5 Winning Traits To Be A Successful Entrepreneur
Countless biographies have been written about successful businesspeople. There are even movies on Netflix and motivational videos littered all over YouTube, describing how people went from nothing to something.
These stories of success are interesting and entertaining…but only AFTER they succeeded.
Most successful people will tell you that there was lots of struggle, pain, heartache and self-doubt during the journey. There was no rousing Hollywood soundtrack in the background either.
More often than not, it was a grim, dreary climb to the top – but they did it anyway. The qualities displayed by winners are the best of humanity.
We all want to be like them, and believe they were born with it.
In reality, most had a few common traits that kept them going. We all have them. It’s a part of us. The only question that remains – “Will you tap into these qualities and harness them for your own success?”
Successful people are passionate about what they do. They love their work even when it aggravates them. The promise of success makes the challenge worthwhile.
Passion is what made Thomas Edison keep going even after 10,000 failures while inventing the light bulb.
Passion is what made Michael Jordan win 6 NBA championships when he could have just rested on his laurels after the 3rd one.
You must have passion.
2. Be logical
Most successful entrepreneurs take calculated risks but they approach it in a logical manner. They’re not looking for ‘get rich quick’ schemes or overnight riches.
A winning trait of an entrepreneur is you’ll need to think logically and not let your emotions get the better of you. Running a business is usually accompanied by emotional highs and lows.
Despite that, you’ll need to keep a level head.
3. Focused and determined
To succeed at anything in life, you’ll need to be highly focused. Don’t try to do everything. That’s a sure-fire recipe for failure.
- KFC sells chicken. It doesn’t go into the toothpaste business. It’s focused.
- Steve Harvey does comedy. He doesn’t try to be an action hero. He leaves that to Stallone.
- John Grisham writes books. He doesn’t try to be a runner like Usain Bolt.
All of them stay focused on one thing and they succeed at it. Specialization is crucial to success and profit.
Determination is a prerequisite for success in life because when the going gets tough, you’ll need the grit and resolve to keep going.
You’ll also need determination and self-discipline to do what you need to even when you don’t feel like it.
Successful people have a very high level of self-discipline. They’ll willingly delay gratification in the moment for better rewards in future.
4. Charismatic, bold and courageous
Successful people (even if they’re introverts) will willingly put themselves in the spotlight to further their goals. They’ll network with other successful people and form mutually beneficial relationships.
No man is an island. You need other people to help you take your business to the next level. Remember the African proverb – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Success will be accelerated when you let yourself go with the flow, be charismatic, courageous and share your goals with others and let them help you.
5. Dare to be different
The best businesspeople are creative, innovative and willing to be different. In fact, to succeed in a noisy and crowded marketplace, it’s a necessity to keep innovating and branding yourself from new angles.
You don’t have time to get comfortable. The world moves at breakneck speed these days. So if you wish to be successful, you must constantly reinvent yourself like the singer, Madonna.
It’s no wonder she stayed relevant for decades.
Now that you’re aware of what successful people do and how they act, you’ll realize that they really aren’t that different from you and me.
You just need to be willing to emulate them, step outside your comfort zone and act in a way that’s in alignment with your goals.
“The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” John D. Rockefeller