Everyone loves to pontificate about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, myself included. There’s no one “right” answer but rather many different traits, that when combined, result in great outcomes. Here are the seven most common characteristics I’ve observed about successful entrepreneurs:
- Forward-looking – able to anticipate trends, opportunities, and future organizational challenges
- Hard working – they love putting in the hours and realizing a sense of satisfaction when accomplishing goals
- Passionate – true enthusiasm and energy around the work that they do
- Opinionated – ready and willing to take a stand for how they believe things should be done
- Confident – when someone looks you in the eye and tells you they can do it, even if it’s far fetched, you’re more likely to believe them
- Resourceful – when there are so many unknowns, it takes unique talent to put everything together on the fly
- Positive – with the roller coaster ride that is entrepreneurship, staying positive helps the team get through very low lows
Notice I didn’t say smart, high integrity, or any number of other common characteristics that might be thrown around. Those are often present but I’ve seen cases where some items were less than desired. These seven characteristics have proved to be the most common in successful entrepreneurs I know.
What else? What are your thoughts on these seven characteristics of successful entrepreneurs?