Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? There are certain key traits that most, if not all successful entrepreneurs have in common. The good thing is, you don’t have to be born with them. You can develop these traits.
So, if after you read this list, you find you are lacking in one, two or a few of the areas, it’s OK. Now you know what you have to work on.
And if you have been trying to start your own business but it hasn’t been going well, look through the list to see what you’re lacking.
OK, here we go- these are the ten most common traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common:
Entrepreneurs are focused on making their businesses work. They eliminate things in their lives that are a distraction to getting to their goals. They are planners. They create strategies and implement tactics to progress their business. Successful entrepreneurs are disciplined enough to take steps every day toward the achievement of their goals.
Entrepreneur does not ask questions about whether they can succeed or whether they are worthy of success. They are confident with the knowledge that they will make their businesses succeed. They exude that confidence in everything they do.
Even if they are not sure, they tell themselves over and over again that they will succeed. They focus on winning, not worry.
3. Open Minded
Entrepreneurs realize that every event and situation is a business opportunity. They are constantly generating ideas about workflows and efficiency, people skills and potential new businesses. They have the ability to look at everything around them and focus it toward their goals.
They are innovative in spirit, knowing that every experience they encounter has opportunity to spark creative innovation for their business. Knowing this, they get out, seeking knowledge and networking opportunities regularly.
4. Self Starter
Entrepreneurs know that if something needs to get done, they should start it themselves. The live by the motto, “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.” And, once they get it started, they delegate.
Entrepreneurs do not wait for permission or for the “time to be right.” They get out of bed thinking about what needs to get done and they start doing it.
Entrepreneurs do not like to lose and they look to find a way to win in almost everything they do. They do not cheat or lie but they don’t like to lose. It hurts, and sometimes, for a short time it immobilizes them. They want to be better than the next person, and will take the necessary steps to get there.
Entrepreneurs have the fire in the belly to be the best at what they do.
One facet of creativity is being able to make connections between seemingly unrelated events or situations. Entrepreneurs spend time thinking with an open mind about “what if.”
They are dreamers, at times, lost in the clouds but when they come back to earth, they are usually brining with them ideas that are solutions for company challenges, new products, new markets, etc.
When knocked down, entrepreneurs get back up. They look at defeat as an opportunity for success. They are determined to make all of their actions successful, so try and try again until they are.
When an idea is sound and a market available, the entrepreneur does not give up until he has succeeded.
As Ben Affleck said when accepting his Oscar for Best Producer, “It’s not how low you’ve been knocked down. It only matters that you get back up.” Miki Agrawal
8. Sales Skills
The effective entrepreneur trains himself to be good at selling. Some people are born with innate sales skills. Most individuals are not, and have to work on improving them. Successful entrepreneurs continuously learn the art of selling, for they are the number one seller of their product or service.
9. Strong work ethic
The successful entrepreneur will often be the first person to arrive at the office and the last one to leave. They will come in on their days off to make sure that an outcome meets their expectations. Their mind is constantly on their work, whether they are in or out of the workplace.
This is because they are passionate about their product or service, so much so that work does not feel like work. Rather, it feels like the essence of a fulfilled life.
Entrepreneurs know that in order to compete in their marketplace, they need to be different. They don’t look at an idea and think, “I can create that too.” They think, “I can make that better and I can make that different.”