Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur
10 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur That You Can Learn From

10 Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur That You Can Learn From

Research shows that roughly 90% of startups never succeed, with about 21.5% of new businesses not making it past the first year. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, you want your startup to be among the successful few. However, it takes character and a certain mindset to pull off your new venture.

Here are the 10 qualities that make for a great entrepreneur and which you should nurture to succeed in your own venture.


Creativity is one of the most valuable assets for an entrepreneur. You’ll need to think creatively to identify solutions where the rest of the world sees trouble or problems. Likewise, it takes a creative mind to come up with transformative or even disruptive innovations.


To succeed as an entrepreneur, you have to love your everyday experiences and responsibilities in the office. Lack of passion makes it easy to give up on your long-term plans when you consistently face hurdles. On the other hand, when you’re passionate about what you do, you’re able to continually develop new ideas and inject the necessary resources while focusing on the ultimate prize.


It’s important that you have relevant expertise and knowledge for your business specialty. An in-depth understanding of where your industry is at the moment and where it’s going is necessary. You also need to stay updated on your industry’s best practices, regulations, available solutions, and pertinent problems.

Counsel Seeker

Recognize your weaker areas and be willing to consult with industry peers to address any expertise or experience shortcomings. For insistence, a banker building a FinTech solution may engage cloud-computing or mobile application leaders for general or niche-specific advice.


Nurturing this attribute sets you apart from competitors who are always placing safe bets on the market. When you’re a risk-taker, you’re willing to look into uncharted territories where you could make important discoveries. It means being ready to put your money on high-value projects that may or may not work in the end. Therefore, make sure to conduct a risk assessment and ascertain that your ideas have a reasonable potential ROI if they work.

Smart, Hardworking

Most successful entrepreneurs don’t sleep nine hours every night. Instead, they enjoy the recommended dose of night’s rest and wake up early enough to be in the office on time. They have an efficient everyday routine that enables them to focus on productive work.

Elaborate Planner

You should identify all ingredients and processes that need to go right for your ideas to work. Don’t leave anything to chance, including the resources required to develop your business from conception to fruitful execution. Your plan should be as detailed as possible from the outset.


It’s not easy to focus on goals and stick to the plan, especially if there’s no immediate financial reward. That’s why entrepreneurs need self-discipline. Possessing this character trait enables you to live an organized life by strictly observing important priorities every day. Instead of quitting every time they face difficulties, a disciplined entrepreneur will utilize their skill-set and other resources to find a practical solution and keep moving.


An entrepreneur appreciates the joy and satisfaction of creating systems that work and generate desired business results. They also find challenges exciting, which is why they are eager to step out of their comfort zones to try more challenging, high-value tasks or ventures. They never take shortcuts to avoid challenges. They embrace the inevitable instead of pushing it back for temporary comfort.

Ready for Failure

Successful entrepreneurs know that things will not always go according to plan. Failure to raise enough funds or satisfy regulatory requirements may slow you, but it doesn’t have to kill your initiative. Instead, use mistakes to your advantage by learning from them and improving to come back up stronger after each failure. However, recognizing that mistakes can occur doesn’t necessarily mean accepting consistent failure.

An entrepreneur’s journey begins with a brilliant idea in mind. From there, a mix of factors determines the idea’s materialization. By incorporating the above tips in your thinking and habits as an entrepreneur, you stand a better chance of successfully executing your business plan.

Are you looking for assistance in setting up and growing your business in Ventura County? Don’t hesitate to get started! Business Forward Ventura County is a countywide initiative and business resource hub committed to delivering economic development support for businesses. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.

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