Have you got what it takes?

Studies have shown that successful entrepreneurs possess these three characteristics:

1. Self-confidence

This is the magical power of having confidence in yourself and in your powers and abilities.

2. Achievement Oriented

Your results are gained by focused and sustained effort. You concentrate on achieving a specific goal, not just accomplishing a string of unrelated tasks.

3. Risk Taker

You realize that there is a chance of loss inherent in achieving your goals, yet you have the confidence necessary to take calculated risks to achieve them.

Entrepreneurs are people who make decisions, take action, and think that they can control their own destinies. They are often motivated by a spirit of independence which leads them to believe that their success depends on raw effort and hard work, not luck.

So which of these three main characteristics is the most important? Believe it or not, it has to be self-confidence. Without self-confidence, nothing else is possible. If you don't believe in your abilities, then the first challenge that arises may knock you off the path to achieving your goals.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for maintaining a higher level of self-confidence.

Positive Thinking

Well, it all starts with a positive attitude, doesn't it? Believing that something good will happen is the first step. Negative thinking simply is not allowed. You must truly believe that there are no circumstances strong enough to deter you from reaching your goals.

Remember too, that positive thinking can be contagious. When positive thinking spreads, it can open doors to new ideas, customers, friends, etc.

Persistent Action

Now all of the positive thinking and believing in the world is useless if you don’t apply it towards a goal. You have to take action; no excuses are allowed. Your actions must also be persistent. Trying something once and then giving up is not going to be enough. You must keep at it, taking one step at a time. If you can't get by a certain step or obstacle, then find a creative way to try again or just go around it.

At the beginning of this article we identified a few traits that are common among successful entrepreneurs. Learn to visualise your success. You should be able to look ahead and see yourself where you want to be. Now just maintain a strong belief in yourself and your skills, stick with it, and never give up. If you do that, you're already half way there!

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