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We’ve all read their success stories and their bios. We want to be right at the top with them. Their stories are what legends are made of and their achievements are beyond noteworthy. What do these successful entrepreneurs share? I believe it starts in their mindset and here are 6 traits that all successful entrepreneurs have in common:
1) Patience and Persistence
Successful entrepreneurs understand that patience and persistence is key to long-term achievement. You cannot expect to turn your business into an overnight success or think that when you open your doors to your business you’ll be living large immediately. You’ve got to work your plan and plan your work and it could take a while before you actually see quality results. Be persistent, keep working, striving and pushing to get where you want to be. You may experience some rough patches, some struggles, and even some failures, but being patient and persistent will benefit your bottom line in the end.
Where do you see yourself in the long term? What is the vision you have for your business? How do you see it working out? You must have vision that is big and filled with success. Vision makes you grab opportunities that others don’t see and makes you reach for things that would otherwise seem unrealistic. Without vision, people perish! Write your vision and then determine exactly what it will take to get there – and then GET THERE!
3) Positive Attitude
Yeah, we’re in a financial recession; life is hard; businesses are flopping; blah, blah, blah. So what? You have vision, energy and drive. Use them and know that whatever happens, it’s either you succeed or perish.
There is no other way to get around it – being positive means taking hard knocks, falling down, dusting off and moving forward knowing that there was a lesson learned there. You must always believe that success is yours no matter what.
If you ask most successful people they will tell you that a positive attitude made them see opportunities where others thought there was nothing.
4) Thinking Big
Ben Carson said it best – THINK BIG. Think like the men who landed the first craft on the moon. There is nothing as tiresome as complacent small dreams. You achieve them because they were easy to achieve in the first place, bask in your glory for 6 months, and then what? You wind up back to the drawing board again.
How about setting objectives for yourself that seem insurmountable even to you? Work on them one step at a time! Each step will be a step closer to achieving that seemingly insurmountable aspiration. One morning, you’ll wake up and find yourself right where you dreamed you’d be!
5) Setting Goals
You must set a timer against yourself. You want to do all the things that you need to do to become a successful entrepreneur, but in how long?
Be realistic with the goals, because they are like your compass. Small goals take a shorter time to achieve and every goal achieved makes you feel motivated to keep going.
Set small goals that lead to big ones and set big goals and let them tie to the smaller ones. You’ll know every time you look at the goals you have achieved how much closer you are to the bigger vision you have.
This is the most important of them all! Many people do things because it’s a fad and because it’s where the money is coming from, but they don’t necessarily have any passion for it.
Passion is the fuel in your engine; it’s the burning thought that you love what you do; and every time you sit to do it, you give it your best and expect the best to come from it. If you don’t have passion for entrepreneurship, don’t do it.
Keep yourself motivated by aligning yourself with people who have the same interests as you have because they are more likely to pick you up when you’re down and remind you why you are doing what you’re doing in the first place.
There are many things that lead to successful entrepreneurship. However I guarantee that if you look at any successful entrepreneur, you’re sure to find these 6 traits evident in their lives. Keep doing what you’re doing – your story is being written as you read this and I’m sure it will be legendary!