Posted by: andreasonlinebiz | February 7, 2009

Characteristics of the Successful Entrepreneur

Okay, you’ve started your business. You’re so excited. You know that you can build this business. You can do it! You can be a successful entrepreneur! Or can you?!

What are the common characteristics of a successful entrepreneur?

The best way to answer this question is to identify what a successful entrepreneur does. When I look for a successful entrepreneur, Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the Rich Dad series, comes to my mind. Knowing what he wanted to create, he kept going despite many “apparent failures.”

Reflecting on Kiyosaki and other successful entrepreneurs, I realize that they display the following characteristics:

  • They are visionaries – clearly know what they want to accomplish.
  • Have a plan or strategy to achieve their goals.
  • Maintain a routine to complete the required tasks for achieving their goals.
  • Persevere despite the challenges they face.
  • Are problem solvers – think outside the box.
  • Have a mentor, who coaches them and candidly identifies the issues including any self-destructive behaviour patterns.
  • Ask for help.
  • Apologize genuinely and take responsibility to rectify the situation.
  • Take action.

It’s easy to look at that list and think, “That’s not me. I could never be a successful entrepreneur.” Don’t be overwhelmed. Instead, think of the list as traits to work towards. Which of these characteristics do you already demonstrate? Applaud yourself.

Which characteristic would you like to develop? Take the time to reflect on specific ways you to improve it. Could you read a book, or find someone to help you improve this skill?

Remember, you already are a successful entrepreneur. Tenaciously hold the vision of your success and it will ultimately become your reality.

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  1. Congratulations on finding your niche and this blog! You have taken action in an area you love- writing!
    Very much appreciate your candor in sharing openly.
    Success is very personal and each of us has the right to define what success means for us. Guard your personal vision jealously and may your core values drive your steps.

    • Ann:

      Thank you for your encouraging words. I appreciate your comments about finding your own definition of success. I look forward to your comments on future posts to this blog. Have a great day!



  2. Hi Andrea,
    So you are a Baby Blogger, so what! Have you ever seen a newborn baby walk? Everyone I know starts off crawling and by means of progression walks at a given time. This scenario can be true of you.

    Follow your dream, the sky is the limit!
    Let no-one steal your dreams!.

    Much success,

    • Hortense:

      Thanks for your encouragement and words of wisdom. I encourage you to hold onto your dreams as well. Let’s support each other in the process.

      Have a blessed day!


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