After working with entrepreneurs for the last 20 years, I’ve discovered some common traits among them that make them successful. Regardless of their industry, age, sex or income level, the most successful entrepreneurs possess the following traits:
- They are enthusiastic.
The most successful entrepreneurs I work with can give an elevator pitch (that doesn’t sound like an elevator pitch) anytime, anywhere about their business. They make it conversational, relatable, and memorable, no matter who they’re talking to. I can usually spot the entrepreneurs who will be successful immediately if I see they have this skill. Whether they’re looking for investors, partners or clients, these entrepreneurs have the enthusiasm to not just sell their idea, but make you want to be part of it.
- They walk, talk and work with purpose.
Everything successful entrepreneurs do is intentional. They discover their purpose, define goals around it and don’t stop until they get it. You can tell by someone’s mannerisms if they have a purpose in life, are on a mission and love what they do, or if they’re walking around waiting for someone else to tell them what to do. Successful entrepreneurs go through life guided by their purpose.
- They are confident in who they are.
They don’t seek external validation for themselves, their ideas or their business. They trust themselves and make decisions quickly. Even though these entrepreneurs run the risk of making the wrong decision, they still move quickly and decisively. Indecisiveness is the enemy of progress. Instead of waiting around to make decisions, go off of your instincts and make moves confidently. If you’re not confident in yourself or your business, how will anyone else be confident in you?
- They focus on the positive.
Successful entrepreneurs focus on what’s going right, rather than what’s going wrong. They don’t let the things that are wrong distract them, and if there is a problem, they fix it quickly and move on. Have you ever met someone who’s always talking about what’s going wrong in their life? No one wants to be around them! On the other hand, have you ever met someone who is always smiling and has a ton of energy? These people are magnetic and draw people in. Everyone encounters problems in life, but those who focus on what’s right instead of what’s wrong will be more successful.
- They are constantly learning.
Great entrepreneurs never stop growing, evolving and improving in their personal and professional lives. Even when they reach a big milestone or goal, they keep aiming higher and are never complacent. Markets in every industry are constantly evolving at a rapid pace. Entrepreneurs who stay ahead of the curve are always reading up on industry trends and trying to evolve.
If you’re striving to be a successful entrepreneur, adopt these traits and watch your personal and work life change for the better.
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