Successful EntrepreneurBeing an entrepreneur is both a frightening and strengthening journey. You’re going to find out a lot about who you are and the limits you can push yourself too. But beyond that, you may need some guidance on how to be the best entrepreneur you can be.

 

From one business owner to the other, here are some tips on how to be a successful entrepreneur:

Inspire Others

Keep in mind that while you are the driving force behind starting your own company, there are people surrounding you in support. All employees who work with you or under you need to value your mission, too. A good leader knows that it’s not about how much you achieve, but how much you inspire those around you to achieve. Bringing your team up with you ensures success for everyone involved.

Be Mindfully Resilient!

One of the hardest parts of being a successful entrepreneur is holding true while being bombarded with nay-saying. Many people along the way will tell you (politely or not) that they don’t share your vision or believe in your success. But you need to stay strong, and focus more on what’s possible than what people are saying is possible. Take intentional steps towards your goal, and hold strong to your ideas if you truly believe you can be successful with them.

Have a “Wow” Factor

A great way to stand out from every other entrepreneur is to bring some kind of unexpected value to the table. One doesn’t simply just become great- greatness is built out of actions. Being a leader means people will expect certain traits out of you. But a great way to surprise the people around you is to be better than they even expect. Listen better, speak thoughtfully, whatever it may be. Giving that little extra effort reminds your team that they are important to your entrepreneurial journey.

Be Consistent

Being disciplined in patience is a key skill for all successful entrepreneurs. But beyond that, you need to keep that patience consistent throughout your venture. Motivation may be what gets you going, but consistency is what will drive you to grow. Keep a solid and reasonable pace when you continue to grow and change in your career to prevent hasty or excited decisions from obscuring success.

Have Humility

There is no room for ego in entrepreneurship. Walking and talking like you know everything will only alienate those around you and highlight the areas you don’t really know much about! Entrepreneur leader John Maxwell says “a person must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” Being humble will be a long-term benefit to both you and your company.


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Excerpted from Rich Winley for Forbes Magazine: https://www.forbes.com/sites/richwinley/2018/01/22/john-maxwells-5-tips-to-becoming-a-better-entrepreneur-and-leader/2/#26f92cfe5e18