The Common Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs attends a press conference in central London, 18 September 2007. Apple announced here Tuesday that Britain would be the first European country to get its much-vaunted iPhone, when mobile phone operator O2 launches the gadget on November 9. Apple chief Steve Jobs told a London press conference that O2, owned by Spain's Telefonica, has won an exclusive contract to distribute the iPhone in Britain for "cultural," rather than economic, reasons. He said the iPhone would retail in Britain at 269 pounds (387 euros, 536 dollars). AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs attends a press conference in central London, 18 September 2007. Apple announced here Tuesday that Britain would be the first European country to get its much-vaunted iPhone, when mobile phone operator O2 launches the gadget on November 9. Apple chief Steve Jobs told a London press conference that O2, owned by Spain's Telefonica, has won an exclusive contract to distribute the iPhone in Britain for "cultural," rather than economic, reasons. He said the iPhone would retail in Britain at 269 pounds (387 euros, 536 dollars). AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Successful entrepreneurs are businessmen who are prepared to take risks to get to the very top. But although risk taking is an important part of being successful in business it is far from being the only factor. Many entrepreneurs have common traits that have led to their success and in this blog, we discover some of them.

Listen More Than Speak

Some people might be surprised by this statement as there are indeed some outspoken businessmen on chat shows and TV. What most of us disregard is that most top entrepreneurs have a team of advisers that are behind them. Even Steve Jobs who was famed for being very difficult to work for had a highly talented team to offer advice. And to back this theory up, in 2014 Richard Branson was interviewed by Forbes magazine and he was quoted as saying, Listening enables us to learn from each other, from the marketplace, and from the mistake that must be made in order to get anywhere that is original and disruptive.

Be Able to Accept Failure

Really good businessmen learn to accept failure and understand that things can go wrong from time to time. Failure is all a part of risk taking, nearly every successful entrepreneur or business leader will have some failure in their history. Again, taking Steve Jobs as an example, he had his whole company taken from him but bided his time and fought back. It gave him the understanding of what failure was and to recover from that setback to be more successful in the future.

Follow Your Passion

Good entrepreneurs are passionate about the things that they do, a passion is something that stems for your beliefs and that you can nurture and improve with your inherent skills. Top businessmen do not just recognize their passion, they go out with all guns blazing to wholeheartedly embrace and nurture it.

Admit That You Don’t Know Everything

Another misconception of entrepreneurs is that they are arrogant and know-it-all’s. This attitude probably comes from the few overly vocal people that constantly appear on our TVs. However, this is far from the truth as most entrepreneurs are the first to admit they do not know everything. However, they are eager to learn and retain their lessons that they have learned, in other words they learn from experience. Once again Branson has an interesting angle on this theory, Success happens from working and learning with some of the world’s most inspiring people.

Knowing When to Say No

Entrepreneurs are normally extremely busy people and there are enormous demands on their time. When they try to micromanage their empires then there is a great possibility for both burnout and failure. Entrepreneurs are great business people and see opportunities around every corner, but they also know when to turn down these opportunities when it is not the right time. A good businessman will be selective in what he takes on board and to concentrate on what he can properly manage and make a success of, saying no can be a most positive thing.