Every entrepreneur must understand that in order to achieve success they cannot afford to rest on their laurels, but instead they need to focus on what is important and spread their passion.
Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code to become a CEO or entrepreneur. Virtually we are all born equal, so these qualities and skills can only be learned, and what happens next (your childhood, your development, your education, your experience, your behavior and your decisions) is what defines you.
It may surprise you that growing up with nothing or with fewer chances than others, does not decrease your chances of achieving great success in life. Instead, growing through adversity, in a competitive environment, can have a positive impact on your career. It all depends on how you use that experience.
So why not get rid of the conventional wisdom and myths about leader’s pedigree and other trivial talk, and focus on what’s really important: the need to control things today and that can make a difference in what you achieve in the future.
Entrepreneurial Success Qualities
Although there is no formula for success, there are some common themes that can be seen over and over again in those entrepreneurs who excel.
There is a phrase in Star Wars that really resonated with me: The Force can have a powerful influence on those of weak mind. The same applies to the lies flatter around people in a position of power. I’ve seen dozens of entrepreneurs surrounded by people who all agree and flatter the executive. Sooner or later, not receiving honest feedback ends up affecting the employer.
How to influence others
Great entrepreneurs are passionate about their work. There is always something they need to demonstrate or achieve. That kind of desperate obsession is what drives and motivates those around them. It is instinctive and contagious and it is conducive to creating succesful and eficient teams. The characteristics of leadership, emotional intelligence and employee involvement can have a positive influence on others and give the competitive advantage to a company.
How to focus
The first rule of a startup is the focus. First, you focus on finding a good concept or idea. After that, a way to devise that concept and how to show it to the potential target audience, in order to get consumer traction. What follows is climbing the business. Focus on how things are done. If you cannot focus on what is important and mute outside noise, you better not quit your daily job.
Who we are
We spent much of our lives trying to find and understand what we do. That comes with the territory. If you still cannot find it, keep looking and you’ll know when you find it. It is important that you do because only knowing who you are and what you’re capable of doing will give you the opportunity to do extraordinary things.
There is no 40-hour workday
You get in life what you put into it. There are no shortcuts to success. There is no such thing as a miracle pill or silver bullet that can help you achieve great things without working hard every day. So a suitable and achievable plan should be conceived from the beginning so as to have every chance of success, and to ensure eventualities dont drastically curtail a successful program.
How Businesses Operate
Not born with this knowledge, but at some point, every great entrepreneur learns how the business world works. Capitalization, sales, customer relations and negotiations. If all this scares you, welcome to the big leagues of the working people. You can delegate some of these tasks, but you must understand first.
There is no reward without risk.
Today, anyone can call himself an entrepreneur, but if you’re not risking anything, then you’re not an entrepreneur. If it was easy or safe to get where you are, that means that you are not really into entrepreneurship.
Finally, the entrepreneur has to be speculative and somehow bet on what they believe will work in the long-term. If you are not willing to take everything, consider getting a better job. But if you think you have what it takes to succeed, take these basic concepts and use them.