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Last Updated on April 15, 2020

8 Characteristics of Entrepreneurship That Will Lead to Success

8 Characteristics of Entrepreneurship That Will Lead to Success

Entrepreneurship can be one of the most fulfilling paths you can take.

Have you dreamed of starting your own business and how that might change the world? Are you looking for a faster and more consistent road to success on your current entrepreneurial journey?

Perhaps you are already on your way and looking for the best ways to scale your current business, while you still maintain control over your time and continue your pursuit of joy and happiness in your life.

Whether you are already an entrepreneur or aspiring to be one, there are time-tested tools, tips, and techniques that you can employ so you can enjoy more personal and financial success along with the ultimate rewards and satisfaction that being an entrepreneur can offer you.

In this article, you will learn about the characteristics of entrepreneurship that will help you become a successful entrepreneur.

2 Basic Rules for Being an Entrepreneur

Rule #1 – Mindset Is Your Fundamental Success Tool

As an entrepreneur, developing a positive and productive mindset should be your first goal and a fundamental characteristic that you work on daily.

Mindset is the cornerstone of success. Starting with a positive mindset will always be your best defense when you run into the inevitable challenges on the road to entrepreneurial success.

According to Stanford psychology professor and author, Dr. Carol Dweck, one of the world’s leading authorities on mindset, there are two types of mindset: fixed mindset and growth mindset.

Fixed mindset is a belief that you are born with certain traits and they are immutable or unchangeable.

However, Dr. Dweck’s primary focus surrounding mindset is on developing the growth mindset: a belief that learning new skills and abilities can be strengthened through commitment, persistence, and work.[1]

With a commitment to the growth mindset, you become an unstoppable force with access to unlimited mental resources that you will need for long-term success.

Rule #2 – Mindset + Strategy = Your Success Formula

With your positive and productive mindset in place, you can more easily implement your chosen and necessary strategies to start, grow or scale your business.

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A mentor once shared with me something that has always stuck with me:

“The most positive mindset is only valuable when you take action on the right strategies…and in turn, the right strategies are only temporary if you don’t have the right mindset. Mindset + Strategy = Success.”

Depending on your business, you will have multiple strategies at your disposal. It is not the purpose of this article to give you specific strategies for your market or industry.

What you will learn here are universal strategies that apply to any entrepreneur, for any business, at any time in history.

Here are 8 characteristics of entrepreneurship essential to success:

8 Characteristics of Entrepreneurship That Lead to Success

1. Be a Little Obsessed (okay, maybe more than a little)

Entrepreneurs start a business for one of two primary reasons:

The first is that entrepreneurs are passionate. We want to change the world with our visions, and we are obsessed with being a catalyst and driver for change.

The other is that we see a solution to a problem and a way to capitalize (read: make money) on that idea.

Typically, entrepreneurs share both of these reasons, but the most successful ones are driven by the passion for change. We have a very big “WHY” for doing what we do.

Having a clear vision will help motivate you to get out of bed every morning and make your mark on the world. So, be very clear about why you are on this journey. Then go ahead and be a little obsessed and reap the rewards of your passion.

2. Show Up Every Day With Everything You Have

Jim Rohn once uttered this powerful quote:

“What is easy to do is also easy not to do.”

It takes fundamental self-discipline and drive to achieve your goals as an entrepreneur. One of the greatest gifts of entrepreneurship is the ability to control your destiny. If you make good choices about where you direct your time, you can get a lot done quickly and efficiently, giving you time for self-care, family, recreation and the other things in life that are more important than a successful business.

The hidden landmine of being in control of your destiny is that it is also very easy for us to procrastinate, especially without some accountability. Procrastination can be the bane of our existence.

One of the most important characteristics of success in entrepreneurship is discipline. It is also one of the most challenging for many of us to master.

Let’s face it, there will be days when you just don’t “feel like it”. But the show must go on. Those moments require you to pull out your strongest mindset and discipline practices like your morning routine.

3. Practice a Solid, Productive And “Non-negotiable” Set of Morning Routines

One of the most important elements of productivity is to “master your morning.” If you master your morning, you will master your day. If you master your day, you will master your life.

