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8 Characteristics That Make Certain Entrepreneurs Wildly Successful

8 Characteristics That Make Certain Entrepreneurs Wildly Successful

Successful entrepreneurs surely have different talents and completely different ideas, but they all share some common characteristics which have helped them to stay on the right track and reach their goals. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the most important traits an ambitious entrepreneur needs to possess.

1. They are passionate

“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

If you want your idea to be realized, you need to be passionate about it and to really want it to happen. Wanting to earn a lot of money from your idea is perfectly normal, but it shouldn’t be the main thing that motivates you to succeed. You need to love what you do and be passionate about it in order to succeed. Loving your job won’t magically put you on top, but it will motivate you to become more detail-oriented and determined to make your dreams come true. Many famous entrepreneurs made their hobby into a career, just because they were so passionate about them. Think of what you like, and let your hobby improve your skill set. And, who knows, maybe it will become your career.

2. They want to change the world

“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” — Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

Whenever you ask an innovative entrepreneur what their goal is, all answers the are similar and have one common goal: to change the world. They think about impossible things to create and try to find a way to make it happen. On their journey, many creative ideas emerge and become real products, which slowly lead to a positive change.

Therefore, when searching for the right employees, successful entrepreneurs always look for people with the same vision – nothing is impossible.

3. They are mostly dog lovers

Wildly successful entrepreneurs have dogs who are treated like members of their family. This may seem as an irrelevant point, but having pets, not only dogs, makes us happier and gives us a positive attitude. All animal lovers understand the need for having a loving pet at home who will make you smile even if it is your worst day. That unconditional love is what makes people bond, helps them keep on going, and most importantly, it reduces stress, which leads to increased productivity and motivation.

Beast, Mark Zuckerberg’s dog, is probably the most famous pet in the world, with well over 2 million followers. If you are an entrepreneur and you are a dog lover, why not get one? If you think it’s a huge obligation, know that you can crate train your puppy quickly and effectively, with the help of a few easy-to-learn tricks and a bit of patience. Even Bill Gates has two dogs called Oreo and Nilla.

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All animals can boost your overall mood and remind you that you have a private life, and that you should focus on important things such as your family, partner, and children. As Richard Branson said: “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” However, family stays with you through the toughest of times.

4. They don’t give up

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

No one became successful by giving up when faced with a difficult challenge. The first mistake to make when things go wrong is to go along them. You need to go against your failures and use them to your benefit, and not just settle for less or quit. The most successful people in the world failed a lot of times before reaching the top, and if they had just quit at the first sign of trouble, they wouldn’t have changed the world and left a legacy.

Remember, failure is inevitable, but so is success.

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5. They invest in themselves

In order to make a successful company, you need to have a winning mindset, and if you want to develop something worthwhile, you need to improve yourself first. Many new entrepreneurs struggle with money, as it is really hard out there. Even the debts of regular households are increasing, so it is no wonder that entrepreneurs and startups face huge debts and money losses.

Manage your budget well and invest in your education first. Whether it is a course or an online lecture, you need to improve your knowledge. Later on, you can take a vacation in order to get rid of the everyday pressure and stress, but you should focus on self-improvement for now.

6. They always go for more

“Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google

If someone puts a limit to your idea, and says it’s all that can be done, don’t believe them. Use creativity and knowledge to go beyond the possible. Never do the expected, but strive for more. Surprise everyone and yourself by reaching higher goals. Doing only what is expected of you is pretty boring, but taking your job to the next level and being innovative is the main thing that will make you stand out from the crowd.

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7. They are persistent no matter what

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple

I like to look at being persistent as being spoiled. You want to do something and it’s your way or the highway. You won’t compromise and you won’t accept failure as an obstacle. But, you will be determined to make it right. You will forget the definition of the word “failure” and give it another meaning, which is a big step towards getting what you want. As Steve Jobs said, pure perseverance is the characteristic of a successful entrepreneur.

8. They are bike lovers

Many celebrities and entrepreneurs love bikes. Even the youngest billionaire in the world, Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook, still rides a bike to work. Recently, Larry Page, the CEO of Google, discussed his desire to get everyone to ride bikes. He has also suggested building an aerial bikeway, but we’ll give him some more time to develop that idea. Until then, the only air connection with a bike we accept is an aero road bike. Whether you choose an aero bike or a regular one, try including it in your daily routine.

Riding a bike, just like any exercise, releases endorphins which make us happier and more productive. Aside ffrom helping your mind focus better, your body will be thankful too, as you will improve your stamina and overall health as well.

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If you don’t have these characteristics, work on developing them and don’t be afraid to change the world. As I mentioned above, failure is inevitable, but with perseverance and hard work, so is success.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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