No one knows for sure who the world’s first entrepreneur was. It’s too bad because it would make a great story.
To find him or her, you’d have to go as far back as before the written word, before recorded history. Alas, the mystery pioneer shall remain unknown. But we do know that, while entrepreneurs have little choice but to evolve with the times to stay relevant, many of the key traits that make them the enterprising outliers they are have remained the same throughout the ages.
Ingenuity, passion, fearlessness, drive, commitment, grit. The best entrepreneurs of our time and the times before had these gainful characteristics in common and many more. Adaptability is perhaps the most crucial entrepreneurial trait of them all, enabling nimble entrepreneurs to keep up with ever-changing customer needs, market shifts and advances in technology.