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A True Entrepreneur is a Doer, not a Dreamer; Personality Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Transforming dreams into reality is a stepping stone into the real world of business. This is one step which many people are afraid to take. However, a successful entrepreneur is a person who is willing to develop, organize and manage a business venture to turn their dreams into reality. Entrepreneurs come from different geographic locations, upbringings, income brackets, social classes, as well as education levels, but they have certain common personality traits that they possess. Here are eight traits that one should ideally possess to start and run their own business.

Confidence: A confident entrepreneur does not ask questions about whether they can succeed or whether they are worthy of success. They are confident with the knowledge that they will make their businesses successful. They believe in themselves and what they want to achieve.

Determination: Entrepreneurs are not thwarted by their defeats. They look at defeat as an opportunity for success. They are determined to make all of their endeavors successful, so they will strive until it is done. Successful entrepreneurs do not believe in something which cannot be done.

Passion: Passion is the most important trait possessed by successful entrepreneurs. They genuinely love their work and are willing to put in those extra hours to make the business successful because the joy that their business gives them goes beyond money. A successful entrepreneur will always be reading and researching on ways to make the business better.


Resilience: Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” As an entrepreneur, one is going to fail. While something drastic would be too much for most people to handle, an entrepreneur has the uncanny ability to get up and dust themselves off. Instead of giving up, an entrepreneur will learn from their failures.

Flexibility: Being able to adapt to changes and challenges is crucial for any business. For most entrepreneurs, the idea or business plan is drastically different than when it began. Entrepreneurs are flexible and are prepared and willing to modify their plan when new information arrives and when there are changes in circumstances.

Effective Planning Skills: Entrepreneurship is about building a business from scratch while managing limited resources (including time, money and personal relationships), which requires planning. Successful entrepreneurs have a business plan in place, but also remain capable of dealing with unforeseen possibilities.

Vision: Entrepreneurs look for opportunities everywhere. They are innovators who are always on the lookout to either develop a new idea or improve an existing product or service. They have the ability to predict the future before it happens.

Not Afraid to Take Risks: Entrepreneurs are risk takers, ready to dive deep into a future of uncertainty. They are willing to risk their time and money but they also keep resources and plans in reserve. When everyone can see the risk, an entrepreneur can foresee the reward

With these personality traits, we hope you get an idea of what an ideal entrepreneur needs to carry within himself/herself while tackling the practical challenges.