Amid this crisis, we need to make sure that entrepreneurship is open to all—making a commitment to promoting diversity and putting in place education and funding mechanisms to make sure that people of every age, economic or cultural background have a chance to go out, take a risk, and build something new.
Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal journey, and it remains difficult because it is so personal. This unpleasant truth is often overlooked by Silicon Valley’s startup myth-making, which romanticizes entrepreneurship and glorifies risk-taking with macho slogans about embracing failure, but rarely, if ever, acknowledges the actual human cost of that. This is the difficult truth about what it means to be an entrepreneur and the real reason, beyond economics, why so few people (one in ten Americans) decide to become one, despite all the glamour associated with it.
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