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7 qualities that successful entrepreneurs have

That not everyone is fit for a life as an entrepreneur should come as no surprise. For some, however, it seems to be their purpose in life. But what are the characteristics of real entrepreneurs?

A successful entrepreneur should have these 7 qualities!

1st vision

Every entrepreneur needs a business idea. And not just any idea: it should ideally be something new, innovative: something that creates and opens up completely new markets. Successful entrepreneurs therefore have a characteristic of seeing fresh business opportunities, ideas and applications where most simply pass by. You take up the idea, develop it further, and are convinced of it.

An entrepreneur can already imagine his product in his head, the people who need it and will buy it and what needs it will satisfy. Not only that: he manages to communicate this idea to the outside world in such a way that others are carried away. This is called a vision, and it's essential in entrepreneurial life.

2. A knack for practical things

To work out a vision you have to be a little dreamy. That are many. Entrepreneurs are unusual people in that they combine this fantasy with tough pragmatism. They know exactly what they have to do specifically to implement their ideas.

From drawing up the budget to marketing activities; from adjusting the strategy to ordering office supplies; the entrepreneur has a knack for all of this, because he has both feet firmly on the ground.

3. Discipline

Do you know a successful entrepreneur who strolls to his desk every day after a long sleep at 10 o'clock - only to quit 4 hours later? Or who surfs the internet for hours every day and wastes his time? I do not think so.

Entrepreneurship is hard work and usually means long working days, one or the other worked weekend - sometimes even canceled plans. But that doesn't bother true entrepreneurs. Even in difficult times or with boring tasks, you watch them just move on, one step at a time. They have goals, they believe in what they do, and they know that only iron discipline will bring those goals to fruition.

4. Motivation

The entrepreneurs I know are not those who suffer months of depression or are lazy. No - they have way too much to do for that! Every now and then, like everyone else in the world, they have a bad day - a bad week in fact. Afterwards it always goes uphill quickly, because these are optimistic and driven people.

For entrepreneurs, their business is their life - private and professional have long been one. They are constantly thinking about how they could move their company forward, address a new target group (and thus increase their market share). The strong identification with their own actions quickly lifts them out of any slack.

5. Resilience

There are times when everything goes wrong in the store. A project fails, there is a financial loss, the best employee quits and goes to the competition. These setbacks are part of business life.

If you are more of the type who ponders your own mistakes for months, your entrepreneurial life will be a rude awakening for you. Good entrepreneurs have perhaps a few days after a business breakdown to come to terms with what has happened and learn the necessary lessons from it. After that, the motto is: “back to business!” You are resilient and come back after every setback - maybe even stronger than ever before.

Small consolation on the side: the more defeats you have to put up with in (professional) life, the fitter you get. You look at the previous mishaps and notice: the world never ends - only on.

6. Risk taking

By definition, entrepreneurship is a risky endeavor. You leave the secure environment of a permanent job to implement your own dreams. In doing so, you jeopardize the savings of many years - without any guarantee that you will ever be able to make a living from self-employment.

If that makes you toss and turn sleeplessly in bed with worry night after night - life as an entrepreneur will be quite stressful. Successful entrepreneurs naturally think about risk - but they focus their thoughts primarily on their big goals and do not allow themselves to be beaten down. No risk, no fun!

7. Confidence

Some entrepreneurs just don't seem to be afraid. Or they deal with their fears so confidently that their nerves look intact from the outside. Projects in a new department, unexpected events ... entrepreneurs are constantly confronted with the unknown.

But where most people prefer to avoid being potentially overwhelmed, entrepreneurs say “yes!” For them, the new task is not a threat, but an exciting new opportunity to develop further - and perhaps also to earn good money. They are open people, they start from the basic assumption that they can create anything and always find a way. With such a healthy self-confidence you can move mountains.

The 2 most important characteristics for every entrepreneur

Whoever wants to be an entrepreneur has to have certain qualities in order to be successful and withstand the pressure. You will not have many of these characteristics from the start. Here, like everywhere else in life, you will gradually learn and get better and better over time. The most important qualities are self-confidence and discipline. Because with these two qualities you will be able to tackle and solve any problem that comes up along the way.