You have to be born an entrepreneur!
This news appeared on La Stampa newspaper a while ago and the story may even have been discussed on the news on TV. I took notice because I’m interested in the subject of entrepreneurship.
A high-school student made some sandwiches and sold them to his classmates.
One take on this is: he’s a born entrepreneur who knows how to find business opportunities, a kid with an innate entrepreneurial talent, a young Italian who’s doing what he has to do to get by … and so on and so forth with a more or less positive slant on the matter.
Another perspective is more institutional: he was suspended by the headmaster and fined by the police. He didn’t respect the law, or rather the laws (there’s bound to be more than one).
I’d like to highlight the positive side of the story. The desire to actively do something, put oneself to the test, support oneself and make it.
This is the kind of spirit we need and should try to encourage. In a country where many people want to get away with doing as little as possible, you can’t give something you don’t have. So we should applaud someone who pulls their sleeves up.