This varies from person-to-person, but here are some activities that you will want to include in your morning routine:

  • taking some time for silence or meditation
  • visualizing your ideal outcomes
  • exercising
  • reviewing your goals
  • reading and training
  • planning
  • generating new ideas.

Practicing an effective morning routine will make you more productive, hone your self-discipline skills, and help you to chip away at your bigger goals, one small task at a time.

Developing an uninterruptible and non-negotiable morning routine protects your most valuable and creative resource: your time.

4. Persistence Prevails When All Else Fails

One harsh reality that every entrepreneur will face is what I call “hitting the wall.”

Hitting the wall can take many forms, including creative blocks, feeling like you are running out of ideas, a business or financial obstacle, or a personal challenge that tries to steal your focus. I would love to tell you that you can avoid hitting the wall, but realistically, you can’t.

So, what do you do about it?

This is where the previous attributes and characteristics of entrepreneurship come into play. The discipline of simply showing up every day with everything you have is powerful.

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In his inspiring and down-to-earth guidebook for anyone in the creative space, which includes entrepreneurs, The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield powerfully and eloquently addresses this idea. Pressfield refers to the problem as “resistance”, and the solution is simply being persistent, or as he puts it: “doing the work.”[2]

5. Be a Perpetual Learner

Stay hungry. Stay on the top of your game.

In today’s information-based society, tactics and strategies change in a heartbeat. Therefore, it is vital to your success that you stay up-to-date and on the cutting-edge of the latest developments in your field.

Equally important is reading (or listening to) books that inspire you and help keep new ideas flowing. Listening to audiobooks through platforms like Audible is a great way to “multitask” your daily “reading” with other activities, like working out or driving.

When you study successful entrepreneurs, you will find that daily learning and reading is a non-negotiable part of their success formula.[3]

6. Sharpen Your People Skills

Sometimes running a business can feel like trying to herd cats. Customers, clients, and team members all require a slice of your time in some form. While having the right team in place can bring order to your chaos, it will also take some effort and patience on your part to learn to manage that team.

No man (or woman) is an island. It takes a team; a community; a movement to build your tribe and create the ultimate satisfaction, success, and freedom you desire as an entrepreneur. To truly create a significant impact in the world, you will need more than just you.

Because everything in successful entrepreneurship requires human interaction, it is important that you sharpen your communication and leadership skills. This allows you to accommodate the various cultures and personality types that you will encounter on your path.

There are tremendous resources available to help you hone your leadership skills. If managing your team feels like you are herding cats, then take a cue from #5. Tap into the communication and leadership training you need to master your herding skills.

7. Acknowledge the Little Wins Along the Way for Both You and Your Team

When you are striving to achieve big goals, it is easy to lose sight of the smaller successes that happen along the way.

Entrepreneurs tend to gauge their successes based on hitting those bigger goals. But it’s the little steps that you will take, each and every day, that will ultimately make all the difference.

Take a little time at the end of every day (or during your morning routine) to acknowledge your wins from the previous day. This is important to do for yourself, as well as for your team members.

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Everyone loves to be appreciated. Your team and company morale will soar when you take time to acknowledge both the big and small successes accomplished by your team members. Have fun with this! It makes a huge difference in overall performance, productivity and even the health of your team.[4]

8. Remember to Take care of Yourself in the Process

Entrepreneurs are notorious for falling into one of two categories when it comes to self-care.

The first is always taking care of everything and everyone around them while neglecting to give themselves the same level of attention and care.

The second alternative is becoming so obsessive about their work and life mission that other important parts of their lives get out of balance.

If you are an entrepreneur (or an aspiring one), chances are that you have or will run into one of these two situations at some point. Neither one is particularly healthy. And neither one will provide high levels of sustained productivity over time.

Take the time to care for yourself while you pursue your dreams and your life purpose in the form of your entrepreneurial journey. That means eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, taking breaks throughout the day, getting regular, consistent exercise and plenty of sleep, and spending time with family and friends.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Regardless of whether you are embarking on the exciting and fulfilling journey of entrepreneurship for the first time, or if you are a seasoned entrepreneur, or even if you fall somewhere in between, take a little time to assess where you are with each of these areas.

