This month we focus on entrepreneurial burnout and the importance of teaching entrepreneurial skills. We also meet Rob Goldblatt and Dane Herman, our latest square pegs.
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Taking back your life from the clutches of entrepreneurial burnout

It is well known that few people in the world of work carry so much weight as entrepreneurs. Not only are they ultimately responsible for every single aspect of the business, from finances to quality control, but they must put food on the table for several families by making sure that there is enough money in the bank every month to pay salaries.

Getting it right can be enormously satisfying, but when it goes wrong it can lead to the nightmare of entrepreneurial burnout, a condition so awfully debilitating that the sufferer is often not able to recognise it when it strikes.


Entrepreneurs may be born,
but can be taught how to thrive

Like so many entrepreneurship experts all over the world, Business Partners regional general manager Byron Jeacocks is unsure to what extent entrepreneurship can be taught, but he is clear about one absolute certainty – South Africa has to get better at it if we are to develop beyond our pressing economic and social problems.

“There is no research that says 'this is the entrepreneurship gene',” says Jeacocks. Entrepreneurial prowess is a complex combination of a wide-ranging set of talents and skills, and with each of them, one can see an inherited talent at work, as well as a taught component.

December 2014 / Vol.5.10


Are you a
square peg?

This quiz is not scientific but serves to highlight some of the key attributes of entrepreneurs or “square pegs”, as we at Business Partners affectionately call them. The quiz should give you some idea on whether you “possess” entrepreneurial qualities, or not. However, please remember that a positive outcome/score is not a recipe for success.

Take the quiz

Entrepreneur proves potential of SA manufacturing by fulfilling his dream

Some entrepreneurs start early and never work for anyone else, while others take a lifetime to emerge from the strictures of employment to become employers themselves, such as Rob Goldblatt of Runrite Electronics in Durban.

He spent many years in a colourful, eclectic career working for others, picking up skills and connections that were useful in building up an equally varied business in Durban which today manufactures and imports anti-static bags, battery chargers, an array of electronic equipment, instrumentation and chemicals for the electronics industry.


Business thrives through innate talent as well as training

Dane Herman, owner of the Riverport Training Academy in East London, is a born entrepreneur. From an early age he knew he was going to run his own business, but the 48-year-old pioneering business owner from East London is also a prime example of how entrepreneurship thrives through nurturing as well as innate talent.

The first form of entrepreneurial nurturing that Herman got was from his uncle. Raised by his single mother, Herman's father figure was her brother, a farmer in Balfour in the Eastern Cape. His uncle was a formidable entrepreneur who...

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