The spirit of leadership and entrepreneurship is developed through your experiences and your surroundings. And sometimes just by the power of choice.
There’s power in choice. The moment when you say, I’ll do this; whether it is to lead, hate, love or to forgive, there’s a shift in your mind.
Nobody is naturally born with the DNA to be an entrepreneur or a leader. It is all about what you decide to make of yourself.
While there is no cookie cutter approach to success, there are some things that successful entrepreneurs all understand.
Here are 7 things.
1. There is no four hour- or 40 hour work week.
You get out of life what you put in. You reap what you sow. Your reward will be as big as the work you put in.
2. How to focus
Starting a startup is like putting your pen to a blank paper. You have to focus on your goals, execution, scaling then operating. If you are unable to focus each steps to success, keep your 9-5 job.
3. Know yourself
It is important to discover yourself and have an understanding of what it is that you want to do. Too many startups begin at the spur of the moment, then ends up failing because the founder’s passion has gone to a different project. Don’t let the moment of passion guide you, sit down and understand yourself before starting a business.
4. How to influence others
Great entrepreneurs are great evangelists. Their conviction is extremely contagious. Your conviction influences you, and your conviction spreads to your sphere of influence.
5. How business works
You don’t need to be the master of every tasks. But for you to successfully delegate, you must have an understanding of all operations.
6. BS when they hear it
Surround yourself with honest people. It is better to be constructively criticized than to be lied to.
7. There’s no reward without risk
You’ll never succeed as an entrepreneur unless you go all in. Don’t dip your toe in the water to see if you like it. Entrepreneurs put everything on the line to succeed.
Reference: Original 7 things great entrepreneurs know (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232087)