Give yourself the gift of a quiet moment to review your current situation and perform an honest evaluation. If you have trouble with clarity in any of these areas, consider asking friends, family members, and team members how you are stacking up. You may be surprised at what you discover about yourself.

What other areas are important in your life and business?

Remember that successful navigation through the world of entrepreneurship requires reevaluation. There is no such thing as your life and business being separate. The two are intimately connected.

When you find the balance that works for you, the results can be inspiring and rewarding at levels you may not have imagined yet.

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Featured photo credit: Garrhet Sampson via unsplash.com

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Jeffrey Howard

Jeffrey Howard is a Serial Entrepreneur, Peak Performance Coach and Consultant, Bio/NeuroHacker, Speaker, Author, Trainer, Musician and Producer

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10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

Regardless of your background, times today are tough. While uneven economies around the world have made it incredibly difficult for many people to find work, the recent COVID pandemic has made things worse.

Regardless of age and qualification, stretches of unemployment have affected us all in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can control how we react to it.

Despite difficult conditions, there are many ways to grow and stay hopeful. Whether you’re looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, these 10 endeavors will keep you busy and productive. Plus, some may even help push your resume to the top of the next pile.

Here’re 10 things you should do when you’re unemployed:

1. Keep a Schedule

It’s fine to take a few days after you’re finished at work to relax, but try not to get too comfortable.

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As welcoming as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks makes you less likely to grow depressed or inactive.

2. Join a Temp Agency

One of the easiest ways to bridge the gap between jobs is to find temporary work, or work with a temp agency. While many unemployed people job hunt religiously, rememberer to include temp agencies in the search.

While not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Work Online

Another great option if you’re unemployed is online work. Many different sites offer a variety of ways to make money online, but make sure the site you’re working for is reputable.

Micro job sites such as Fiverr and Upwork as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all quick, legitimate options. While these sites sometimes offer lower pay, it’s always better to move forward slowly than not at all.

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Here’s How to Find and Land a Legit Online Work from Home Job.

4. Get Organized

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get organized. Embark on some spring cleaning, go through old boxes, and get rid of the things you don’t need. Streamlining your life will help you dive head first into the next chapter, plus it helps you feel like your unemployed time is spent productively.

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5. Exercise

Much like organizing your life, another good way to keep yourself enthusiastic and healthy is to exercise. It doesn’t take much to get slightly more active, and exercise can help you stay positive. Even a walk around the block a few times a week can do a lot for keeping you motivated and determined. If you take care of yourself, you can make the most of this extra time.

6. Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to use extra time when you’re unemployed. Additionally, if you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume.

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Not only that, doing good is a true mood booster and is sure to help you stay optimistic while looking for your next job.

7. Improve Your Skills

Looking for ways to increase your job skills while unemployed is a good way to move forward as well. Look for certifications or training you could take, especially those offered for free.

You can qualify more for even entry level positions with extra training in your line of work, and many cities or states offer job skills training. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills may make your job hunt easier.

8. Treat Yourself

Unemployment can be trying and tiring, so don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally. Take a reasonable amount of time off from your weekly job hunt to recharge and rest up. Letting yourself rest will maximize your productivity during the hours you job search.

Even if you don’t have extra money for entertainment, a walk or visit to the park can do wonders to help you go back and attack your job hunt.

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9. See What You Can Sell

Another good way to bridge the gap between jobs is to sell unused possessions. eBay and Amazon are both secure sites, but traditional garage sales are a fine option too. Sell off a few video games, or some electronics, for some quick and easy cash while you figure out a permanent solution.

10. Take a Course

Much like training and certifications, taking a class can be a good way to keep yourself sharp while unemployed. Especially when you’re between jobs, it can be easy to forget this option, as most courses cost money. Don’t forget the mass of free educational tools online: 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and may even help you learn some new, relevant job skills.

The Bottom Line

While unemployment numbers are still high, there are many things you can do to better yourself and move forward. While new skills to aid your job hung might seem out of reach, there are plenty of free ways to get ahead, online and off.

Additionally, don’t forget that taking time for yourself can do wonders for keeping you productive in your job hunt. While it is a challenge, don’t give up–being unemployed can offer you extra time to better yourself, and possibly grow more qualified to find work.

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