Hello Friend :),
Today, I would love to show you 10 characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and the benefits that can be garnered if you are willing to take ACTION and put one or more of these into practice.
These characteristics are not just advisable for entrepreneurs but anyone looking to better their life. The benefits that you will get from putting some of these Characteristics to use are really mind blowing and amazing. You could get
– a healthier lifestyle
– a healthier bank account ( cha ching )
– less anxiety and stress
– setting goals and achieving them
– less anxiety
– more energy
– personal development
the list of benefits could go on and on.
Usually it has been proven that as we grow old, we are less likely to change some characteristics that have turned into habit over time but it is necessary to understand that no matter your age, or circumstances, You can be successful as well.
The one advantage anyone has/had(once you take action) over you is TIME! yes friend. How they have used theirs, but TIME is also what makes us equal as we all have 24 hours in a day. From the bill gates, warren buffets, of the world, the tai Lopez’s, Marc lalonde, Kyle and Carson and every other successful person you have on your vision board.
What characteristics do Successful Entrepreneurs possess that can be put to good use by you?
Here is my list of characteristics successful entrepreneurs possess and How you can put into them into practice.
1. Always keep learning.
Life long Learning is one habit successful entrepreneurs encourage. This is one characteristic you should try to put to good use as learning on any scale gives you so much advantage.
Charlie Munger ( aged 95 and worth 1.6 billion USD as at 2019) and Warren Buffet ( aged 88years and worth $83.7B. As 2019 ) are big advocates on the benefits of lifelong Learning and believe it has been a key attribute to their growth even as they have aged. If at their age and Financial success they still act on this principle, that’s a success story in itself.
To help you become better at learning and grasping information faster and helping it is more fun, there are a few tips i can offer you.
Fundamental to your learning process is that you need to know and chose the type of learning style that works for you. Knowing the learning style that works for you would serve as a big boost in your learning, also knowing about other learning styles might spark a new curiosity that you can try to see which one works best.they all do and i have benefited from fine-tuning my learning style and even trying out new learning styles.
There are Seven different learning styles you should know about. These are:
The Seven Learning Styles
- Visual (spatial):You prefer to learn to use pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer to learn using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer to learn using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer to learn using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer to learn using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
You can read a complete Overview into the different learning styles here
personally I have found that Solitary, Logical and verbal learning styles work bests for me. i would love to know in the comment sections what learning style you think will work for you.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
2. Deserve what you want.
The safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want.
It is such a simple idea, it should be a golden rule not just in your business but in your daily life and journey to personal development, You are trying to deliver to the world what you would buy if you are the World, It gets kind of twisty but you get the drift.
Most people go through life not known what they want, talk less of deserving what they want.
What do you want? answering this particular question as detailed as possible gives your mind a target. You could take a pen and write down now. “What do you want?” there is a wrong way to answer this question. Here are two answers i would let you be the judge of which one of these answers DESERVES WHAT THEY WANT
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Mr. JOHN – ” I want to make more money”
Mr. CARTER – ” I want to be make more money by being an entrepreneur as a successful Affiliate marketer”
both are good answers but while one is a fantasy, the other kicks the mind into “what next” mode?
which one of these two Men are you? who do you see with a higher chance of completing his goal?
When Mr. John tries anything and encounters an obstacle he is stuck as there is no purpose. Mr Carter on the other hand would be focused on what he can do to achieve What he wants/deserves.
This might include training, having coaches/mentors, reading more on how he can achieve his affiliate marketing dreams to generate income or joining this awesome community where HE learns how to make money online as an affiliate. 😉
“You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” —Steve Garvey
3. Be a Survivor
Life is unfair, harsh but true, but you should never allow yourself to feel like a victim. Everything that happens, (skips the cliche) happens not for a reason but for a decision you have made good or bad.
You need to own up to it and make the required adjustments. In your business or in your Life you should be able to see Opportunity in Challenges. Thomas Edison had 1000s “failed” experiment before he created the light bulb.
On those “failures” he is famously quoted to have said
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Just think how dark our lives would have been had he given up on the 999th try.
4. KNOW ALL OF THE BIG IDEAS
To know all the big ideas means you have to be eclectic. i.e deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
“A man who doesn’t know what happens before he was born goes through life like a child ” – Ceciro.
There are a lot of things you should know asides history and these things are the big ideas in all the other disciplines.
You do not want this knowledge only as a conversational tool or to get an A in an exam but you would want to have them in such a way that they are mentally ingrained in you and you can automatically use them for the rest of your life.
