What is it that drives an entrepreneur to build a succcessful business?
If you think you know the answer, consider Bill Gates, arguably the world’s most famous and successful entrepreneur. If you had been in his high school class, would you have thought, “Well, obviously, this man bears the stamp of future greatness”? Probably not.
Truly successful business builders do seem to have some common traits, though, including:
• physical and mental stamina
• a drive to take control of their own destiny
• a competitive instinct
• resilience in the face of defeat
• good judgment
• the ability to inspire others
• an unfailing positive attitude
• great communication skills
This could be quite a daunting list, if you take the perspective that entrepreneurs are born, not made.
Fortunately, it’s clear that nobody is born with good judgment, and good communication skills need to be nurtured, even if you are gifted in that area. So some of the key traits can be acquired or enhanced. They often need to be, as not all entrepreneurs are natural marketers when they start out.
Some work hard to expand their skills. Others work in partnerships, where the partners pool their skills and parcel out the work accordingly. In many ways, they are as diverse as they are similar. Race, gender or age seems to be no bar to a successful business career.
But there’s one trait that is not so often mentioned, but which may actually be one of the most crucial: anxiety.
Not a pathological anxiety, of course, but merely the level of anxiety that won’t let you be satisfied until you have a deep understanding of all parts of your business and your business environment.
Successful business owners are constantly asking themselves questions. Is this product what the customers want? Is there a way to improve it? What are competitors doing in this area? Are they posing any new risks? They want to keep an eye on all aspects of the business. Are there problems with operations or marketing? What are the profit projections for the next three months? Is everything adequately financed?
Basically, successful entrepreneurs have trouble sleeping unless they have a good sense of what is happening in all areas of their business. And they need to be confident that all areas of their business are working well together. They need to understand every aspect of their business so that they build a “feel” for it. This means developing a business “vision” that is based on a lot of hard facts.
They’re in touch, so they can spot problems on the horizon. Or if there is a need for a snap decision, they can trust their intuition, because their intuition is built on solid foundations.
If you’re one of these “driven” business owners, and you feel the need to understand your business at all levels, that’s great.
And if the task seems a big one, seek help. The great entrepreneur can rely on great help.
Original article sourced from RAN One Pty Ltd