The Top 10 Traits of Successful Entrepreneur’s

What traits do all successful Entrepreneur’s possess that really distinguishes them from the unsuccessful Entrepreneur’s? Is it that they are smarter? Are they lucky? Were they just born into it and therefore deserve the success? Or are they just flat out better looking than the unsuccessful Entrepreneur’s?

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you are probably familiar with how I go about answering the questions that I ask myself…

I start off with the question to myself, in this case “What makes an Entrepreneur successful?” and then I go to work.

I read a ton, taking notes and highlighting books on the subject like it’s a disco party. I watch movies based on the experiences of what I’m trying to learn, and I speak with people who have done what I am looking to do.

So, I did just that and came up with 10 traits that are common among all successful Entrepreneurs I have spoken with.

This is in no way the only traits that make successful Entrepreneur’s but is a common theme among the Entrepreneur’s I have met/studied and learned from.

If you’d like to learn more about what I think about all of these traits, click on the link and it’ll take you to an expanded version of that subject. I wanted this to be a quick read for ya!

1. Confidenceconfidence in who you are and what you have to offer. Confidence truly separates people and you’ll notice it when a confident person walks into the room and so will everyone else.

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2. Humilityknow that you are knowledgeable about your subject, but be willing to learn from those who know more than you!

3. Visionyou’ve got to know where you are going to understand the steps it takes to get there.


4. ActionTaking action separates those who are successful from those who never try and ultimately fail.

5. FaithYou’ve got to belief 100% in what you do.

6. Courageyou can’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone. It could be the difference between success and failure.

7. Communicationeffective communication allows you to get more done and is essential to forming relationships

8) PersistenceKnow that what you are doing now will pay off in the end

9) PunctualityStep 1) Show up.  Step 2) Show up on time. Step 3) Show up on time, ready to work.

10) PASSIONyou must have a passion for what you are doing.

Chris Hughes

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Edward - February 24, 2010 Reply

Great post Chris! Love the pictures too!
I think the point number 10 Passion is a wrapper for all of the other points.
Without it I believe and have experienced that none of the others will be able to move through rough times. I also rank BELIEVE up there really high too! Very successful entrepreneurs believe that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! How about you?
Make it a great day!
God Bless,
-ed

Donna Merrill - February 24, 2010 Reply

love this blog. Especially the way you broke it up with pictures. So Easy on the eye and the content is great!

brucebackman - February 24, 2010 Reply

Thanks for sharing Chris! This is a great list to simply examine yourself and evaluate how you fit in. I appreciate the thought and effort that went into creating these top 10 traits. You could create an entire book by expounding upon each of these individually…great job!

susanne Marra - February 24, 2010 Reply

Direct, to the point, I love that. Thank you.
Susanne

Chris Hughes - February 24, 2010 Reply

Thanks Edward! Passion definitely wraps it up nicely I felt, without it there wouldn't be anything!

I forgot about the BELIEF but that is definitely an important trait. Do you think that it would go along with confidence in yourself and believing that what you are doing is going to work?

Believing that anything is possible is the reason for so much innovation in our lives and I'm glad that you believe anything is possible as well! It just goes to show that great minds think alike and I believe that ANYTHING is possible and Impossible is Nothing. (Wrote a blog on that at http://whoschrishughes.com/450/impossible-is-no… )

Thanks for the comment bud! You rock,
Chris

Chris Hughes - February 24, 2010 Reply

Hey Donna thank you for loving my blog 🙂 i've been trying to improve it as I go along to make it easier for you and others to enjoy the content I share 🙂

If there's anything you need feel free to let me know!

Chris Hughes - February 24, 2010 Reply

Hey Bruce thank you for the comment, you are absolutely right about being able to create an entire book on each of these traits… I just wish that Napoleon Hill was alive to write it with me haha 🙂

I'm trying to incorporate each of these traits into my daily life to constantly improve myself as a person and also as an Entrepreneur. Thanks for visiting feel free to come and share as much as you'd like bud!
-Chris

Chris Hughes - February 24, 2010 Reply

Hey Susanne, thanks for the comment 🙂 I figured it would be good to have a short, concise list so that those in a hurry (as most of us are on the internet) would be able to get value in a relatively short time.

If I can help you with anything, let me know 🙂
-Chris

nancyburkebarr - February 25, 2010 Reply

Hi Chris!

Great guidelines! Follow all 10 and you will never have to worry about being successful! The area that I struggle most with, is confidence. How about you?

Nancy
“Mentor Mama”

Chris Hughes - February 25, 2010 Reply

well Nancy, for school and classes its Punctuality, however I have been getting better as I get older. I find that some of the professor's in the higher level classes allow for me to share some Entrepreneurial insight to the classes and that they have helped me with understanding how what I'm learning applies to being an Entrepreneur.

Before the upper level classes the professors kind of “force fed” information that really was irrelevant for my career choice..

How can I help you with building your confidence? I've found that positive self-talk has helped me with this, have you tried that?

-Chris

Chris Hughes - February 25, 2010 Reply

well Nancy, for school and classes its Punctuality, however I have been getting better as I get older. I find that some of the professor's in the higher level classes allow for me to share some Entrepreneurial insight to the classes and that they have helped me with understanding how what I'm learning applies to being an Entrepreneur.

Before the upper level classes the professors kind of “force fed” information that really was irrelevant for my career choice..

How can I help you with building your confidence? I've found that positive self-talk has helped me with this, have you tried that?

-Chris

Courage Crystal - July 6, 2010 Reply

Being courageous enough is really needed in any aspect of our lives, especially when it comes to business matters.

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