Over the last ten years, I’ve worked with and met many small companies, retail shops and entrepreneurs who create and sell beautiful products, and I’ve discovered a common theme among those individuals. These are road-warriors, visionaries, and tinkers of possibilities that help move our world into a better place simply because of their love of what they do and in return, create a successful business.
These are the six common traits:
1. Opportunity is everywhere.
These individuals are listeners. They are never too busy to listen to a possible new business alliance, joint venture or partnership. Ready to give even five minutes from their busy schedule to meet, discuss, learn, negotiate and in the end, create a possible win-win opportunity for themselves. They don’t say “no” quickly, rather they believe in the power of “Yes.”
2. Long-term vision.
In addition to loving what they do, they have a long-term vision that drives them forward. True believers in their vision, it is a business quest that needs to fulfil.
3. Continual Learning.
Finance, negotiating, hiring the right people are all new skill sets as an entrepreneur you’ll need to foster. Attending conferences, building a secure network, reading leadership books and enlisting a mentor for guidance are all tactics a successful entrepreneur builds into their business.
4. People friendly.
“It’s the power of your network!” they’ll say. But you’re right; some entrepreneurs prefer to be on the backend of their business activities, spending most of their time fine tuning their products. But most enjoy and are energized by people and look forward to meeting new clients and expanding their network. While a successful business is not solely dependent on a single factor, most who are not people friendly usually take on a partner who would handle the people side of things.
5. Curiosity leads the way.
These individuals are typically testing or fixing something, which usually leads them to be progressive in the business side of things. They are always learning, pushing the envelope of what their product or service can do for their brand and business. Even as simple in how they respond to an email or how they greet you at their shop are usually different.
6. Eternal Optimists.
You can’t get into your own business without seeing the world half full. That’s us; accused of wearing rose-coloured glasses and being too much of a Polly-Anna. But we wouldn’t want it any other way.