Want to be an a Successful Entrepreneur? Don’t do these 5 things
Behaviors tend to have a say on an entrepreneur’s success rate. How do they react to long-term stress? How do they interact with the people around them? Are they focused or distracted?
We’re always hearing about the positive habits of successful people, but what about the negative behaviors they stay away from? High pressure and self-destructive behavior is a deadly combination. And that’s why so many of the individuals who lead the world’s most successful companies share a laundry list of things that they simply don’t do.
- They never panic. Panicking will rarely result in a resolution to a crisis or smoothly navigate a company through a situation for which there is no resolution. In the business world, high-pressure circumstances are fairly common for an executive, but remaining calm during a crisis is key to maintaining the respect and confidence of both employees and clients.
- They beat laziness. No matter how tempting that sofa might look, laziness is one of the main reasons that so much of the world’s potential remains unfulfilled. The more you work on something, the better the results. Consistency and hard work are two crucial ingredients for long-term success, and great entrepreneurs seem to be aware of this.
- They’re not selfish. The ability to say “no” to self-centeredness stems from the understanding that a business isn’t about who runs it, rather how customers react to the product or service. It might be hard to accept, especially for someone who built a company from scratch or climbed his way to the top of one, but it is outsiders who determine the future of a business. That’s why the most effective entrepreneurs are those who allow their clients a great deal of influence. It doesn’t matter how unimportant a client’s problem may appear, as it all comes down to one thing: the entrepreneur is the one serving the customer, not the other way around.
- They’re not fanatics. Sure, who says that you can’t open up a business just because you’re passionate about something? But there is an important distinction between passion and fanaticism, as the second leads to flawed reasoning and bad decisions. Each time you invest in an idea, in terms of both personal and professional values, you must step back to ground yourself and consider the worth of your vision. Going over the top never did anything good for anyone, so why should it for a CEO?
- They’re not overly sensitive. Most successful business executives have a fairly good sense of humor and excellent communication skills. Misinterpreting what someone says or being quick to take offence can be a grave mistake when handling huge contracts. Humility and a sense of humor are two major requirements to hitting it big in the business world.
If you’ve discovered that you’re suffering from one of the formerly mentioned faux pas, don’t worry, there’s still hope. A true entrepreneur recognizes his weaknesses and applies hard work and commitment to overcome them. Work on each of these five areas, step by step, and become the leader you know you can be.
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