Note: While this post says it is about India/Asia, it might still be of importance to you. And if it does, I'd appreciate learning how it helped you or what is your take on this!
There is a gaping difference in percentages of Entrepreneurs when comparing India/Asia with America. There is one unsaid or unspoken reason to this -- family and society. No matter what you age is, you got to respect your elders, the society you live in, your superiors at workplace. While there is so much goodness to this specific trait in culture, with the passage of time this culture has become so shallow that its true essence is lost and is now more superficial and fragile, so much so that this is often confused with the notion that "dissent is disrespect".
Let me help you to see if you are part of this culture. Answer the following questions to the best of your honesty :)
- When was the last time you said NO with all due respect, to your parents out of disagreement?
- When was the last time you said NO to your office meeting because of higher priority personal thing that you had to pay attention to.
- When was the last time you said NO to your supervisor at work because you disagreed with him and engaged in meaningful conversation.
- And oh yeah, did you ever disagree with your teacher in school, or college?
There is science/logic, and there is a ton of art involved to making people listen to you before you can think of convincing them. And as with any art you are born with it if you are gifted, otherwise you have to acquire it with tons of practice.