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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

8 Powerful Traits of Incredibly Successful Entrepreneurs Around the World

8 Powerful Traits of Incredibly Successful Entrepreneurs Around the World

We love listening to the amazing and thrilling stories of successful entrepreneurs. Sometimes we think there is a piece of magic attached to how they attain their goals and become successful at building a venture.

The truth is that it is not simple magic, it is effort, it is time and a whole lot of commitment that gives birth to success at the end of the day.

And while they keep at their journey and chase after the success of their dreams, they display some kind of energy or trait that you won’t see in many people. These traits are what help them succeed and define a new path or a new venture.

1. They are strongly passionate.

Successful entrepreneurs only pursue goals they are truly passionate about. This passion is what drives them to complete their goals and see it through.

While others work for work sake, they consider work to be fun or something joyful since they are passionately driven about it.

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To become a successful entrepreneur requires you making a choice of pursuing those activities that you are truly passionate about.

2. They are goal oriented.

Are you able to streamline your goals and only focus on the three most important ones? Successful entrepreneurs do not chase everything that comes their way. Rather they choose extremely important goals and pursue them with ambition and intensity.

Unlike most people, they only pursue goals that are realistic and attainable over the period they have assigned to it.

When you start becoming consistent with achieving your goals, you will start attaining more success in whatever venture you are pursuing.

3. They are able to delay gratification.

Successful entrepreneurs know that success does not happen overnight. It takes time. And before whatever they are pursuing meets fruition they need to have a sustaining power of perseverance and grit to go through such period of wait.

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Successful entrepreneurs can delay gratification. They can wait and be patient to see dawn after a long night.

4. They have good communication skills.

They can communicate their thoughts and intentions effectively. They understand that their goals may not be reached out of their singular effort. They need the support of other people to reach certain goals.

But even when you have a great team, it is also essential that you have great people and communication skills to be able to pass your message across to them.

5. They are courageous.

Let’s face it. It takes courage to take risks and be willing to face challenges. It is so easy to stay in the comfort zone and not have the pressure of turning an idea into a success.

That is why successful people are really courageous. Good is not enough. Rather than settle, they will shoot for great instead; even if it takes them facing all the risk, they should.

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6. They believe in what they go after.

You could call this self-belief or conviction. Whatever term you term it will be, successful entrepreneurs have intense self-belief.

They know if they want something so bad, they can reach it. They don’t believe in impossibilities or in “it cannot be done.”

7. They are innovative.

In the world of business, there is always competition and other odds that will meet an entrepreneur. The challenges are there but it takes an innovative mind to find solutions in the midst of problems.

Incredibly successful people search for answers and do well to minimize the negative factors that could work against them.

They are innovative and unconventional in the way they seek for new territories and new solutions.

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8. They are resourceful.

Resource could be in form of money or sometimes human capital. When starting out on a venture, incredibly successful entrepreneurs are able to generate the money they need to keep on going or the personnel that will be helpful in turning their dreams or desires into reality.

Final thoughts

Some of these traits may look obvious and simple, but they aren’t easy to do.

If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, the first thing you need to do is to ask yourself whether you’re passionate enough to do what you do even when you’ll fail a couple of times.

When you love what you do and aren’t afraid to fail, it’ll be a lot easier for you to take up other traits. And you’ll be a great step closer to success!

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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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