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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About Cynthia Nalevanko, Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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