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20 Traits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

In this article, Zechariah J. Dean, Chief Dreamer of Dean Venture Studio introduces 20 traits of highly successful entrepreneurs.

By: Zechariah J. Dean

What makes a successful entrepreneur? Are entrepreneurs naturally gifted or can they be manufactured?  In my career, I have been blessed to work with and alongside many successful entrepreneurs and I have noticed a common pattern. In this article, I outline a list of 20 traits which I have found to be embedded in the way successful entrepreneurs operate. In some entrepreneurs, I discovered that some traits are natural whilst other traits have been developed and nurtured.

  1. Ability to promote, sell and enthuse an idea and convince others to join you on your journey.
  2. Ability to convey concisely what you are thinking and how you are felling about a particular topic. This means holding your ground when articulating your thoughts and challenging the status quo.
  3. Ability to break down a problem in small processes, activities and understanding the inter-relationship between them. When required you can get into the detail and control the narrative.
  4. Ability to keep quiet and listen intensively and more importantly learn from the other party regardless of age, gender, and social background. A burning desire to learn from others.
  5. Ability to adapt, be agile, and flexible in your thinking and approach to solving a problem. Accepting failure fast, so you can dedicate your time, effort, and resources focusing on the right things.
  6. Ability to read other people’s body language and understand the nuances in their verbal communication.
  7. Ability to say no and walk away respectfully.
  8. Ability to respect time whether that is your own time and especially other people’s time. Turning up on time for meetings, and meeting deadlines.
  9. Ability to remain positive mentally positive. Encouraging oneself that everything will be ok and that a solution will soon ensue. Backing oneself to dig in deep and to find a solution.
  10. Ability to use an eloquent set of words in both oral and written terms to persuade and influence others.
  11. Ability and willingness to speak in front of large and small groups with charisma.
  12. Ability to dust yourself down, critically self-analysing oneself and start over again with vigour.
  13. Ability to look at adversity as an opportunity and to mentally challenge oneself to fight through such a struggle.
  14. Ability to unpick and learn how to learn new topics and apply such topics instantly.
  15. Ability to read copious amounts of information, organise and arrange such information which can be recollected and retrieved quickly.
  16. Ability to provide genuine praise to others in public and to provide constructive feedback in private.
  17. Ability to speak succinctly and articulating a point clearly and unambiguously.
  18. Ability to strike a delicate balance between decision-making using facts and emotions.
  19. Ability to help those around them without the desire to seek anything in return.
  20. Ability to undertake detailed conversations with various functional experts including but not limited to technology, legal, financial and marketing specialists and to interpret numerical, technical and legal information in depth.

Zechariah J. Dean is the Chief Dreamer of Dean Ventures. Zechariah is a social impact technology entrepreneur who believes technology entrepreneurs have the potential of solving many of the issues facing our world, whilst also providing a superior return to shareholders.

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