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Do I Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?


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Do I Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?

Looking into a viable business opportunity, many young potential entrepreneurs have the same question in mind. Do I have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Is this a good time to quit my job and invest all my time into this exciting proposition that I have chanced upon? Before you get into the in-depth details about how good the business is, maybe you need to do some soul-searching and explore your personality. Read ahead to find out about the important traits of successful startup owners.

Dynamism and Resilience

To begin with, entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do. They’re truly committed to making their enterprise work and when you meet them, they come across as dynamic, energetic people. Do you think that sounds like you? Further, you yourself need to completely believe in the product or services you intend to produce and sell. In addition, you’re going to face situations and people who, most likely, will shoot down every idea you have. It’s going to be a tough road ahead. And, you’re going to have to struggle all the way and for every aspect of your startup. Whether it is garnering the finances you’ll need, looking for suppliers for raw materials, or convincing marketers and buyers, to name a scarce few.

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The bottom line is that true entrepreneurs are persistent and determined. They don’t let the answer, “No!” get them down. There will be days when people actually laugh at you for the concept you have. And, there will be friends and family members telling you not to quit the security of your job to plunge into a venture that may or may not eventually succeed. You’ll have to hang in there – no matter what.

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You’ll need to plan for the competition you’ll have to deal with. As you begin exploring your business idea, chances are there are other people out there that are trying to make the same idea work. You have to be able to add that special USP that will make your products stand out from the rest. When your customer asks you, “Why would I want to buy your product as against the many others out there in the market?” You need to be prepared with the right answers.

Communication Skills

One of the key skills that a successful entrepreneur needs to nail down is – great communication. You’ll need strong people skills to sell everything you have in mind – the business concept to your stakeholders, getting support from family, and then, convincing customers.

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Drive, Determination and Hard Work

Success does come at a price. And, that price most certainly is hard work. You have to have the drive and determination. And, you need to be prepared to put in long hours at work. This is especially true in the initial stages of your business when you’re still finding your feet. Are you prepared to put in 48 hours worth of work each day? If you do then you’re on the right track. But, there’s one other factor you need to remember. Success can be elusive. And, you’re going to face setbacks all the time. Do you have the resilience to stand firm in adverse situations and forge ahead no matter what?

If you feel that the person this article is talking about is you, then YES!, You do have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. So, what’s stopping you?

by Saroj Aggarwal

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