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February 23, 2010

The Ninth Trait of Successful Entrepreneurs


Punctuality can be simplified to:

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

It’s really that simple. If people notice that if you schedule a meeting with them or tell them a project will be done by a certain time, and it is done by that time they respect you more and respect your time more. However, if you arrive late to meetings and don’t finish projects in the time frame you provided, you lose credibility.

Just be punctual with everything you do. This is something I’ve been really focused on over the past year and a half and I’m noticing that people are starting to treat my time with the respect that I’ve wanted 🙂

Time to boogie?
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February 23, 2010

The Eighth Trait of Successful Entrepreneur’s

8) Persistence

Persistence is something that is essential to all successful people, whether you are an Entrepreneur or not. Things are hard, there’s no doubt about that. I’m experiencing this first hand with being a senior in college, building up a few different business assets, and trying to maintain a social life. Things are often VERY difficult in fact. Persistence will lead to success no matter what.

February 23, 2010

The Seventh Trait of Successful Entrepreneur’s

7. Communication

Vital. Vital. Vital. We’ve got 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. Listen twice as much as you talk. This allows us to learn about others and allows for us to learn about better ways that our product/service can help others. This also allows us to learn more, leading to more success for us!

All of the traits we have discussed in this post would be pretty redundant without the ability to get your message across to the relevant parties. If you cannot inspire, enthuse, motivate and excite people about your dreams then they will be that much harder to achieve. Excellent communication skills are critical in enabling you to interact well with people of varying personalities and values, many of whom will not necessarily share your passion or motivation. You will need to communicate yourself out of the many roadblocks that you will undoubtedly run into.

Being a more effective communicator takes time and can be learned. You can get a head start with this by taking a Dale Carnegie Course or joining Toastmasters.

Become an exceptional person, start conversations with people when you are out doing your daily chores. Interacting with people is fun and you never know, you might meet someone really cool or maybe an awesome girl/guy to date! I find that everywhere I go I am starting more and more conversations with people and I’ve been meeting awesome people! I’ve gotten some more dates (which was one of my New Year’s Resolutions) and I’m meeting some really cool girls to hang out with, which is great. Attractive and interesting girls kick ass so if you are one, let me know and maybe we can grab some tea or lunch and enjoy each others company (just don’t fall in love with me 😉 )

Tea & Voyage
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February 23, 2010

The Sixth Trait of Successful Entrepreneur’s

6. Courage

Success is scary. No doubt about it.

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” -Orison Swett Marden

The prospective entrepreneur frequently has to face their friends and family who do not always understand or support his or her desire for self-employment. I mean it’s so risky and uncertain, plus it’s draining on their time, energy, and resources. With courage you’ll be surprised at how often things work out even better than you had ever expected them to. Be courageous. It will pay off, I promise 🙂

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February 23, 2010

The Fifth Trait of Successful Entrepreneur’s

5. Faith

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” “Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought” -Think and Grow Rich Chapter 3 on Faith.

As an Entrepreneur, there will be many times when you will have to have to demonstrate faith in your idea, your partners and YOURSELF. But we will need to go beyond just the logical acceptance of the need for faith to actually finding this faith – it is not a tangible thing. Faith is something that requires that you reflect and consider your position and then continue against all the logical evidence because you believe in your dream.

So how can you obtain faith?

Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.

Develop an affirmation and repeat it to yourself every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep 🙂

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