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When we see a successful entrepreneur, we’re observing only the surface of where they are in the present moment. We may admire their freedom from having a boss, the satisfaction they feel for being able to create, and develop something from scratch and the self-confidence that comes having control over one’s future. From the outside it appears that they have a lot going on that many working stiffs envy and would love to have. What we seldom see, or hear about, are the sacrifices, long hours, struggles and failures that are necessary to get to where they are today. These are the oft hidden, undesirable parts of what it takes to eventually reach success for people that make the courageous decision to start their own business. They are the aspects of going solo that entrepreneurs are willing to do that others are not. There are specific attributes that determine whether an individual has what it takes to make it as a business owner.
To be successful at running our own business, we don’t have the luxury of not doing things because we don’t feel motivated or are feeling down or discouraged. We need to keep going despite what we are experiencing emotionally. The better we are able to communicate with others and form strong connections with our staff, suppliers and customers the more smoothly the organization will run and the better our chances for success. Successful entrepreneurs are able to develop strong connections with others that help them overcome obstacles and help them to keep moving through difficult times. They are able to delay immediate gratification and sacrifice for a goal that may be a long way down the road.
Self-Confidence and Self-reliance
If the idea that you are starting from scratch and often need to rely upon yourself frightens you, it is not likely that you will be able to cope. It is necessary to keep going despite the feelings of fear, that are inevitable, when we are moving into new areas, pushing our boundaries and outside of our comfort zones. This is not for the faint of heart. To be able to function well, despite being outside of their comfort zone, is a big part of what sets entrepreneurs apart from those that need the security (or what they think is security) from a having a stable career. Successful entrepreneurs have a greater fear of being stuck in their comfort zones and not reaching their potential than they do of facing ongoing uncertainty. They believe that it is entirely up to them to determine their future.
Dogged Determination and Perseverance
There is one certainty in striking out on your own. Things will not always go smoothly, the way we expected and hoped they would. In fact, they rarely do. For many people frustration sets in and their determination begins to waver. For the true entrepreneur quitting or giving up is not an option. They have what it takes to keep going in the face of adversity, setbacks and uncertainly. Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community