For quite some time now, I’ve been building a career as a freelance writer. In addition to publishing a book (Erudition), I have created two blogs (The Political Slant and Seven Atlanta) through which I intend to generate revenue. As I continue working for myself, I realize that being successful in my business ventures necessitates the development and use of many traits that are oftentimes associated with entrepreneurs. If you have also embraced entrepreneurship as your means of livelihood, you should consider how the development of these three characteristics can enable you to become more personally and professionally successful:
1. The Ability To Say No.
Utilizing this trait became very important to me recently. In addition to being a full-time student, I write to gain income and volunteer at my local church. Additionally, I am currently studying to become a Group Fitness Instructor. In conversing with a loved one a while back, he requested that I read a certain book. Because I love reading and exchanging ideas with people, I was very interested in reading the book. Yet-in recognition of the goals I had set for myself as well as my responsibilities for work and school-I told him that I didn’t have time to read the novel at this point. This ability to say no is an important trait for entrepreneurs to have because constantly saying yes to every offer that comes your way can distract you from accomplishing your business goals.
2. Receptivity To Change.
Every idea you come up with is not always going to work. And even when your business ideas are successful, cultural trends and a plethora of other social factors will make it necessary for you to continually update the products and services you offer. With this thought in mind, you should note that being receptive to change is a great trait to cultivate. If you’re in the habit of having to have things done one way, work on developing a spirit of innovation and ingenuity. Doing so can be of great benefit as you continue building your business.
At first, I had mixed feelings about developing this trait. While I certainly believe in the value that my books and articles can offer the public, I used to think that promoting them was a bit obnoxious and intrusive. But now I don’t! In short, I recognize that no one will have the opportunity to benefit from the products I’m offering if they don’t know about them. In discussing self-promotion, James Stephenson notes that “One of the greatest myths about personal or business success is that eventually your business, personal abilities, products or services will get discovered and be embraced by the masses that will beat a path to your door to buy what you are selling. But how can this happen if no one knows who you are, what you sell and why they should be buying?” It’s a good question, and the answer is that most people will probably not know what you’re selling if you don’t advertise. So self-promote without shame!
Although many people are interested in building their own business, they often lack the character traits necessary to make the enterprise successful. Yet by cultivating the traits I’ve listed above, you can increase the likelihood that your entrepreneurial endeavors will be successful. Good luck! :)
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