25 Common Entrepreneurial Characteristics …

Most people think that success as an entrepreneur is all about how much cash you have in the bank.

However, it isn’t just about your money OR your idea … it’s about the characteristics one has in order to make it on the roller coaster (see last week’s blog post for reference). And just because you may not “house” these characteristics now, it doesn’t mean you can’t acquire them along the way. Especially if you want to improve your chances of success (and not just the money kind). Success doesn’t come from staring blankly at a digital screen reading awesome articles like this. It starts with and idea and the drive to make that idea a reality. And when I think of this grand process the first thing two words that come to mind is DARING GREATLY!

(Which comes from an extremely popular Brene Brown book; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead; that totally spun my world around and got me on the #BossBabe path that I’ve always dreamt of being on but was too scared.)


Daring greatly (v.)

The courage to be vulnerable, to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling, to have the hard conversations.


Now, take a seat and a metaphorical step back, and evaluate whether (or not) you have the following entrepreneurial characteristics …

  1. Motivation
  2. Optimism
  3. Passion
  4. Vision
  5. Focus
  6. Creativity
  7. Curiosity
  8. Ambition
  9. Empathy
  10. Flexibility
  11. Commitment
  12. Self-Confidence
  13. Integrity

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what us fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them. ~ Brene Brown, Author

  1. Professionalism
  2. Organization
  3. Adaptability
  4. Versatility
  5. Ethics and Integrity
  6. Open-mindedness
  7. Decisiveness
  8. Determination
  9. Resilience
  10. Tenacity
  11. Resourcefulness
  12. Communication


The research that brought about the writing of this list came from thinking about how many hats many of us are wearing at any given time as we attempt to keep standing tall in our WonderWoman (or Batman) power pose. (In case your new to the benefits about daily power pose practice, READ THIS). And that some days we must simply do our best to do all and be all – but in the same breath, that’s what’s so great about the virtual world … We can now work on the fly (or work while flying), anywhere we want, with anyone we want – and YES, that includes your gloriously talented remote team members from all around the globe!

Individually, we are on drop, TOGETHER, we are an ocean. ~ HappyLives360.com

And that’s one of the great things about the world of entrepreneurialism … absolutely anyone in the world can do it!

All you need is a solution to a problem that people will love and pay for, a plan for success followed with consistency (don’t skimp on this step – can’t stress that enough) in execution as well as developing a good handful of the characteristics mentioned above. And of course, a passion of knowledge … Never stop learning and always remember to #GIVEBACK.

Now remember, there isn’t really any “ideal” entrepreneurial personalities for any one entrepreneur to become successful. And as per Belinda Plutz, career coach at Career Mentors Inc., “Regardless of who writes the paycheck, we all need to work as if we work for ourselves.” So, if you are about to embark on the journey to be an entrepreneur, have just entered the journey or have been in the journey but have not yet seen success, you should consider adopting these traits by making them a part of your everyday journey on your screamingly fun roller coaster ride to success!


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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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