The DNA of a Successful Entrepreneur …
Whether you are just starting to dip your toes into entrepreneurship, or you have been in business for a few years, we have all wondered at one point or another … What is a successful entrepreneur? Who is actually put into that category? (And walks the walk and talks the talk?) As I dove in and researched a bit more about the actual DNA of a successful entrepreneur (yah, put my nerd cap on again!) I started to see similarities that were undeniable. I am not comparing who eats avocado toast for breakfast and who doesn’t, but the tangible skills that one adapts for their own business.
With that being said, ready to dive on in?
Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.
~ Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone
Successful Entrepreneurs Plan Things …
Not just for the day, but often the year, and 5 years from now. They are passionate about what they do and in turn, they fuel that special creativity with a plan that is resilient. You want to make sure you have a plan that has all the possible scenarios; from best to worst. I can only imagine your curiosity about how this happens … You first need to know your why. (Blog coming out very soon about this so stay tuned!) Your why is what will fuel your ideas and passion for the next 5 years. By breaking it down into goals then into a plan, you can easily create your own success. You just need to plan it first.
Here is a way you can plan:
- Write down your why at the top of your paper.
- Write down a goal that would contribute to your why.
- Write down the steps it will take you to achieve that goal.
Keep in mind, you do not need to have all the answers. Truthfully, none of us do. So, if you need to research a step, just put “research” on your paper. Only write down what you already know, then just keep the mindmap going. This will help you from getting stuck in planning mode and start taking action on your goals!
Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months. ~ Daymond John, Founder, President and CEO of FUBU (and as we all know from ABC’s reality TV series; Sharnk Tank.)
Successful Entrepreneurs Serve with a Servant’s Heart …
This one item came up time and time again … You must care about the product, service and those who are impacted by it. Most of us go into business because we have a solution to a problem. But in reality, we still need to engage with the problem to know where it needs tweaked.
“I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.” ~ Steve Ells, Founder and Co-CEO of Chipotle
By serving with a servant’s heart, you are serving with the right motivation. You are driven by the results that your business brings because it propels you forward. You want to be honest and generous to those around you. (Trust me, I know from experience it comes back ten-fold.)
Successful Entrepreneurs Let Everyone Sit With Them …
He summarizes this pretty well, but I would like to add that in this day ‘n age, it is so incredibly important.
You want to make sure that you not only allow everyone to your table, but you also give them a voice too. I highly recommend joining different networking events and focus on connecting with those around you that have different business backgrounds and experiences.
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One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language. ~ Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
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