What are the Characteristics and Traits of an Entrepreneur?  

What are the Characteristics and Traits of an Entrepreneur? 
What are the Characteristics and Traits of an Entrepreneur? 

What are the Characteristics and Traits of an Entrepreneur?  

Entrepreneurship

An individual who, rather than working as an employee, owns and operates a small business and bears all of the risk and reward associated with a particular business initiative, idea, or good or service for sale. The entrepreneur is typically thought of as a business leader who develops new ideas and methods.

In response to a recognized opportunity, entrepreneurship might form new organizations or design a strategy to reinvigorate existing ones.

Characteristics of an Entrepreneur:

What are some of the traits of an entrepreneur? A great entrepreneur possesses a mix of abilities that demonstrate both invention and leadership. Scholars from all over the world have spent countless hours trying to figure out what makes a good entrepreneur; what exactly makes up a firm founder’s x-factor? While many of the conclusions are still up for debate, there’s no denying that exceptional entrepreneurs possess the following characteristics:

Ambition

A successful entrepreneur is driven to establish a name for himself. He knows what he wants and starts out on a path to obtain it. His desire to accomplish anything can be overwhelming at times, and his desire to establish himself can be all-consuming. Ambition is frequently the fundamental factor that motivates an entrepreneur to get out of his chair and take action, turning his daydreams into reality.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm, which often goes hand in hand with ambition, is an important factor in an entrepreneur’s motivation. While ambition is essential to a successful business, passion is the fuel. Every great entrepreneur has a positive outlook that gives him the motivation to succeed. An entrepreneurial initiative that lacks excitement will suffocate and eventually collapse.

Creativity

When issues emerge, you can always rely on inventiveness to save the day. Creativity is likely what inspired you to start your business in the first place, and it will be a creativity that helps you see potential solutions to any problems that arise. Successful entrepreneurs are inspired throughout the process, and they frequently find ways to turn obstacles into opportunities.

Decision-making

All of the important shots are called by entrepreneurs. While their creativity makes them thinkers, their capacity to make decisions makes them doers. Entrepreneurs’ actions will decide the company’s fate, and things will only happen as a result of their decisions. An entrepreneur with bad decision-making skills will see his firm stagnate and degrade; on the other hand, a skilled decision-maker will guarantee that the best potential business practices are implemented.

Perseverance

The ability to persevere through the difficulties that come with beginning a firm is perhaps the most significant of all the attributes of entrepreneurs. Starting a new business is a huge undertaking, and as an entrepreneur, you’ll have to persevere through the storms and stress if you want your company to succeed. A solid concept can take years to start earning money, but when it does, you’ll be glad you persevered in the face of hardship.

Entrepreneurial traits

  1. Passionate

You must be motivated by a strong feeling of purpose and enthusiasm. The cause of that passion is usually one of two things: the business’s theme or the game of business-building itself. What is the point of having passion? Simply because you’ll be working too hard, for too long, for too little income, with no assurance of success… As a result, you must be motivated by something other than money.

  1. Resilient

If you want to establish a business, you’ll need a strong sense of determination as well as a high pain tolerance. You’ll have to be willing and able to learn from your mistakes — to fall down repeatedly, get back up, brush yourself off, and keep moving forward with newfound vigor.

People will tell you that your baby is unattractive and that your business will fail. Now is the time to pay attention and be open to constructive criticism. However, having the door slammed in your face repeatedly can be exhausting, and the most successful businesses learn to feed off the negative and take power from it.

  1. Self-Possessed

A strong feeling of self is required. Being surrounded by talented, motivated people cannot make you feel threatened. To fully achieve, you’ll need the self-assurance to surround yourself with people “who don’t look like you”… that is, people who have complementary abilities, backgrounds, and domain expertise to your own. And leave your ego at the door: making coffee for the team, emptying the trash cans, and doing the bank runs aren’t things you should be proud of.

  1. Decisive

You’ll have to get used to dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity. Entrepreneurs absorb as much information as possible in a short amount of time, then MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!! It’s not going to be perfect, so the attitude is that it won’t be… We only have about 9% of the data on which to make a conclusion… But if we wait until we have all the facts, we’ll never get started… and be stuck in a rut of indecision.

  1. Fearless

On a scale ranging from “risk-averse” to “risk-seeking,” it should come as no surprise that entrepreneurs are closer to the latter. However, you don’t have to be a nut who bungee jumps without a helmet. Smart business owners acquire an instinctive capacity to detect and manage startup risk. But you’re aware that you’ll fall down and are content with the notion that you’ll learn from your mistakes and adjust as you go.

  1. Financially Prepared

To make the leap, you’ll need the correct personal financial profile. This isn’t to say that only the wealthy can start businesses. However, you should hold off on quitting your day job until you’ve built up a personal financial ‘runway’ (the ability to survive without a consistent wage and subsidized benefits) of at least 18 to 24 months (preferably longer). If it’s possible, launch the startup as a side business while continuing to work the 8-to-5 shift to pay the bills. Alternatively, talk to your manager about working part-time. Then, once your firm is profitable, you can cut back on your hours or resign and devote your time to your startup full-time.

  1. Flexible

I defy you to identify an entrepreneur who is running a four-year-old startup that isn’t significantly different from the goal outlined in their original business plan. The argument is that those who stay on their feet are those who remain adaptable to new information and changing situations.

  1. Zoom Lens-Equipped

You may not have a foolproof gyroscope when you start out, but you’ll need one to thrive as an entrepreneur. How to stay focused in a straightforward manner. How to cope with failure and learn from it. Knowing when to walk away from a struggle that isn’t worth fighting. Knowing that the majority of your startup’s employees aren’t as entrepreneurial as you are and that while this may be fantastic work for them, it’s still a job. Knowing when it’s time to return home and hug your family. When is the best time to go running?

Can you ‘pan out’ to see a compelling large picture of your company, then ‘zoom in’ to concentrate on short-term startup objectives? Successful entrepreneurs can easily switch between these two points of view. They have the ability to communicate the big picture while both managing and executing the ‘zoom-in’ image.

  1. Able to Sell

As a founder/CEO, you’ll constantly be selling, whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert. You’ll be pitching your idea to potential partners and investors. You’ll be persuading potential hires to leave their day jobs and join this startup they’ve never heard of. You’ll be selling your goods and services (and you’ll probably be closing at least a few of them yourself). When the waters eventually get rough, you’ll be persuading your employees to stay calm and stay with the ship.

  1. Balanced

You may not have a foolproof gyroscope when you start out, but you’ll need one to thrive as an entrepreneur. How to stay focused in a straightforward manner. How to cope with failure and learn from it. Knowing when to walk away from a struggle that isn’t worth fighting. Knowing that the majority of your startup’s employees aren’t as entrepreneurial as you are and that while this may be fantastic work for them, it’s still a job. Knowing when it’s time to return home and hug your family. When is the best time to go running?

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Md. Masudul Hassan
CEO & Chairman of this Portal. Md. Masudul Hassan is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of a Reputed University in Bangladesh. Member of Agrilinks is part of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative. He Performed Numerous Research Regarding Agribusiness.