Entrepreneurship is trendy, sexy and every other synonym. But is it really for everyone? I reached out to three of my favorites in the field for guidance on what makes the skill set required unique, and what it takes to become a true Scandinavian entrepreneur.

  • Adam Sommer has 17-20 employees working for him selling fruits at prime Copenhagen locations in the summer time and Christmas treats in the winter time. I was captivated by his spirit at an African-Dane networking event and for instance found it fascinating that he works diligently for 6 months and takes 6 months off.

The mindset of a Scandinavian entrepreneur

  1. “It’s not for everyone, being an entrepreneur, having your own business. Many people want to do it because they are in love with the concept, but not everybody can sit in it if you don’t put the work in it.
  2. If you don’t have the right skill-set like being disciplined, networking with the different people your communication skills, doing your business plan and being flexible around it, it’s extremely hard, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s for everybody because it’s extremely hard. I’m still trying to learn, to be better because it takes more than just optimism. You don’t have any security if it doesn’t go well.”

Adam Sommer

  • Savannah Peterson is a Forbes 30-under-30 entrepreneur who I connected with at Copenhagen Business School’s Entrepreneurial Day a couple of years ago. The chief Unicorn at her own business, Savvy Millennial, has great perspective on what it takes to make it.

Where you will learn how to be an entrepreneur

  1. “I don’t think one can learn entrepreneurship in the classroom. They can learn about business plans and build models that scale. But entrepreneurship is more. It’s about learning to cope with the unpredictable. It’s about leveraging challenge to leapfrog and innovate.
  2. It’s about grit, mental health and keeping a sense of humor amidst it all. There’s a lot to the skill of entrepreneurship that is core to one’s character. That is a skill set best learned through trial and error in the field”.

Savannah Peterson

  • I met Riad, while working at Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, he has an infectious personality, and insatiable desire to help others. The best part is he is surely hurting politician Rasmus Paludan’s feelings by working tirelessly to integrate good, hard working migrants in Copenhagen.

Freedom of choice

  1. “Entrepreneurship – is crazy. For me personally what happened is it gave me the freedom of doing something so important to me – something that needs to be done – so if it was a job I probably wouldn’t have that freedom. When you are an entrepreneur there’s no limitation of how much or what you are going to do. Entrepreneurship in one word is freedom – to do want you want to, what you are good at, what you love. That’s entrepreneurship to me. But a lot of hard work.
  2. You’re not sad you have to work all these hours. It doesn’t bother you because you are doing it willingly, no one is pushing you. When you choose to do it, it’s fun.”

Riad Arefin

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