Do These Now: Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

You want to be a successful entrepreneur. But here is the question: can you do what it takes to find entrepreneurial success?

Look, I get it. You want to be successful—a recognized entrepreneur.

But here is the question, do you deserve entrepreneurial success? Maybe you're just another wannabe.

Entrepreneurial success doesn't care about who you are, it doesn't want to know if you're a wannabe or a practicing entrepreneur.

It only comes to those who do things uniquely, those who have the zeal to do what it takes. And it hates lazy.

Well, it's time you choose who you are. A wanna be, a lazy ass or one who'd do whatever it takes.

I know you already know who you want to become. But who you are is what gets you there; it's the only obstacle hindering you from the person you want to become.

Well, you're in luck. I've written this piece to show you of the habits of successful entrepreneurs.

Adopt these habits and entrepreneurial success might give you the chance to make it big. 

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Read Rigorously

Forbes shared that the richest person in the world, Bill Gates (who has been the richest for three years in a row), is a total bookworm. He reads rigorously. Often times, he publishes posts on his personal website recommending books to read. In one of his recent posts titled "5 Books to Read This Summer," he said: "Each one kept me up reading long past when I should have gone to sleep."

I bet you're thinking, come on! I've been reading. Well, it's high time you read more. Or if you're thinking, Oh! I hate reading, it's high time you loved it. Why? Reading opens you to new ideas, enhances and widens your thoughts, improves your memory, increases your focus, engages your imagination and stimulates your creativity.

Enjoy Your Work, Pursue Your Passion

Larry Ellison, the co-founder and former CEO of Oracle corporation who was listed by Forbes as the third-wealthiest person in America and fifth-wealthiest in the world once said in an interview conducted by Daniel Morrow, Executive Director at The Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program, "When I started Oracle, what I wanted to do was to create an environment where I would enjoy working. That was my primary goal. Sure, I wanted to make a living. I certainly never expected to become rich, certainly not this rich. I mean, rich does not even describe this. This is surreal."

Trying to enjoy what he does enriched him—he simply wanted to enjoy working. If you enjoy your work, then invariably, you're not working, you're simply having a nice time. Learn to enjoy your work by pursuing your passion. It lightens the weight of workload on your thoughts and helps you work extra hours when you need to.

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Don't Be Discouraged by Your Background

Amancio Ortega is a typical example of a successful entrepreneur who rose from rags to riches. He was born into poverty, his father, a railway worker, and mother, a housemaid.

He had to quit school in León due to his father's job to move to La Coruña at the age of 14, where he learned to make hand-made shirts from a local shirtmaker called Gala. Today, he's the founder of a retail company Inditex SA, which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Pull&Bear. According to Forbes, he's the richest man in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world.

Now, you're thinking you can make it. Yes! You definitely can! Never be discouraged by your background and never give up. One of Ortega's quotes is: "I'll keep working until the end." That's the kind of zeal you need. Inspired enough? Keep reading. We're not done yet.

Live Proactively

In a Q&A section with the founder and CEO of the largest social network in the world, Mark Zuckerberg pointed out a major habit that could be associated with his success, and it's living proactively and not reactively. Each day comes with its challenges and activities, your approach towards them determines how you're living, proactively or reactively.

Take conscious control of your life, create opportunities, abandon or cut short any unproductive argument. Understand that you're the captain of your life's ship, stop when you need to, speed up when you need to and slow down when it's needed. Learn to use the power of "no" to your advantage, so you won't be a victim of circumstance.

People who live reactively tend to be victims of circumstance. They are unable to control their environmental occurrences. This invariably makes them feel inferior.

Adopt Good Sleeping Habit

The founder and CEO of the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States (Amazon), Jeff Bezos enjoys seven or more hours of sleep daily (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.). He is arguably the most successful E-commerce entrepreneur in the world. Despite that, Jeff Bezos has good sleep habits. He said: "I just feel so much better all day long if I've had eight hours." 

Adequate sleep's importance can't be neglected. It boosts your mood, clears your thoughts, freshens your memory, enhances your focus and eliminates depression.

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Conclusion

Remember, you are who you choose to be. You can't walk the walls of failure and expect success, but you may expect success by walking in its path. Entrepreneurial success tips are right at your fingertips. Would you use them appropriately or would they end up in a trash can? 

That's a question your next habit will answer.

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