Common Personality Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Whether an entrepreneur on the rise or a motivated woman ready to take control of her destiny, we are all here for the same reason: a passion for owning our own small business. But where does this drive for self-fulfillment come from, and what gives us that entrepreneurial passion?
While interests may vary immensely and businesses drastically, studies have shown that many successful entrepreneurs share one thing in common: personality traits. Just like any other career, a person is more likely to choose a certain path according to what he or she excels in and enjoys. Therefore, a person who prefers to work alone, boasts little curiosity and possess no self-motivation, is not likely to choose entrepreneurship as a profession. But if you’re here, we know that’s not you! So what are these valuable personality traits that make your entrepreneurial successes one patient step from possible?
- Adventurous: To even have the desire to create, own and operate your own business, you must both seek adventure and follow your dreams. To be adventurous means to “try at your own risk,” and that is exactly what you are doing as an entrepreneur – taking a risk, but with caution, optimism and a realistic outlook.
- Patient: When it comes to building a business, don’t even begin to expect fast results. Being patient is a key trait in the personalities of a successful entrepreneur. Websites don’t build themselves, products don’t magically appear and leads don’t find you. It’s important to be pro-active, but stay patient.
- Curious: If you’re not interested in what you’re selling or how to grow your business, why start one? When an entrepreneur takes pride in his or her company, curiosity is always stirring – staying up to date on the best business practices, continuously researching a niche, always looking for ways to improve upon current products – there’s no stopping a curious, action-oriented business owner.
- Collaborative: An extremely useful entrepreneurial personality trait is the ability to work collaboratively with others – be it team members, clients, customers, etc. – to successfully delegate tasks, keep others motivated and form strong, respectful relationships.
- Thick-skinned: Part of being an entrepreneur is realizing that not everyone will love you or your product. Issues will arise, customers will complain, business won’t always be peachy keen. But that’s not a reason to give up –successful entrepreneurs know that drawbacks are simply motivation to make improvements.
These personality traits are only a handful of those that we entrepreneurs share and are driven by each and every day. If you’re action-oriented, future focused, flexible, creative, meticulous etc., or any number of those listed above, you likely have what it takes to become an entrepreneur. It’s time to replace “I’m not sure if I can,” to “I know I can.”