Startups are created by entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship is not just a career—it’s a way of life. The thrill of the hunt, the satisfaction of closing a deal, and the promise of building something new are some of entrepreneurship’s rewards. Additionally, entrepreneurship can be exciting—entrepreneurs have autonomy over their work and they enjoy being able to choose what they work on. Entrepreneurship is also rewarding—few things can compare to being your own boss.

Entrepreneurs have their own unique set of traits and qualities that help to guide them on their path to success.

There are certain traits that entrepreneurs have which have been shown to lead to success in business. These include:

  • Confidence
  • Tenacity
  • Risk Aversion
  • Self Reliance

While these traits may seem obvious, there are many subtle nuances that can be applied to each one that can help you cultivate these qualities in yourself.

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They are highly self-motivated.

Intrinsic motivation occurs when you are motivated to do something because it is personally rewarding; your motivation comes from within. Entrepreneurs tend to be intrinsically motivated: they have an internal drive to succeed and this desire leads them to work hard. They also tend to be risk-takers, proactive and persistent, as these are all qualities that contribute towards a successful start-up business.

They possess strong leadership skills.

Successful entrepreneurs possess strong leadership skills, able to inspire and motivate their employees in order to achieve organisational goals. These skills are crucial for startups; without leadership, a startup’s future is in doubt. A leader motivates the entire team and ensures that they are working together cohesively towards a common goal.

As well as motivating their team, successful entrepreneurs also have the ability to delegate tasks effectively. They do not micromanage but rather assign employees specific roles which best utilises each employee’s strengths.

Leadership skills can be learned through training courses or by observing other leaders in action. But there is no single magic formula to being a successful leader; many different qualities make up effective leadership including communication skills, emotional intelligence, adaptability and consistency among others!

They are willing to fail — repeatedly.

You have to find value in the inevitable bumps that are part of the road to success. It’s a lot easier said than done, but you can use the setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Failure is progress. When things aren’t going well, it means you’re trying new things and learning what works and what doesn’t. It’s a natural progression to fail over and over again until you succeed. Entrepreneurs need to be willing to take risks and try new ideas, even when they’re not sure if they’ll work or not.

If entrepreneurship was easy, everyone would do it — but it’s not easy because failure is inevitable (and necessary). Just keep in mind that these failures are only temporary setbacks on your way towards building something larger than you could ever imagine!

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Their competitive spirit is unmatched by most people in the workforce.

The competitive spirit of the entrepreneur is unmatched by most people in the workforce.

Entrepreneurs have a desire to win that drives them to create, improve and achieve. They are always looking for ways to “win”; whether it’s how they can improve themselves, their company or their employees.

Entrepreneurs constantly strive for improvement.

Having a growth mindset, a desire for continuous improvement and personal development is vital for entrepreneurs. One of the best ways to improve is by getting feedback from others. Feedback can help identify blind spots and points of friction that you might not be aware of.

How to get feedback:

  • Get feedback from your customers and employees on a regular basis to see how you can improve. For example, ask customers what they like about your product/service and what improvements they’d like to see as well as asking your employees what you could do differently to make working with you better.
  • Seek out experts in related areas that can advise you on how best to approach certain challenges or opportunities, especially in areas where you don’t have enough experience.
  • Ask others how they handle situations similar to the ones you are dealing with right now, especially those more experienced than yourself.

Entrepreneurs tend to be extremely hard-working.

Many of the characteristics that make up a successful entrepreneur are more about personality than skill. And one of the most important ones is an all-out commitment to hard work. Entrepreneurs tend to be extremely hard-working, and have a tendency towards putting in extra effort when others would be happy to call it quits for the day. In order to succeed, they understand that they will need to put in extra time and effort, and they are willing to do so. In fact, many entrepreneurs develop into extremely high achievers with a strong work ethic simply because they don’t give up easily. They are determined, even if it takes long hours or difficult tasks. And it’s that kind of tenacity that can lead them down an entrepreneurial path in the first place.

They are good decision-makers.

Entrepreneurs are also known to be quick decision-makers. They avoid getting stuck on a decision by over-thinking it, or letting their thought process become paralyzed by fear of making the wrong one. One of the best ways to improve your decision-making skills is to make sure that you are basing your decisions on data, not just on impulse. Gather as much information as possible before deciding how to proceed in each circumstance.

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They can strategize for the future.

They can think ahead.

  • They’re always looking to improve their business, so they can perform better in the future.
  • They’re always thinking about their next step.
  • They’re always creating a long-term plan for their business’s success.
  • They study and understand the market so that they can create an effective marketing strategy.
  • They focus heavily on their competition and what it takes to beat them.

These traits contribute to the success of an entrepreneur and the growth of their startup.

  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Ability to handle rejection and failure
  • Ability to risk and handle the outcome of risking
  • Perseverance through times of doubt and adversity
  • Ability to go against the grain, pursue a vision even if others don’t understand it


Entrepreneurs are the business leaders of today, tomorrow and all of the tomorrows in between. They are bold and determined and always challenge the status quo. Being an entrepreneur requires a certain critical set of traits to be successful. Although there is no specific or exhaustive list, we have provided several qualities that will almost guarantee entrepreneurial success. Be sure to add what is missing for you, because you are unique! And as always, follow your passion, don’t let anyone else tell you what you want from life and take control of it instead!

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