Top Ten Success Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

There are a few basic skills that are really necessary in order to achieve success.  While you may not have mastered all 10 at this point, you can, and should, continue working to improve and master your skills in these areas. They will greatly increase your chances of reaching your goals and making great things happen. Let’s quickly run through the list.

Success Skill # 1 Goal Setting

Having clear goals can be compared to having a roadmap and compass that guide you to success.  Without clearly defined goals, it’s difficult to know what you should be working on or when you’ve actually succeeded. Always start by setting well-defined goals with a clear deadline.

Success Skill # 2 Decision Making

Whether it is a quick decision or part of long term planning, decision making is a constant part of running a business; what path should I take, what should I work on next. Those are important choices that influence all aspects of your life. Get comfortable making decisions and learn what you can do to pick the right one more often than not. Practice and experience are great teachers here.

Success Skill # 3 Time Management

Time is our most limited resource. To make the most of if we have to get good at prioritization. That’s really what time management is all about. It’s deciding what’s most important and what will have the biggest impact. Then you figure out how to make it happen in the most time efficient manner.

Success Skill # 4 Organization

If you’re unorganized, it’s hard to figure out what needs to happen next. It’s also a huge time waster to look around for bits and pieces. Make getting and staying organized a priority, and you’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done.

Success Skill # 5 Focus

Our world is full of distractions. Being able to tune everything else out and work on one task at a time is important. It’s what focus is all about.

Success Skill # 6 Discipline  

Discipline has become a bit of a bad word. What this skill is really about is persistence. You have to work towards your success goals on a regular basis. Do something to move you forward every day if possible.

Success Skill # 7 Effective Communication

We work with other people. We deal with co-workers, customers, friends and family members. Being able to communicate effectively (both when speaking and in writing) helps us work better together and more efficiently. Clear communication also prevents misunderstandings, which can be a drain on time and energy.

Success Skill # 8 Networking

Success will come much faster if you’re able to leverage other people around you. Network so you have a group of people you can ask for feedback, advice, and support. They can help you avoid mistakes and get you in touch with others who can help you along the way.

Success Skill # 9 Positivity

Staying positive seems like such an ethereal concept, but being able to keep up a good attitude has a big impact on your overall success and quality of life. You’ll have more fun and stay more motivated when you can tap into positivity. Look for the good in anything that happens along your success journey.

Success Skill # 10 Patience

Last but not least, you need to embrace patience. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be in this for the long run. Lean to be patient and celebrate your little successes along the way.

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