12 Keys To The Successful Entrepreneur

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12 Keys To The Successful Entrepreneur

I came across an outstanding article today that I thought would be of benefit to not only my Mark Jordan Photography Marketing Group, but for my blog readers as well. As photographer/business owners, we are very much the entrepreneur, and therefore must conduct ourselves as such. The author, Helen Raptoplous, offers us a relevant look into the heart of the successful entrepreneur we have residing within us all.

Though the author states that, "Anyone can be a successful entrepreneur..." and all it takes is "hard work, determination and unwavering persistence..." I have a suspicion that she's either being a tad lose with reality or she is emphasizing that anyone can succeed IF ONLY they are willing count the cost and undertake a tally of enterprises that most people are unwilling to do - the chief triait being is sacrifice. Also of which, for me, is conspicuously absent from her list.

Following then is the list of key characteristics ("essential entrepreneurial qualities") that you may want to considering measuring yourself, to see where you stack up, in the hopes of being best prepared for success:
1. Independence
This is the most common denominator. Entrepreneurs want control of their future; and they decide to become their own boss instead of working in a thankless job. They have a strong sense of independence and will keep moving forward with a purpose to accomplish something great and meaningful on his own.

2. Visionary 
An entrepreneur has a vision for the future. This vision is for both the short term and the long term great ideas and accomplishments that are next on the horizon. They are always dreaming up new ideas.

3. Persistence
An important quality of a successful entrepreneur is the persistence to continue pursuing a goal despite some setbacks and obstacles that may be encounter along the way. Persistence is demonstrated with action and is then followed up with more action.

4. Determination
Persistence needs a best friend and that would be determination. Determination is the inner drive and mindset that pushes persistence to keep moving forward. Determined is different then its negative cousin Stubborn so make sure not to confuse the two.

5. Creativity
Entrepreneurs tend to be curious and inquisitive. They know that the name of the game is not to fit in, but to stand out. Creativity is a skill that can be learned and developed. Everyone has it in them to be creative and think outside the box from time to time but entrepreneurs tend to do that more then others.

6. Honesty
Winning and keeping customers is all about being known, liked and trusted! This has always been an important characteristic of success. Honesty with yourself and with others is a key ingredient of a great entrepreneur.

7. Self-Confidence
Entrepreneurs believe a great deal in what they are capable of. Self-confidence is build on tiny wins that lead to bigger wins and is the fuel to momentum. A successful entrepreneur goes after what they want with a strong desire and sense of self worth that supports their efforts and their determination.

8. Risk-taking
A great entrepreneur realizes that loss and failure are part of any business endeavor. An entrepreneur is always ready to make calculated risks and face whatever consequences those risks might have. They know that to win some they have to lose some.

9. Tolerance
Entrepreneurs must have the courage to face failure and start again no matter where they may face setbacks. The qualities of a successful entrepreneur include never giving up and also in picking up the pieces and continuing the journey even if failure momentarily gets in the way.

10. Perseverance
They do not stop moving forward. When they know what they want and they know why they want it they do whatever it takes! Entrepreneurs do not give up! There can be no real success without perseverance.

11. Commitment
An entrepreneur will not achieve success if they gives up at the first sign of hard work. A 100% Commitment is absolutely essential and that means a willingness to do whatever it takes. Doing whatever it takes includes all the things that they would rather not do or are uncomfortable doing.

12. Organization
An entrepreneur knows the value of being organized. Systems, resources, time management and action plans are all part of being organized and are vital for success. Being organized both mentally and physically is a skill that needs to be cultivated in order to make significant progress.

by Helen Raptoplous


So then, do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Our checklist is brimming with key characteristics and a great place to begin. I encourage you to check-in within yourself and see where you rate. Where are you the weakest? Strongest? What area can you muster improvement on you own? Which will require you to seek professional assistance? Asking the hard questions today can possibly save you considerable hard-ache tomorrow.

Understandably, as meaningful and powerful as these 12 Keys To The Successful Entrepreneur are, none of them will amount to a thing until they are followed by action! To simply think a thing will not make it so. Yes, believing in oneself is a great start, but unless these guidelines are put into an doable plan of action, stamped with the seal of commitment and repetition, these characteristics will continually elude you.

I suggest reading back through the list and then noting which of the 12 Keys To The Successful Entrepreneur you'd like to add to your tool belt. You man want to do as I have done over the years and mark each with the plan of action designator: PIP. It means "Put Into Practice." PIP reminds you what's most important and that to do it TODAY! Once you do you'll be well on your way to making success a reality and just not one more thing "to do" languishing on Someday Isle...

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