While successful entrepreneurs come from various walks of life, many possess the same attributes
Executive coach Elsabe Manning says there are characteristics that are distinctly entrepreneurial. “If you don’t possess all of these attributes, you can develop and hone them. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and actively work on the areas in which you’re lacking.”
Prolific entrepreneurs visualise their success every day. This becomes their highest motivator and driving force because they can ‘see’ their success.
Entrepreneurship requires the courage to take calculated risks. This means you need to gather a lot of information and then make a decision despite the fact that there are no guarantees.
You need to understand and manage your own emotions and behaviour, communicate well to build meaningful relationships, be able to resolve conflict amicably, negotiate the best deals and get the most from people you work with. You also need to be adaptable and flexible and manage your attitude and mood.
Success comes from living and speaking your truth. Don’t ever try to emulate someone else or pretend to be something you aren’t.
You need to do the right thing, even when nobody is watching. You also need to be honest with yourself and others.
You need to value your abilities and believe that you are capable of success.
How to develop these skills:
- Stop comparing yourself to others. It only serves to break you down when you are focused on what others have. Focus solely on your own strengths and weaknesses.
- Keep your thoughts positive. Catch yourself in moments of negative thinking and change the thought to something positive.
- Associate with supportive people. Avoid those who drag you down or don’t believe in you.
- List your past successes so you can acknowledge and take pride in what you have already achieved.
- Celebrate your qualities. Make a list of your good qualities and be proud of who you are.
- Do good for others. When you do something good for someone else it lifts your spirits and gives your journey more meaning.
- Find your passion and use it every day.
- Be true to yourself and don’t apologise for who you are and what you’ve achieved.