5 signs you’ll be a successful entrepreneur (and 10 quotes to match)

POB2Y8A2NUAre you meant to be your own boss? Are you meant to run a bunch of employees, lead them, strategise, and make important decisions? Before you say yes, do a little introspection and find out if you’re meant to be an entrepreneur.

  1. You know you work very hard

“Hard work does not necessarily guarantee success, but no success is possible without hard work.” – Dr T.P. Chia

If you prefer to skate by doing only the bare minimum like, then you should already throw in the towel immediately. Starting a business is easy. Growing a successful business takes a lot of work, dedication and perseverance.

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden

  1. You love winning

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.”

Plenty successful companies choose to employ athletes in sales and business positions, simply because their drive to strategise and beat their rivals is a major driving force. If you like being on top, you will be able to use this natural force to keep pushing yourself to new heights. And the truth is, you’ll need all the self-discipline and motivation you can muster.

“You have to go where the other guys can’t. Take advantage if what you have so that you can beat the competition with what they don’t.”

  1. You are able to think outside the box

““It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Innovation, problem solver, quick fix, inventive, imaginative, experimental and original. You have to find new way to do things so creep into the whole that customers, clients and consumers will absolutely love.

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas Edison

  1. You have people skills.

“A good networker has two ears and one mouth and should use them proportionately.” – Dr Ivan Misner

Don’t worry if you typically identify as an introvert with entrepreneurial aspirations. It’s not that you need excellent social skills – making friends doesn’t have to be the same as making contacts to grow your network – it’s that you should know how to talk to people to produce a successful endeavour.

“It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” – Keith Ferazzi

  1. You’re passionate

 “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

If you don’t love and have a burning desire for what you’re pursuing, you won’t want to fight the obstacles in your way when they get too difficult. A ‘by-the-way’ and ‘go-with-the-flow” attitude is not suitable for a future owner of a successful business. Choose an industry that fascinates you, don’t just follow a trend in the hopes that it’ll bring you easy money because it’s not a sustainable course. Also, pursuing your passion is a lot more fun.

You will become as small as your controlling desire or as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

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