The following is a guest post on entrepreneurship from Brabble CEO and Founder Patrick Mackaronis.
The qualities of a successful entrepreneur whether self-employed at home, running a small business, or a large corporation involve perspective and attitude. Some people have a natural entrepreneurial mind set, while others can develop these qualities over time.
Adopting a Healthy Perspective
Successful business people have a healthy perspective about life and work. They view challenges as opportunities. The word ‘problem’ doesn’t exist in their vocabulary. When a glitch arises they don’t feel blocked, but are inspired to find creative solutions or search for hidden possibilities. They trust in their skills and know that the perfect people, resources and circumstances will arrive to support them.
Part of this healthy perspective involves being persistent and not giving up when the road gets bumpy. By focusing on what’s going well, rather than what’s not working, they keep the momentum moving towards success all the time.
Successful entrepreneurs have high expectations for themselves and other people. They expect their employees to do their best, and they role model this in their own lives. They know their own strengths and are willing to develop new skills if needed. Rather than criticize others who are falling short, they motivate them to do better by acknowledging their talents and supporting their growth.
Creating a Positive Attitude
People who are successfully self-employed have a positive attitude. This goes hand in hand with their healthy life perspective. When issues arise, they approach them with a pragmatic yet optimistic approach. They don’t wallow in self-pity or blame others. Instead, they take responsibility for their situations and trust they have the resources to sort things out.
Having a positive, optimistic attitude stems from high self-esteem. Successful entrepreneurs have high self-regard, self-love and self-worth. They share this outlook with others by seeing the best in their friends, family and co-workers. They don’t waste energy complaining about life, they enjoy living it to the fullest. They also don’t procrastinate or allow distractions to interfere with their goals; they take action each day, even if that means resting for renewal.
Successfully self-employed people practice an attitude of gratitude. They see the blessings in life everywhere they look. They operate from a state of abundance instead of scarcity. They have healthy money beliefs and enjoy making a profit, knowing they are exchanging money for a highly valued service or product.
If these qualities of a successful entrepreneur come naturally to you, it will be easy to achieve success through self-employment or running your own business. If not, a healthy perspective and positive attitude can be developed with awareness and practice. What to focus on and what approach to take is a moment to moment choice.