The 7 Traits of an Exceptional & Successful Entrepreneur
By Robert Moment
Though some people seem to have the Midas touch and easily turn everything to gold,
most of us have to give our endeavors lots of time, effort and the sweat of our
brow before seeing things come to fruition. The simple truth is that the majority
of us are simply not born leaders, but become leaders by who we are and the actions
we take. Consequently, whether or not you’re an established entrepreneur or just
starting out on your journey, there are particular traits you’ll usually find operating
within the exceptional entrepreneur. In fact there are 7 particular traits you’ll
generally discover deeply embedded within the exceptional and successful businessperson.
The 7 Traits to Success
1) Successful Entrepreneurs Gain the Respect of their Peers
One of the first and most obvious characteristics you’ll see operating in an exceptional
entrepreneur is an equitable and unbiased disposition. Plain and simple the successful
entrepreneur recognizes that no one is above or below. With an attitude of respect
for others, the successful entrepreneur gains the respect from everyone they encounter.
Strategies, attitudes and methods filter down to each person and reflect on all
actions and activities. A successful entrepreneur gives everyone the space to be
great. No matter how effective or beneficial your expertise, becoming a successful
entrepreneur requires building up of your character muscles, traits and habits,
which correspondingly make your dreams a reality.
2) Successful Entrepreneurs Believe and Trust in Themselves
The savvy entrepreneur is good at trusting his or her own ideas and instincts. Starting
out as an entrepreneur requires persistence, determination and a high level of self-discipline.
Continuing as a successful entrepreneur requires even more persistence, determination
and self-discipline. The wise and successful entrepreneur knows this and works hard
at developing their level of confidence. If you have a strong code of ethics and
believe in yourself, then your ideas can work. Having the desire and passion are
the first steps on your journey; getting there requires believing in yourself.
3) Successful Entrepreneurs Follow a Plan
The successful entrepreneur follows a plan. Haphazard or trial and error have no
place for the triumphant entrepreneur, for no one gets to his or her destination
without a map or a guide to follow. That doesn’t mean you won’t go off course if
another road seems better, but it’s still more effective to have a plan in place.
Most successful entrepreneurs start out by writing a basic business plan that acts
as the impetus and guide for their endeavors. It doesn’t have to be fancy or lengthy
but it should include marketing strategies, goals, intentions, ideas and why you
can do better than your competition. A business plan should be reviewed and updated
periodically for each new idea stirs and inspires other ideas.
4) Successful Entrepreneurs Think Creatively
The successful entrepreneur is willing
to think outside of the proverbial box, which means using imagination, trying new
things and expanding on a vision. The savvy entrepreneur pays careful attention
as to whether a particular strategy is working. If after giving it his or her best
shot the entrepreneur realizes the particular strategy isn’t working, they know
there’s no point in continuing to invest energy, time and effort in the strategy.
They move on to another approach and idea.
5) Successful Entrepreneurs Explore Their Exceptional Skills
Successful entrepreneurs realize that we each have our strengths and weaknesses.
They don’t try to be and do everything.
If the successful entrepreneur needs help, they’re willing to find someone who can
do it better, and allows in the support. The successful entrepreneur stays open
to change for they recognize that as they move forward, doors open in unexpected
places that carry them to their next level of success.
6) Successful Entrepreneurs Envision Their Success
The successful entrepreneur gives time to envisioning how they want their business
to look and how they want it to be. Intention is a powerful and dynamic tool. For
those who are not inclined towards intention and visualization, talk to a successful
athlete and you’ll discover that before each sporting event, the successful athlete
envisions exactly how he or she wants things to turn out.
7) Successful Entrepreneurs Never Give Up
Giving up is never in the vocabulary of the successful entrepreneur. Having faith, trust, confidence and determination are
the qualities needed for the successful entrepreneur. To keep their focus on track,
they seek out the support of those that know them, encourage them and bring out
their natural enthusiasm. Being a successful entrepreneur requires
accepting the ebbs and flows of business for it is in fact what separates the exceptional
and successful entrepreneur from the one who gives up far too soon.