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to spill a few beans. Entrepreneurs: are they born or made? RB: I believe that we are all born entrepreneurs, then some people forget how to be entrepreneurial as they grow up. Rather than making entrepreneurs, good mentors can help nurture the entrepreneurial skills that are often lying dormant beneath the surface. TH: Made. It just takes 10,000 hours of practice. Biggest test of your leadership skills? RB: The biggest tests of my leadership came when I had to choose between selling our record company and saving our airline.
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