Entrepreneurs are an uncommon breed of people, because they see success where many other people see failure. Entrepreneurs plunge ahead even with potential failure staring them in the face; and this is largely because they possess uncommon characteristics that drive them toward uncommon success.
Here are four of such uncommon characteristics among others –
Stubbornness is often regarded as a negative trait, but it has its place in business and as a factor for entrepreneurial success. The best way stubbornness can be played out in business is by following your own heart when you see things others can’t see yet. Remember an entrepreneur is driven by visions and objectives that others cannot see until they materialize, so it is best to remain resolute and subtly stubborn when others can’t see or visualize what you’re seeing, until it actually succeeds and becomes visible to all.
Entrepreneurs think mostly of the future rather than the present. People see the present but they don’t see the future. People want immediate gains and benefits but entrepreneurs are willing to sacrifice these in order to actualize their visionary goals. They sacrifice immediate profits and comforts so as to be able to obtain the future they have envisioned for themselves and their business. They are forward-thinking and they do not allow distractions to derail them from their set purpose. They have a mindset that is positive and rigid, and they stand in the face of all oppositions until they carry through to achieving their business objectives.
Entertaining no fears for failure
Ordinary people see failure but entrepreneurs see challenges. Entrepreneurs consider problems and failures as challenges that must be overcome. This must be the mindset you must develop to succeed in business. Do not fear failure; but consider it as a lesson learnt. Thomas Edison was said to have failed thousands of times before he could eventually discover the way to produce the first light bulb.
When asked to comment on his failure before finally being able to produce the first light bulb, he simply said “I have not failed. I have simply found 10,000 ways that won’t work” with producing a light bulb. Today everyone has a light bulb to light up their homes because Thomas Edison refused to accept failures a thousand times over.
Eagerness to meet the needs of others
On the need to inquire into the needs of people before producing what they would need, Thomas Edison has an advice and an insight into how he did it. “I have never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what others need, and then I proceed to invent it.” To be a successful entrepreneur, you must be able to research into what people want and need; and then go ahead to produce a product that satisfies such needs and wants.