Traits for Success

Traits for Success
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You already know you need a great business idea, a solid business plan and some startup cash to start a business. But, you also need to have a personality that's suited to being an entrepreneur. Experts tell us the personality traits every entrepreneur needs to succeed.

Lots of Energy

Lots of Energy
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As a brand marketing and public relations consultant, Lisa Murray has worked with a number of serial entrepreneurs and says one quality they all have in common is their ability to always be on the go.

"Born entrepreneurs don't know how to power down," Murray, principal of Murray Whalen Communications, told BusinessNewsDaily. "They emit a constant hum of ideas, plans, strategies and high-octane energy."

Persuasive

Persuasive
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One of the key signs of a born entrepreneur is the salesmanship and power of persuasion they show very early on for their causes, said business coach and consultant Nancy Eberhardt.

"Whether it is a landscaping business at age 12, or selling magazines door-to-door to fund a school trip, they are persistent in telling you about it and pitching why you need it," Eberhardt said. "They are almost fearless in who they will approach and present their idea, service or product to."

Resourceful

Resourceful
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As someone who works almost exclusively with entrepreneurs, Robin Samora, president of the business and PR consulting firm Let's Make You Shine, said entrepreneurs all tend to have a unique way of fixing issues that may arise.

"They come up with novel ways to solve problems that others can't even imagine," Samora said. "Ideas flow and come naturally to them."

Winning attitude

Winning attitude
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Even in the worst situations, successful entrepreneurs always see the opportunity to glean something new, said Lili Balfour, founder of the investment banking firm Atelier Advisors.

"When their world is falling apart, they remain calm, knowing that there is a lesson to be learned." Balfour said. "They are grateful for what has worked out and learn from what has not worked out."

Thrives in uncertainty

Thrives in uncertainty
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Especially when first starting out, executive coach Elene Cafasso said entrepreneurs are able to function without a lot of certainty.

"If you are someone who becomes paralyzed when there are too many moving pieces and too many contingencies, then owning your own business is not right for you," Cafasso said.

Opportunistic

Opportunistic
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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a research affiliate with Hogan Assessments, believes entrepreneurs have an opportunistic mindset and are always prepared to take advantage of every situation.

"They see opportunities where others don't," Chamorro-Premuzic said. "Few people are driven to pursue them."

Learns from mistakes

Learns from mistakes
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New York wedding expert Nadia Digilov said entrepreneurs all have a willingness to learn from their mistakes.

"Natural entrepreneurs analyze their behavior and are not afraid to admit that they have made a mistake," Digilov said. "They attempt to correct negative behaviors more easily then non-natural entrepreneurs."

Thinker

Thinker
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The mind of an entrepreneur is always at work, said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst and founder of analyst firm IT-Harvest.

"He or she cannot turn off the flow of ideas," Stiennon said. "Every problem is an opportunity to build a business to solve it."

Communicator

Communicator
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Business consultant Paul O'Leary believes born entrepreneurs have a natural gift for gab.

"They are assertive, direct and to-the-point with a sense of urgency," O'Leary said.

Fighter

Fighter
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Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president of Inkandescent Public Relations, said that as an entrepreneur herself, she believes those who are born with the characteristics needed to run their own business all are willing to get back up after being knocked down.

"Our ideas aren't always successful, but the thing that differentiates us is that we don't give up — or give in," Katz Gibbs said. "We just learn from what didn't work, and what did, and start again." Ultimately, she said, entrepreneurs are the last ones standing.

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