Per this recent Forbes article, Americans are confident in their entrepreneurial ability, especially compared to other countries. The article states:
The 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, released last month by Babson College, shows that 43% of U.S. adults believed there are good opportunities for entrepreneurs in the U.S. in 2012 – up from 36% in 2011. The number is the highest since the study began in 1999. The study surveys 198,000 adults in 69 economies, providing a rare, comprehensive snapshot of entrepreneurial activity around the planet. Americans top the world in confidence about their entrepreneurial skills and their ability to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Now, 43% of people believing there are good opportunities may seem like a low number (is is less than half, after all), but consider the recent job market and economic woes our country has been facing!
I think this is a great sign of the overall professional landscape. Whether people are going into business for themselves out of necessity or because they see an opportunity, a large portion feel they can succeed. And it’s that kind of positive thinking and energy that can quickly become contagious.
How about you? Do you feel there are good opportunities for you as an entrepreneur – or others, for that matter? I want to hear your thoughts!