It’s a dog eat dog world. The animal world provides insights and advice for new entrepreneurs. Some examples below:
- Free as a bird – New founders should allow their creativity to fly freely and unencumbered.
- Hard working as an ant – Remember this little critter works hard all winter to ensure the future.
- Playful as a kitten – Entrepreneurs should have fun creating their business.
- Brave as a lion – Startup owners must bravely enter new territories, and compete head to head with other companies.
- Quiet as a mouse – Although it is important to get noticed, being too boisterous is counterproductive for new entrepreneurs.
- Fast as a rabbit – Before you’re done reading this post, another business has gone obsolete. Founders must be nimble and quick.
What would you do if you knew, right now, how successful your startup would be in the future?
If you knew it wouldn’t be successful, would you still pursue the entrepreneurial journey?
And if you knew it would be successful, would you work as hard at it, or just leave it to fate?
We all know there isn’t a sure shot way to determine the success. Many times, success comes from the toughest challenges and the deepest trenches and at other times, when you least expect it.
One way to get more insight into your future potential to succeed – look at your entrepreneurial characteristics. You may find a dichotomy of traits: most successful entrepreneurs seem to have a mix of seemingly opposing traits:
- A loner yet collaborative
- Loves and hates to leverage money
- Simultaneously the smartest and most foolish person in a room
- Silent yet determined
- Cautious yet risk-taking
- Eager yet calculated
- Analytical yet creative
- Optimistic yet realistic
- Filled with humility and confidence
- Lives in the present, yet relishes the future
What are the traits that will propel you to the next level of your venture? Let us know in the comments below.