Could you be a successful entrepreneur? If you’ve been dreaming of owning your own business, bringing an idea to market, or launching a whole new industry—5 specific skills will help you achieve your goals.
Set Goals That Get You Out of Bed in the Morning
Great entrepreneurs are fueled from the inside. They have inspiring goals that keep them up at night, ready for the opportunity, and constantly building their skills.
If your goals are not inspiring, it’s not likely that you’ll feel motivated to achieve them. However, if your goals are rooted in a passion to do good, serve your community, and solve existing problems, you’ll be positioned for success.
One of the best ways to ‘test’ your goals is to examine what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Explore the histories of successful entrepreneurs and what motivated them when they started. Read autobiographies of your heroes and heroines. Explore the early roots of geniuses and great leaders. Find out how they got started and what they did to keep their goals at the top of their minds.
Tip: Pick a great entrepreneur you admire. Learn all about how he/she started, early passions, and how they set inspiring goals.
Get Passionate About Learning
To do great things, you have to be ready to learn. Learning can be stressful and there may be parts of your education that are not covered in formal schooling. For instance, you may have a passion for business, but the real work is not only found in college. To learn how things work in the real world, sign up for an internship. Be ready to learn on the job, and work hard to get real-life experience.
The important thing about learning is to always keep your passion for learning activities. When you are starting, you may not even know what questions to ask or what topics to study. When you are mid-career, you may realize that the times, technology, and tactics are changing. More learning and study are needed. Even if you’re successful, and considered an expert in your field, an openness to learning will keep you at the leading edge.
Tip: Strengthen your passion for learning. Set learning goals for this week, month, and quarter.
Boost Your Resilience
Being an entrepreneur is often compared to boxing. To be successful in business, you need resilience skills much like those of a winning boxer. You will get punched. You will fall. The key skill is to have the ability to get back up and keep moving forward.
Building resilience is something that starts right now and never ends. If you’ve studied great entrepreneurs, you’ll know this from real-life accounts. You know from your reading how entrepreneurs have overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
Difficult encounters can make amazing stories. As you read, look for skills of resilience. For every success, entrepreneurs applied their skills of determination, diligence, and grit. Just like a boxer, each entrepreneur practices psychological resilience, to get back up after losses or setbacks.
Tip: Explore how great entrepreneurs deal with setbacks. Make a list of practical tips that you can use right now.
Practice PMA – Positive Mental Attitude
One of the critical skills for success as an entrepreneur is learning about the power of attitude and thoughts.
In business, especially when you’re working for yourself, you will take risks. People respond to risks in different ways. For instance, taking risks can make you feel sick to your stomach. If so, this may be a sign of momentary anxiety. You may find yourself wondering, can anxiety cause nausea?
It turns out that yes, nausea can be one symptom of anxiety. By practicing a positive attitude, you can explore your options for treatment. This may include working with a therapist, seeing your doctor, or learning self-help therapies.
To be successful as an entrepreneur, practice a positive attitude. You’ll find that with an optimistic outlook, it’s easier to explore constructive approaches.
Tip: Identify areas of anxiety and stress. Take steps to lower stress on your own or with the help of a professional therapist.