I'm going to go with born. Sure, you can read books on entrepreneurship, how to build a business, or any number of related topics, but if you don't "get it" in the first place, none of them will help.
Being an entrepreneur is like being gay; you can try to change over to the straight world, and maybe fake it for a time, but it never really works like it should.
How do you know where you fit? Ask a successful entrepreneur and he'll tell you the answer to that one.
You'll probably hear something like this... "Some people just aren't meant to work for others."
Like being gay, if you don't know if you're an entrepreneur by the time you're 12-years-old, you probably aren't.
Unfortunately, being this clear on things isn't so obvious to the "employees" of the world. Many are living in a fantasy world. And it works something like this...
There are a ton of people who say they want to start their own businesses. Little do they realize that those who are serious about making this happen are already doing it. If you're really an entrepreneur, it doesn't take a layoff after 20 years of working a corporate gig to convince you that starting your own business is the right thing to do. True entrepreneurs would never last 20 years.
In no way am I saying that one category of people is better than the other. It takes all types to make a successful business happen. For best results though, you must know where you best fit.
If you're meant to do you own thing, but are working for somebody else, quit now. You know you should. It will never work and you'll never see your full potential, so cut your losses and get on the path you're meant to follow.
And if you've got your own business and you're struggling, wondering if you should get a job, go ahead and do it. Stop forcing things. We need you!
If there is one good thing about the crazy economy right now, it's that we've got a great opportunity to see where we really fit in the business world. Take advantage of this.
Where do you fit? When did it become obvious to you?