SEVEN (7) ATTRIBUTES OF A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

1.      HAVE A VISION
One of the defining attributes of entrepreneurship is the ability to spot an opportunity and imagine something where others haven't.  When you set out to become an entrepreneur it will require you to set very clear goals along the way and the zeal and determination to achieve these goals should be the driving force for self motivation to propel your ideas into reality.  A successful entrepreneur focuses on the finish line and the end reward. For a would-be entrepreneur having a vision is a starting point, it gives you a clear picture of what you are up against.

2.      BE HIGHLY MOTIVATED
Entrepreneurs that have a high level of confidence are able to get the job done even under the most stressful conditions. They understand that big challenges breed big rewards. What you get out of your business in the form of personal satisfaction, financial gain, stability and enjoyment will be the sum of what you put into your business. Successful people are passionate about their ideas that drive toward these ultimate goals, self motivated and adapt well to changes.

3.      TAKE RISKS
Successful entrepreneurs are risk takers who have all gotten over one very significant hurdle:  they are not afraid of failure. That's not to say that they rush in with reckless abandon.  In fact, entrepreneurs are often successful because they are calculating and able to make the best decisions in even the worst of cases.  However, they also accept that, even if they make the best decision possible, things don't always go according to plan and may fail anyhow. If you've heard the old adage, "nothing ventured, nothing gained," that's exactly what its saying: do not be afraid to fail, put it out there and give it your best shot.

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4.      BE PATIENT
Patience is one of the key components you must have if you desire to produce a life of freedom, self worth and stability.  Dr. Jeffrey R. Cornwall says “The ability to start a new business does not make an entrepreneur successful. In many ways starting the business is one of the easiest parts of the entrepreneurial process. Building and growing it into a sustainable venture is the hard part. But, it is also what determines true entrepreneurial success”. Financial success does not come quickly for most entrepreneurs; it is built over successive deals over many years. Patience and persistence goes hand in hand to build a successful business.

5.    BE COMPETITIVE
Being competitive clearly defines your distinctive selling offer. This is nothing more than a fancy way of asking the very important question, "Why will people choose to do business with you or purchase your product or service instead of doing business with a competitor and buying his product or service?" In other words, what one aspect or combination of aspects is going to separate your business from your competition? Will it be better service, a longer warranty, better selection, lowest price, personalized service, better customer service, better return or a combination of several of these? Giving the right answers to these questions sets you on the right part and gives you an idea of how to better promote your business.

6.     NETWORK
A large collection of business cards and a huge contact list doesn’t make you an expert at networking. Building value-based relationships that are truly meaningful is what networking is all about. These are the relationships that lead to business opportunities and long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial.

7.      INVEST IN YOURSELF
Successful entrepreneurs are typically strong personalities overall, the best have learned that there's always a lesson to be learned. They are rarely afraid to ask questions when it means the answers will provide them insight they can then leverage to effect. They always go out of their way for new insights, because to them innovations allow you to convert ideas into goods and services. Do more ,learn more and put your ideas to positive use for humanity.