Are You an Entrepreneur?

Jan 25, 2019

DECA’s mission statement is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. So, what exactly does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

By definition, an entrepreneur is one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. Although your initial reaction may be, “No, I am not an entrepreneur,” I’d argue that you are probably more of one than you think!

Forbes lists the top five personality traits that are important for entrepreneurs to possess. These traits are showcased in various forms by our 228,000+ members across the globe!

1. Passion

Members display passion through their commitment to study and prepare for competition, earning their chance to become an ICDC finalist.

2. Resilience

Members show resilience while facing adversity and supporting one another as a DECA community.

3. Strong Sense of Self

Members across the globe show confidence and a great sense of self by using their DECA presentation skills to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

4. Flexibility

Through DECA, members learn the importance of flexibility and critical thinking. These 21st century skills are gained through competition, then used to prepare members for college and their careers.

5. Vision

Whether it’s planning a service project, hosting a fundraiser or winning DECA glass, members set a vision of what success is and consistently work toward reaching it.

In the words of Harriet Tubman, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.” Although by definition you may not yet be considered an entrepreneur, through your passion in DECA, you are gaining the traits necessary to be one soon!


No items found.

Discussion Questions

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Classroom Connection

Career CLuster:


Instructional Area(s):


Performance Indicators:

No items found.