3 Essential Qualities of the Aspiring Entrepreneur

Linda Sage

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistic, new entrepreneurship is on the increase:

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On the other hand job opportunities with new companies are not:

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In today’s market of new ventures you need to be prepared for success, entrepreneurship is not an easy option to job hunting. It takes determination, resilience and defiance

Determination: Or maybe known as willpower, but in entrepreneur language it is the power of “will”, you must believe the positive; not just in your product/service, but in yourself and your capabilities.

Determination to learn and to grow as a person as well as  a professional, to look for and accept guidance,  to set goals and be accountable for them.

Resilience:  You have to accept the ups and the downs, one step forward and two back sometimes and no logical patterns to outcomes.  There are always the negative people around you that want to point out all of the pit falls, you need to be able to block out what they are saying or remove yourself from their company.

Resilience is built over time, you cannot build it overnight, it is a bit like a pearl, building the layers as your gain experience and live through the knocks and setbacks. Looking to find a positive in any situation, learning from any experience.  Resilience should not make you hard, it should make you more flexible,  to see a wider more open picture, rather than sweating the small points.

Defiance: Believe in you and what you are doing, if you do not, nobody else will.  You will have to make difficult choices about sharing your time, associating with people, doing what you feel is right for you and your business, even if it is not “the way it has always been done.” So many items we have in our everyday life would not exist if the pioneer had listened to the views of others.

However, defiance does not mean antagonistic, you have to learn to accept “no” but have the determination to carry on and prove them wrong’  the resilience not to hold grudges or to give up on your goals.

You do not have to look at many stories of successful entrepreneurs until you see that they all struggled, fought through difficulties and triumphed over adversity, but they did not do it alone; they looked at other successful people and learnt from them. They took risks and worked hard, but did not lose themselves in the process; personality is part of your brand as an entrepreneur.  When you make promises, keep them. Deliver on what you say and take responsibility, you are where the buck stops.

Entrepreneurship, can be magical it can also be a nightmare, but each day is different being the person who can cope with that will make you successful.

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