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Common Characteristics of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

Success in business requires more than just talent and hard work.

Regardless of the industry, successful business owners have a few key characteristics in common that set them apart. They can make their business concepts successful realities by utilising those skills.

For entrepreneurs, success depends on a strong belief in one's talents and a clear understanding of what it takes to launch and operate a business.

A great idea and capital are just two of many factors that go into starting a successful business.  But the entrepreneur could arguably be the most vital component.

Some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs possess unique characteristics that distinguish them from the rest. If you're considering starting your own business, and you may be unsure of your entrepreneurial potential but here are ten common traits that highly successful entrepreneurs possess. 

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1. A Vision of What They Can Build and Focus on  Long-Term

Successful entrepreneurs have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and how they want to change the world. They look beyond the short-term and focus on the long-term impact of their actions.

They are imaginative dreamers whose success stems from a clear vision of their ultimate goals, which could be a product or a service. Entrepreneurs never stop thinking.

2. Decisive

Have you ever been fired and wondered how the one who fired you lives with themselves? Well, successful entrepreneurs make quick decisions, even when faced with uncertainty. They understand that indecision can lead to missed opportunities and slow progress. 

Entrepreneurs are decisive, even callous, to avoid consequences that could harm their businesses. If need be, they will be abrasive in defense of their businesses.

3. Recognising What They Don’t Know (About Themselves)

Entrepreneurs who are successful are self-aware and understand their strengths and weaknesses. This allows them to surround themselves with people who complement their skillset and fill in their areas of weaknesses.

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4. Shameless Self-Promoters

Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid to promote themselves and their ideas. They know how to effectively communicate their vision and value proposition to investors, customers and employees. Whatever they need to sell, they will find a way and will not give up until they have accomplished their goals.

They are not afraid to put themselves out there and use their personal brand to drive sales and attract customers. By doing so, they build awareness and credibility for themselves and their businesses, which ultimately leads to growth and success.

Shameless self-promotion enables entrepreneurs to communicate their value proposition and stand out in a crowded marketplace. They are not afraid to share their unique selling points, achievements, and accomplishments with others. This level of confidence and self-assurance helps entrepreneurs to differentiate themselves from competitors and position themselves as experts in their respective fields.

5. Master Negotiators

As skilled negotiators, successful entrepreneurs know how to effectively manage relationships with partners, customers and suppliers. In addition, they know how to initiate sales which will always see them bag the deal when the agreement goes through.

Their negotiations are almost always taking a risk and so they have to be good at this.

Master negotiators are able to assess and manage risk effectively, and to make calculated decisions that advance their business interests. They are able to effectively communicate their position and to understand the needs and motivations of their negotiating partners.

By mastering the art of negotiation, entrepreneurs are able to grow their businesses, secure key partnerships and create long-term value for their stakeholders.

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6. Know the Power of Delegation

Successful entrepreneurs understand that they can't do everything on their own. They delegate tasks to others and trust their team to execute effectively. They also give the delegates full control of their domains which means that they only spend time on deliverables. This makes it easier for the entrepreneur to focus on what keeps the business growing.

7. Keep Experimenting

Taking risks and try new things are some of the approaches successful entrepreneurs are not afraid of.

They understand that failure is a natural part of the learning process and embrace it as an opportunity for growth. Before the launch of one successful product, there are several trials which have failed. The entrepreneur keeps going driven by their end goals and vision.

This willingness to embrace failure is a key factor in their ability to continuously improve and grow their businesses over time by experimenting. By being persistent, entrepreneurs are able to build resilience and determination which are needed to succeed in business.

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8. Persistent and Accepting Failure

Successful entrepreneurs are persistent in their pursuit of success, even when faced with setbacks and failures. They understand that success is not a straight line and are willing to keep trying until they achieve their goals.

Persistence allows entrepreneurs to continue in the face of setbacks and obstacles, and to continuously pursue their goals despite the odds. This drive and determination is critical for overcoming the many challenges that arise in business, and for achieving long-term success.

Successful entrepreneurs also understand that failure is an inevitable part of the entrepreneurial journey. They embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and use it to refine their strategies and approaches. By accepting failure and viewing it as a necessary step on the path to success, entrepreneurs are able to keep on taking risks, experimenting, and innovating in their businesses.

9. Flexible

The successful entrepreneur is flexible and adaptable to change. They understand that the business world is constantly evolving and flexibility is a vital characteristic that enables them to adapt to change and overcome challenges.

Entrepreneurship is a dynamic and unpredictable process, and being flexible helps entrepreneurs stay nimble in the face of change.

When faced with unexpected events or roadblocks, flexible entrepreneurs can pivot their strategies and find new solutions to problems. This is essential for survival and growth in the fast-paced world of business.

Flexible entrepreneurs also can take advantage of opportunities as they arise. They are open-minded and willing to consider new ideas, even if they deviate from their original plan. This allows them to seize opportunities that other entrepreneurs might miss.

Additionally, flexible entrepreneurs can work with a variety of people and adapt to different situations, making them valuable assets in any business setting.

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10. Good Communicators

Successful entrepreneurs are effective communicators and know how to convey their ideas, expectations and vision to others effectively. They understand that communication is the key to building strong relationships with their stakeholders.

To keep their businesses growing, they know what needs to be said and will say it until it gets done. To achieve their dreams, successful entrepreneurs have to make their teams understand what they expect towards a certain goal.

How Can You Develop these Entrepreneurial Characteristics?

The good news is that there is no specific way or path one needs to follow to become an entrepreneur. Becoming a successful business owner is something that can be done in any way.

With time, experience, and training, traits and behaviours like experimentation and perseverance, an entrepreneur can be made.

As long as you have an entrepreneurial mentality, you can take advantage of chances and overcome obstacles. Consider studying successful entrepreneurs you admire for lessons on how they got to the top.

Sometimes all you need at the start as an aspiring entrepreneur is observation to know which path to follow.

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Njenga has over 8 years experience in multimedia and business journalism both as a writer, editor and producer. He has over 5 years of experience in radio broadcasting as a news reader, reporter and presenter. He is also a 2012 Earth Journalism Network-EJN Fellow.

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