What are the defining qualities of an entrepreneur? Will the world accept entrepreneurs, simply as people who’re eager to build new things and explore new ways of doing things?
In my research, I have learned that there have been studies concluded in the past, trying to predict business people’s personalities, trying to guess whether a person would be capable of becoming an entrepreneur. I believe that anyone, with enough determination and power of will can become a successful entrepreneur.
It doesn’t matter, you’re poor or you’re extremely rich – you’re going to fail, and you’re going to get back up again. Understand this very analogy, and you can consider yourself someone who understands one of the most important of skills that an entrepreneur can have: understanding, the ability to listen.
Entrepreneurs are expected to poses good qualities, especially when it comes to working with people closely, or closing business deals with other companies – which most likely have got more experience than you, at that very moment. I’ve created a little mind map, of what I think are the skills an entrepreneur should poses, in any given situation – if he wants to be successful.
It’s pretty clear, and it would not be possible without having proper creativity in the mix, the reason I’ve given it a separate bubble in this mind map. So, what are the seven ways of improving your entrepreneurial skills? I think it’s time we take a look at each briefly, and I’m open to comments and questions afterwards!
Love Your Work & Yourself
You’re accounting only to yourself, and as such – you should give yourself the space and time to relax, and let yourself enjoy life – if only for a brief moment. It’s easy to get caught up with business things, and it has been long known that business people tend to forget they’re actually able to enjoy life. Remember to put yourself first, forever and always. It will help your business side of things immensely.
Smalls Steps Lead to Big Successes
You will never get where you want to be, unless you’re willing to take small steps and do the same thing every day. It’s possible to just create a business, and let it generate you an income, but that is hardly what entrepreneurship is all about. You have to be determined, and so make sure that every day you’re taking another small step towards your own success.
Customers are Your Source of Money
Treat them well, or you might lose them. It’s okay to let one go from time to time, as it’s very possible he is only wasting your time and energy, trying to get out of that which you don’t even poses. Whenever you’re making new decision regarding your business, remember to think about the customer and how he will feel about the changes. Often, the best changes are made when both you and the customer agree to them. (think: surveys, data collection)
Keep Your Life on a Positive Vibe
It will only show that you’re happy with what you do, and that you’re able to see the positive side of things, as well as the negative. It’s easier to hold onto things that affect us in a bad way, as they make us feel more secure and we can go on and talk about it with everyone. Do things differently, be the guy who can inspire and help people through his positive energy. It’s an undervalued tool.
Make it About Your Expertise
You could run tens of hundreds of different businesses, but what is the point if you’re not an expert in neither of them. I really recommend that you consider your priorities, and figure out in which industry you’d like to become knowledgeable enough, to be called an expert. Then work hard to achieve that title, it will eventually become a part of you.
Help Everyone, Everywhere, Whenever Possible
Word of mouth might be your best type of advertising, and so make sure that you’re always helping people, without asking for much in return. It can scare people off, when you’re helping them – only to later get in touch with them and ask for help with promotional stuff and other type of marketing. Be gentle, and learn to spot the opportunity.
Take Your Time to Reflect, Relax and Unwind
The last tip I want to leave you with, to help you improve your entrepreneur skills is very simple, and yet so important it should be taken very seriously – you need to give yourself time to relax. It can get really messy up there in the mind, when you’re constantly producing results and all the time something new is happening.
I’m trying to take a break every two months, at least for a week. I’ll be around, but I’ll avoid doing tasks that require deep focus and attention – and when I return, I feel so much more energized and ready to do some amazing work again. Try it, try it now!
Improve Your Entrepreneur Skills
I’ve not been an entrepreneur for long now, but I’ve learned these things as I continue to build, grow and expand my own name across the world. I can tell you that it’s definitely worth it, and there is a lot of interesting stuff you’re able to learn – the ability to look at things from a wide variety of perspectives is one of them.