There are so many studies showing that successful entrepreneurs possess the following characteristics:
1. Self-confidence: The power of having confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities is strong and magical.
2. Achievement Oriented: Results are gained by focused and sustained effort. Entrepreneurs concentrate on achieving a specific goal, not just accomplishing a string of unrelated tasks.
3. Risk Taker: Entrepreneurs realize that there is a chance of loss inherent in achieving their goals, yet they have the confidence necessary to take calculated risks to achieve their goals.
Entrepreneurs are people who will make decisions, take action, and think that they can control their own destinies. They are often motivated by a spirit of independence which leads them to believe that their success depends on raw effort and hard work, not luck.
So which of these three main characteristics is the most important? To me, it has to be self-confidence. Without self-confidence, nothing else is possible. If you don’t believe in your abilities, then the first challenge that arises may knock you off the path to achieving your goals.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for maintaining a higher level of self-confidence.
Negative thinking simply is not allowed. You must truly believe that there are no circumstances strong enough to deter you from reaching your goals. Believing that something good will happen is the first step. Remember too, that positive thinking can be contagious. When positive thinking spreads, it can open doors to new ideas, friends, clients and connections, etc.
Without persistent action, with self-confidence is still not enough. You have to take action, no excuses are allowed. This action must also be persistent. Trying once and then giving up is not going to be enough. Keep at it one step at a time. If you can’t get by a certain step, then find a creative way to try again or just go around it.
As an entrepreneurs, you need to look ahead and see yourself where you want to be. Maintaining a strong belief in yourself and your skills, sticking with it, and never giving up. If you can do that, you’re already half way there!