As a small-business owner, I've become accustomed to encountering both points of view. But it made me wonder how I instill the latter mindset -- that you can make your own way in the world and don't necessarily need to rely on someone else to provide you with an income -- in my own children.
People love to argue about whether entrepreneurs are born or made, with many feeling that success in small business is somehow genetic. My husband has five siblings. An entrepreneur raised all six kids, yet only one became a small-business owner. I had no exposure to business growing up, yet here I am on my second venture. Rather than calling it genetics, I think it has more to do with children of entrepreneurs being the beneficiaries of an early education in business.