This is by no means a call for you to be well grounded in everything in life as that is impossible, but you should know a little more about Life outside of your comfort zone. It pays to know a little biology as an engineer or to know how to change a light bulb as a doctor. 😉
the best way to achieve this is by reading. And it is easier now. i read at least a book a week. Listening to audio books. ideas’ begets ideas.
An easier way i have found is by listening to other people talk on WHAT they are passionate about. This way you get to meet more people, so when next you feel the urge to speak when you are with people, try to listen more than you speak. you learn a lot more that way.
if you do this, you are bound to experience new ideas and feel more competent than you have ever felt.
5. Double check your work ( be a perfectionist )
here i am taking my own advice. 🙂
Remember when we spoke about deserving what you want? well, if you wanted to be treated by a doctor you, would want your doctor to be perfect or close to? so anything you do in business or in your life should be double-checked.
No one is perfect, but double checking your work is something you should learn to do.
Before a plane takes off, the pilot and copilots double checks everything, you might have seen it in movies or simulations where you hear the pilot say ” engines” and the copilot responds “check” and the toggle the switch just to double check.
You are your own pilot and copilot.
Here are some tips on how to efficiently double–check your work:
- Read Your Work Backwards. Reading backwards helps you spot those spelling mistakes easier.
- Set Your Work Aside. After getting the basic stuff out of the way, it’s time to look at your flow.
- Print It Out and Read It.
6. Organization ( 10 minutes )
You can improve your productivity in 10 minutes by doing this very simple task in the morning.
Do not be fooled by thinking you can go about solving all your problems on the fly. You really want to outline some important tasks you feel would make a lot of impact in your Life.
Take a pen and paper every morning and write down 5 things you would love to get done by the end of the day.
You do not have to do all of them but try to accomplish at least 3 of the five tasks. I started with 7 things i must accomplish every day, and since I learned this practice, I can assure you i am more productive on days i organize and do more, and i am very unproductive on days i try to live on the fly.
This is a practice you should try to make a habit. It is also fun to do this a night before you go to bed, as you sleep with the exciting activities you would love to accomplish the next day, it gives you a big WHY? that wakes you up.
with that little extra bump in your step.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
On a general scale you and I are becoming less focused. In a recent study, it has been discovered that the average attention span of a golden fish is 6 seconds.
That’s small right, Humans now have an average attention span of 5 SECONDS! yes! that is absolutely correct. So a golden fish has more of an attention span than we do.
How do you think that is?. Ever tried to search for something on YouTube and one of those pesky adverts pops up and next thing you are doing is downloading an app or watching a different video so far off from what you actually do?
How many times have you picked up your phone to distract yourself from “Boredom”. Learning to stay focused and accomplish your set goals and objectives, goes hand in hand with accomplishing your set tasks.
Remember the one equating factor we all have as successful and about to be successful( i am calling you that already because you can be) people? TIME.
Why waste it on frivolity. Here is a little trick that helps, use those pesky things you enjoy as a reward for accomplishing the important things in your life.
Everytime i write a blog post and i post it? i allow myself sometime on YouTube watching something i like. The reward always motivates me and helps me stay focused. You can try something similar, pick a task you know you absolutely have to do but do not feel like, look for a suitable reward. Then START!
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
8. Do not always learn through trial and error
Most people go through life with the idea that they have to “experience” everything to learn. I used to be one of those with such a narrow-minded view on Life but watching a talk by Tai Lopez changed all of that for me.
Balance is key to Life so while we learn best from personal experiences, A wise entrepreneur should learn from other peoples experiences Also.
You know to look both ways before you cross a highway, I sure hope you did not learn that from being hit by a car, but rather from other peoples experiences.
“Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own.”
― Gina Greenlee
9. Live life without fear.
Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.
Fear is a learned response that tricks your mind into maximising the iminent feeling of “perceived” danger.
If you had to do something for the first time like sky diving and you have a fear of heights like i do, you probably would spend the whole night before restless and sick to your stomach, thinking of how to pull out.
This feeling of dread would probably follow you till you get on a the plane, and till you are pushed out when the plane is 11 thousands feets in the air.
And the split second after jumping out of the plane, you see how beautiful it really is looking down. if this story looks similar it is because it is a true life story told by will smith about his first time sky diving.
so worrying was not nly wasted but you spent the whole night you should have enjoyed doing something fun in preparation in dread. in retrospect, it is never worth the price to be afraid of new adventures and experiences.
” God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror ” – Will Smith.
10. Wake up Early.
This is the last but to me it has been one key characteristic to achieving more and maximizing time.
This amazing video on the shocking power of waking up early helped me. I am hoping it helps you too.