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.
Here are my 3 top personal development areas you should develop:
1. Positive mental attitude
2. Healthy self-esteem
Time never bothers me since what i do is what i am passionate about. So i think that is important. Being able to build a reputation comes 2. Being able to build a relationship with customers or clients, Be able to ask for help when you need it.
Being able to balance the books and getting paid i would put last.
I would build on being able to be the person to go to for help and being a expert.
Jeff, I have researched and still research this area for many years and had groom a handful of successful entrepreneurs who making decent incomes and live comfortably. In fact, I had written a manual for all my clients on how to become a full grown CEO.
Frankly speaking, no definite answer of what are the most important skills.
As an entrepreneur pertaining to running a business, it is more on creating a business that lead to job creation, wealth creation, and quality of life creation. I think an entrepreneur should focus on making these creations and adjust his skills according to requirements.
At start of the business, some basic skills may be handy:
1. generate sales in any situation, quickly and positive cash flows
2. able to adjust your management style as the organization grow
3. as the organization grow, you need to lead and not to do
4. I rather choose wisdom over knowledge (knowledge will expire but wisdom last forever) in developing the belief & value & underline principles.
5. expert in understanding and selecting people
wish you good luck
There's been a lot of research on what makes a successful entrepreneur and although there are often similarities each new study add something slightly different. There is also always someone who will buck the trend and succeed against the odds. So on one level there may not be a simple answer to your question.
For what's it's worth though I agree with Avigail that you need to know what your strengths are and find others to compliment you where you are not strong. You will always lack some knowledge, skill or other attribute that might be useful in your business, none of us are perfect after all. But if you can find other smart, talented, resourceful people who can compliment yourself then you will succeed.
So what you need to do is be the best you, you can be and then find other people to do the other bits.
I love persistence and time management. I think those are both really important.
Knowledge is a tricky one because it's critical, but typically it's the easiest one for business owners. We're good at what we do, we're interested in it, and it makes sense to us. But that can almost be a distraction because it keeps us working in our businesses instead of on them.
I think I'd say, the most important skills for business success are 1) emotional health, 2) belief in yourself & vision of where you're going, and 3) (a little more practically) driving revenue.
But more specifically to your challenge of having a lot to work on and can't do it all, I'd say this. Work to maximize your strengths, mitigate your weaknesses, and let go of whatever is causing you to hold back.
I would say that identifying good people and being able to manage and inspire them would be skill #1. You obviously need to have passion but that is pretty much a given for all entrepreneurs so i assume you are covered there. I would also say that being organized and detailed in your plan of attack which would then carry over to your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) is also paramount so that you don't get overwhelmed. But I always encourage people to go for it and I hope all works out for you!
1. know what you are good at and develop in that area
2. find the right team to complement you
3. be balanced and clear in your perception
4. be nonstop passionate
5. adopt ways to reduce stress
6. be professional in linkedin as a personal and business development platform
Jeff, if you desire to be a successful entrepreneur, each of the items you mention are vital at a personal level. And because each of them is personal you must be able to mange them all. There are many other things to consider (as you will soon hear) but the ones you mentioned are vital. It seems to me you have answered your own question. I wish you well in your endeavors.