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6 Critical Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 3/03/2016 Richard Lorenzen
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In order to run a successful business, in any market, entrepreneurs need to have a certain set of skills. These skills allow them to master a niche within their profession, take on the challenges that come with running a business and push through the hardship that comes with having this type of career. Entrepreneurs come in all different shapes, ages, types and sizes. However, there are a few critical traits that all successful entrepreneurs tend to have. Learning from these traits and what these individuals can do with these skills is a great way to make sure that you are on the right path towards a more successful future for your business.
1. They Do What They Enjoy, But They Take It Seriously
Any truly successful entrepreneur will tell you that they love what they do. A successful entrepreneur is someone that does what they enjoy. Many find that if you really enjoy what you are doing and are passionate about your business that passion and joy will be reflected in your business's success. Simply put, entrepreneurs go after their passions and do things they are truly passionate about.
However, this doesn't mean it is all fun and games. Having fun with running your business does not mean you are living a life of leisure. These individuals also take what they do very seriously. No matter how much fun they are having doing what they love, they never forget to take their business seriously and keep their nose to the grindstone.
2. They Plan Everything to a Tee
Successful business owners are successful planners. It takes so much to run a successful business. You need to be able to juggle a lot of responsibilities and wear a lot of hats. How exactly do you do this? By planning. You need to be able to plan everything down to a tee. Entrepreneurs know that planning doesn't just end with their formal business plan. They need to always be adapting to, tweaking and following their original plan and creating new plans that will only breed more success. If you look at today's most successful entrepreneurs, I guarantee you they are organizers and they are planners.
3. They Never Forget About the Customer
Successful entrepreneurs know that their business is not about the price of their goods or services, or what their competition is doing; their business is all about their customers. The customers and clients are the individuals that determine how successful a company will be. A truly great entrepreneur places great value on their customers and their customer's needs and they do not let other things get in the way.
4. They Work to Become Experts In Their Niche
Any successful entrepreneur isn't just a savvy business man or business woman, they are also an expert within their niche. Truly profitable entrepreneurs know that they need to be seen as expert not only at running a business but an expert their industry. The more people that look to your expertise, the better off you will be in business. After all, you wouldn't visit a plumber run by the best businessman in the world if he didn't know anything about plumbing. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban once said, "I still work hard to know my business. I'm continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I'm always selling. Always." It may take a lot of extra work, and a lot of extra studying, but a truly successful entrepreneurs knows their business inside and out above all things.
5. They Value Their Reputation
Your reputation is one of the best cards you have to play as an entrepreneur. You can have a business with great products in a great location, but if you do not have a great personal reputation as a business owner you will never be as successful as you know you can be. You can't buy a good reputation, you have to build it. This means being honest, honoring your promises and treating your customers well. It is so hard to manage the damage of a poor reputation, which is why so many entrepreneurs value their name and their image so much in their business. It is the key to gaining trust from the public.
6. They Get Involved
Successful entrepreneurs know it is important to give back to the communities that help support their business. If you look at today's most successful entrepreneurs, whether it is the baker down the street, or Mark Zuckerberg, you will find that they have charities and organizations that they are passionate about and that they actually get out and get involved in their local communities. Whether it is serving on a board, donating to the local food bank, getting involved in local politics, volunteering or organizing community events, it is important to get involved and be an active member of the community that supports your business.

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