There are tons of self help and advice books out there aimed at helping entrepreneurs be more successful. There is something to be said for simple personality however. No matter what you recite to yourself every morning, your personality can have a lot to do with how successful you are. There isn’t really any one personality trait that makes you more successful than others. Some traits may make success easier for those who possess them, and harder for those who do not. For the rest, it is a matter of knowing their personality well enough to work around weaknesses and work with strengths.
Many Successful Entrepreneurs Do Share Some Personality Traits
Passion, perseverance, and a rebel spirit are just some of the personality traits that many successful entrepreneurs share. There are more, and these traits do tend to make success easier, but the key to remember is that even if they do not exist it doesn’t mean that success is impossible. If you are not a rebel, if perseverance is not your strong suit, or most would not call you passionate, you still have a chance.
When the Going Gets Tough
Do you get going? Are you one that just stops? A bold and adventurous spirit is a plus during these times, as entrepreneurship is built on taking chances. However, if you are one that prefers to stay safe, you can still be successful at owning a business. It is just much easier if you are readily willing to take chances.
Where Is Your Focus
Your personality has a lot to do with your focus. Some are most focused on helping others, some are more focused on the money aspect of things, and some are just in it for the thrill of the game. None of these are bad as they all have their good points. None of them are complete in and of themselves however. If you ignore the money in an effort to help people you will go broke, if you focus on money and ignore the people aspect you will have a business without customers or employees. If you ignore both in an effort to simply enjoy the business you are still in trouble. Balance is key.
Are you action oriented? Meaning, do you like to get down to the nitty gritty and get your hands dirty, or do you prefer to take on a more supervisory role. Are you one who loves managing the day to day issues or do you prefer to take a look at the big picture?
What Does it All Mean?
Knowing the answers to these personality questions about yourself will make or break your success. While certain traits may mean success comes more readily, knowing how to mitigate your personality weaknesses will help you beat the statistics and still be successful. If you do not have a rebel spirit, choose a business with a lower risk factor. If you are not one to stick it out through the bad times, find some support to make sure you don’t give up before you get started. If you do not care for the management side of things, hire yourself a great manager and just keep your eye on things, or vice versa if need be. Personality really can propel your business to success, but the key is not in what your personality is, it is in knowing your own personality and how to accentuate the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses.