What are the most important skills to being a successful entrepreneur?
Is it your knowledge, your ability to manage time, perseverance? There are a lot of things I am working on to be successful, but I cannot do it all. What are a few key personal development areas I should focus on to ensure success as an entrepreneur?
All the others have been said here. :)
The ability to think and approach situations differently "all of the time".
Patience, persistence and knowing when to adapt and move onto something else. I don't mean pack it in, just be reactive. If one approach/product isn't working, try amending the offer until something sticks.
When asked this question , here are the skills that I think first.
- We must be passionate
- Working your own image,
- Be creative and offer original and innovative solutions
- Be prepared to put all his energy into your projects
- Be prepared to go for help and advice from other propfessionnels .
- Never live its achievements and always be willing to learn , improve their skills .
- Take care of yourself , of your health and practice of physical activity .
I am sure you will get a great many answers to this questions by several very good, knowledgeable and experienced members. And I can already see several answers that are top quality, and they should help to get you sorted well. But here are the salient points:
2. Self Belief & Positivity
3. Patience & Perseverance
4. A flexible, healthy open mind [in terms of accepting/adapting to new modes of work, new technology, sudden changes]
5. Pragmatic and firm decision making.
6. Very good, deep focus with eyes firmly set on the goals you set
7. Amicable, understanding personality.
Not a very tall order, but be just this much and it is more than sufficient.
You are right, the hardest thing to do as an entrepreneur is staying focused, which of course is the result of having to do so much single handed. Everyday having a business meeting with oneself to prioritize the objectives of the day is second most important thing to do. Yesterday's priorities are today's ancient history. Organization and time management are important too, knowing when to stop working on a project or a task and when to let go of it. Last but not least; as soon as you can financially afford it, delegate the administration work; keeping in mind- an entrepreneurial fire is a terrible thing to waste. Best of luck! Mitra
Leadership that hones the skills of influence, so that you attract followers that contribute what you do not know, Let success be the bi-product of daily successful events guided by: sense of direction, understanding, courage, charity, esteem, self acceptance, self assurance, focus, urgency and loyalty.
Trust. Without people trusting you, your business, nothing happens. The items you mention are basics, a framework for building trust.. Who do you prefer to do business with, someone you trust or some quick talking sales type?
It depends on how you define success. If you do something you love to do, provide the best quality and value you possibly can and always take the high moral ground, success will follow. Not necessarily massive wealth, but success none-the-less.
I have asked this question to many clients over the past 25 years, in particular those who have made the most money. By far the most common answers they give me is "ignorance and persistence". And the persistence was only made possible by their ignorance. It never fails to amaze me how often they say their greatest asset was that they had no idea what they were up against when they started the business because if they knew, they would not have even tried. Not knowing allowed their optimism to fuel their efforts and helped them stick to the plan. Each thing they had to overcome was just one more hurdle. Not seeing how many hurdles there actually were ahead is the reason they started and never quit.
I mention that to set up the main entrepreneurial trait I would like to share. That is most of us are too analytical and slow in making decisions, yet fast to change our plans. Successful entrepreneurs are the opposite - they make decisions quickly and are very slow to change the plan.