20 Personality Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

A lot of people say they want to start a business, but only a few really do.  Are you the dreamer who says you want to start a business or the one who is actually doing it? 

According to the US small business administration, over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years.  

Do you have what it takes to go beyond these five years?   Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true?  Do you have the right personality to become a successful entrepreneur?  

Imagine you are now the most successful entrepreneur on the planet.  A little girl comes and asks you “What would it take for me to become as successful as you?”   

What would you say? 

Perhaps you might cite some of the following traits: 

  1. Big thinker
  2. Risk taker
  3. Problem solver
  4. Goal oriented
  5. Action oriented
  6. Hard working
  7. Persistent
  8. Confident
  9. Committed
  10. Adaptable
  11. High energy
  12. Independent
  13. Great with people
  14. Leader / Team builder
  15. Honest & high integrity
  16. Optimistic & positive
  17. Reliable
  18. Creative
  19. Lucky
  20. Passionate

Think About This…

Do you have some or all of these personality traits?  What are your personality traits?  

Just Do This…

Identify traits that you believe are important but missing right now.  Take action and start developing these traits starting today.  

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3 Responses to “20 Personality Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur”

  1. Andrew on 31 Jul 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, the list sounds like an amalgamation of all the crappy traits people put on their resumes in the vain hope that they will be accepted for some awful telesales job. I mean, come on, even making a cup of coffee is goal-oriented and comitted.

  2. edith on 01 Aug 2007 at 8:30 am


    What you said is pretty funny. =) It is so easy to put these words on our resume. But how many of us really have these qualities or take a serious look of ourselves in developing these essential skills?

    Only you can answer this for yourself.


  3. tunde on 01 Dec 2007 at 5:19 am

    i agree that this is a checklist. it is a good guide for serious minded individuals. if anyone puts them on his or her resume and does not live up top it, good luck and better luck in the unemployment market.

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