To the average person on the street, the successes of those famous entrepreneurs, the ones we see on the television and read about in the news, are all due to unknowable traits that are beyond comprehension. This is not so, and in fact, many people probably share traits with the world’s best – though whether they have them in the right doses required to be a success is another matter. The truth is, we can always improve ourselves in the areas that we’re lacking. Take a read of seven essential traits for entrepreneurs below, and see where you need to buck up your ideas.
They Know Their Product
It’s easy to get wrapped in the vision. But if you exist in a world of your own design as you try to get your idea off the ground, then how will you be able to explain it to other people? They’re the ones who count, not you. When it comes to your ideas, you should be able to sell it to a five-year-old. If you’re struggling with this, cut down on the technical or pretentious terms, and talk in basic language. You’ll lose nothing from the idea, but others will be able to understand you.
They Understand Money, And Where It Should Go
If you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to be able to talk money. It’s the core of your enterprise, especially in the early days. You’ll need to be able to figure just how much capital funding you’ll need to get your idea off the ground, and then figure out where it should be spent. You can’t throw cash at every aspect of your business before it’s started generating money. The best entrepreneurs can figure out where the money you do have should be spent to get the maximum return.
They Live with Passion
Believe it or not, living with passion isn’t just something you’re born with, though this is what people think. You can learn to live with passion, and this is what the best do. You can’t get anywhere in life, and especially in business, if you’re not living a life that you believe in. If you’re finding your business idea a drag, then there’s every chance that it’s not going to succeed. Even though you’ll have bad days, you’ll need to have that inner guidance that says you are ultimately passionate about what you’re trying to achieve.
They’re People Persons
Whether or not you have to be a “people person” to be a success in business is a debated topic, but that it’s debated alone probably shows it’s an important factor. You don’t have to love all people everywhere, but you must be interested in them – what drives them, who they are, and how unites all people. Of course, it’ll be much easier if you do generally like people because you’ll have to interact with quite a lot on your way to success.
They Can Switch Off
There’s a fine line between being an entrepreneur and being obsessive. The very best entrepreneurs don’t work 24 hours a day on their project; they’re able to enjoy the other joys of life. This stems from “living with passion.” The project that you’re working on right now likely be in your life in ten years from now, but the attitude that drove it to success will be. Living with passion is about being happy: and you can’t be happy if all you do is work.
They Believe in Better
You need to have a general optimism about mankind’s potential if you’re going to step into the competitive, inspiring, slightly maddening world of entrepreneurial business. While your idea may or may not change the world, you’ll believe that if it did change the world, the world would be better than before the product existed. You’ll never find an entrepreneur that is all doom and gloom about the prospects of the world. They’re problem solvers, not moaners, and if everyone had the mindset of an entrepreneur, then the world would certainly be a better place.
It’s OK to have moments of self-doubt when you’re trying to achieve something big (it would be odd if you didn’t), but at the core of your being, you should have confidence that you have the skills needed to take your company to where you want it to go. This isn’t just important for your drive, will, and ideas, but also how the company is perceived. You don’t see Elon Musk slinking in the shadows!