It’s important to state that no magic bullet can transform you into a wealthy and successful entrepreneur overnight. However, for those who are prepared to work hard to succeed, there is an almost formulaic blend of entrepreneurial skills that are required to understand how to become successful in entrepreneurship. Some of these entrepreneurial skills are:
- Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer
- Learn from the best
- Stay hungry and ambitious
- Never stand still; evolve with the times
- Nurture long-term business relationships
- Inspire those around you
- Trust your gut instinct, not just your spreadsheet
7 key components of an entrepreneur
Becoming successful in entrepreneurship doesn’t just happen overnight, but you’ll find the following components that are typically required to become successful in entrepreneurship:
Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer
No matter how many knock-backs and refusals successful entrepreneurs receive, they are always prepared to dust themselves down and find an alternative route to the summit. It’s this kind of tenacity which is required to take a business idea from the realms of the mind and transform it into a profitable business.
Fear of failure is one reason that many entrepreneurs fall by the wayside. Successful entrepreneurs view failure as a positive experience – something to learn from and overcome in the future. All entrepreneurs inevitably make mistakes along the path to success. But what matters most is that you own your failures and take full responsibility for the knock-backs and move forward quickly.
Learn from the best
Even the very best entrepreneurs of our time worked with other experts in their industry before going it alone. Finding a suitable mentor is a great way to learn more about your sector as a whole and, more importantly, the various facets of running your very own business. Your mentor may even have made mistakes in marketing themselves, but equally, that makes them the perfect person to learn from, giving you the chance to understand where they went wrong.
Stay hungry and ambitious
Running a successful business is not an ego trip for successful entrepreneurs. They desire to grow and provide a better product or service for their customers that keep them hungry and ambitious. The moment that an entrepreneur stops wanting to learn new things is the moment that complacency sets in, allowing others to overtake you and leave you behind which ultimately leads you to downfall.
Never stand still; evolve with the times
Any successful entrepreneur requires business agility, with the ability to learn and adapt to new methods, processes or technology that can make their business stronger and more efficient. Market needs have always been dynamic: both the business and consumer worlds are ever-changing and what worked years, even months ago might not work tomorrow.
Successful entrepreneurs are never too proud to accept when there are new opportunities to enhance their offering and better satisfy the needs of their customers and the market as a whole. A product developed strictly for your own needs would be classed more as a hobby; however, a product produced for the market must be designed to satisfy evolving market needs.
Nurture long-term business relationships
There is no two ways about it, business relationships matter. Almost always businesses will prefer to work with companies they like and trust. Your ability to nurture long-term working relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs within your industry will be one of the critical factors in the long-term success of the business. Most entrepreneurs would agree it’s far easier to secure work from repeat customers than it is investing time and money into acquiring new customers.
Business relationships also include access to finance too. Every entrepreneur wants the very best opportunity to see their business proposition to become an established company. This means entrepreneurs have to become highly investable. By nurturing relationships with angel and seed investors, venture capitalists, private investors and even banks, you can set the wheels in motion to secure that all-important entrepreneur funding.
Inspire those around you
Even the richest, most experienced entrepreneurs cannot be good at everything! All entrepreneurs require a team of people around them that complement their skills. The real power is not only hiring the best possible team to support you; it’s about hiring people who share your vision and passion. By inspiring and investing in your group, not only will they succeed but the business itself will too.
Trust your gut instinct, not just your spreadsheet!
Sometimes entrepreneurs can be found guilty of being wedded to their spreadsheets and data. However, in the real world of business, it’s never entirely as black and white as that! In some cases, your gut instinct and heart are still your very best guide for decision-making. Ultimately, no-one knows as much about your business as you do!
Which one of these characteristics do you agree the most? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!