“If you want to be successful find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” – Tony Robbins.
Successful entrepreneurs never fail to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs. Starting a new business requires a special set of skills and attributes. However, it is individual characteristics that define success. Entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, race, and countries are known to have these characteristics in common:
Entrepreneurship is about constant challenges, some of which you may have considered but many of which you never expected. Entrepreneurship doesn’t just challenge your skillset; it’ll also challenge your personal life. You’ll face complex financial problems, decision-based dilemmas, long hours, sudden changes, and predictions that egregiously fail.
All these challenges are a natural part of being an entrepreneur. Success in business is not determined by the number of challenges you’ve faced, it is by how you’ve faced them. Successful entrepreneurs have a high level of resilience that allows them to face the constant slew of challenges without ever weakening their resolve.
What makes a startup different from a large organization, of many things, it is their agility. They are known to be frugal and nimble. Most entrepreneurs start with a culture of agility to be responsive to the changing needs of the customers. But as organizations grow in size, it becomes a tad too difficult to move away from the larger organization plan. As a leader of a company, you are expected to showcase this characteristic as it allows you to remain proactive and vigilant which can help entrepreneurs to stay on top of things.
In the longer run, this characteristic helps entrepreneurs identify changing market trends and capitalize on new opportunities before the rest. This helps them gain a considerable competitive advantage when other entrepreneurs struggle.
True breed entrepreneurs know that success cannot be achieved overnight; they know the importance of toiling every single day, meticulously working hard to achieve the larger goals. In the age of startups, there are several business leaders who’ve become overnight business rock stars. However, successful entrepreneurs realize that all great things take time, and aren’t impeded when their great ideas don’t take off immediately.
Successful companies are all about great teams. Business leaders understand it takes time and effort to build a great team, infrastructure, and processes – essentially a strong foundation.
Getting your team to trust you and in the overall vision of the company is extremely important and vital to the success of the organization. Entrepreneurs need to lay their trust on their business leaders to accomplish their primary objectives without much interference. In absence of this, team leaders wouldn’t be able to achieve their goals effectively.
In the larger scheme of things, it is important for an entrepreneur to gain trust from all the stakeholders involved including clients and investors. This can be achieved by maintaining clear levels of communication and greater transparency.
In the end, it is the entrepreneur’s passion that drives them to work each day. It is hard to define passion, as it varies individually. Passion is the sweet sublime energy that will keep you going when the things are unpleasant, the coffers are running dry, and your physical energy has done left the building.
As with passion you’d reach your goals faster, without it, your productivity will suffer, but more importantly, you’ll never be happy with where you are. Only when you’re truly passionate about your work will you be able to find the success you yearn for.
While each entrepreneur is known to have his own instincts and style of entrepreneurship, embedding these characteristics in yourself will help you navigate the entrepreneurial ship especially when the waters are too rough.