A Nation Of Entrepreneurs
America is a nation of entrepreneurs, as a new Harris Interactive survey of over 2,000 adults reveals:
- 66% of American adults have considered starting a business.
- 55% see owning a business as the work they’d prefer to do late in life (vs. 42% for public service).
- 72% of those 55 and up say you’re never too old to start a business
- The main reason cited for started a business is doing what you love (31%), followed by being your own boss (22%), both of which significantly exceed making money (17%)
For hundreds of years, America has attracted entrepreneurs, and we need to keep doing so to succeed in today’s global economy. While there are a lot of strong economic reasons for coming to America to pursue your dreams, I think that one of the most important is the fact that entrepreneurship *is* the American dream, and is part of the collective psyche.
Far from the money-grubbing robber barons written of by their critics, Americans are following their passion and their desire for freedom and independence, and that’s something we should be proud of.
P.S. How would the poll results differ if you conducted them in France? Or China? Or India? Discuss.