15 Tips to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

What makes an excellent entrepreneur?  Kelly O’Neil in his The Secrets of Success blog outlined 15 characteristics of an excellent entrepreneur. This is a result of his association with extraordinary and successful entrepreneurs.  Excellence is not inborn.  It is something you have to work at.  A high performing entrepreneur should care about his company and employees.  He values his word and looks for ways to improve himself and his business.  Unlike others who dwell on problems, he finds solutions to them.  He learns from his mistakes, considers suggestions from others, and excels in his undertakings.  He is willing to take risks and to do what needs to be done.  These traits eliminate mediocrity.

Excellence is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution, and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.

Over the years of working with amazing entrepreneurs, I’ve identified these 15 traits as markers of true excellence.

High-Performing Entrepreneurs:

  1. Aren’t just working for the money. They care about their company beyond the profits and take great pride in its performance, impact on society, and ability to help others through its offerings.
  2. Are truthful. They do what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it.
  3. Embrace opportunities. They look for — and find — opportunities to improve themselves, their work, and their business.
  4. Are focused on solutions. They don’t bring problems to the table without recommending a solution.
  5. Focus on CAN. High performers focus on what they can do rather than what they can’t accomplish.
  6. Don’t blame. When they make a mistake they own it, fix it and learn from it.
  7. Are busy, productive, and proactive. High performers are out there getting the job done.
  8. Are life-long learners. High performers constantly work at educating and improving themselves.
  9. Consistently do what they need to do. No matter how they feel or what curves life has thrown their way, they get it done.
  10. Have a desire to be exceptional. They will typically do things others won’t do.
  11. Accept feedback. High performers aren’t just open to feedback, they are more likely to act upon it.
  12. Set higher standards for themselves. The result? Greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and (of course) better results.
  13. Are more interested in effective than easy. High performers look for the course of action that will produce the best results over the long term.
  14. Finish what they start. Even when it’s not fun.
  15. Are resourceful. They figure it out and get it done….


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