Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur


In a column posted on LinkedIn this week, author and Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs explained why a little bit of self-delusion — balanced by a firm grip on reality — is essential to entrepreneurs’ success. “I don’t mean damaging self-delusion (and certainly, too much can lead to disaster),” he wrote. “I’m talking about constructive, healthy self-delusion, which is absolutely crucial to building a business.”

JOM_v38_72ppiRGB_150pixWHaving explored the potential pros and cons of narcissism in entrepreneurs last week, we’re digging deeper into the Journal of Management Editor’s Choice collection on entrepreneurship to take a closer look into the psyche of the entrepreneur. These papers — and the entire collection — are free to access through August 10:

Why Entrepreneurs Often Experience Low, Not High, Levels of Stress: The Joint Effects of Selection and Psychological Capital, Journal of Management 2013

Pathways of Passion: Identity Centrality, Passion, and Behavior Among Entrepreneurs, Journal of Management 2012

The Relationship of Personality to Entrepreneurial Intentions and Performance: A Meta-Analytic Review, Journal of Management 2010

Read more on this and other topics in the Journal of Management Editor’s Choice collections.

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