This article comes from Entrepreneur.
Every successful entrepreneur must possess “A-Player” qualities.
I love the word “stickability” — your ability to persevere and persist. People will often advise that your idea won’t work. Turn that negative into a positive and don’t give up.
Growing up, I was frequently on the move, hungry, and homeless. Along my journey, strangers extended glimmers of kindness. After several brushes with death and a chance meeting with a dying child, it answered the question we all face: “Why am I here?”
—Frank Shankwitz, author and co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
You need complete clarity about “why” you’re doing what you’re doing so it feels like your life’s mission. Some days will challenge you to the point of wanting to quit. When those days come, the love for my students and commitment to changing their lives gets me through.
If you start a business only for profit, you’ll quit at the first hurdle. You won’t have the resilience to push past challenges. Find your true purpose, and nothing will stand in your way.
—Amy Sangster, co-founder of Infinite Prosperity; learn to invest, trade and build wealth with Infinite Prosperity’s free lessons
Wake up each day and know it’s going to happen — not wishing and hoping. Doubt resides in “I wish” or “I hope.” There’s no room for doubters and haters in any aspect of your life. Replace doubt with fearless faith in your ideas, actions, and those you surround yourself with.
As the inventor, Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” We’re all made of energy, so choose to charge yourself with an unshakable belief.
—Claire Cooper, award-winning actress, co-founder of Om & Ah; follow on Instagram
Shut down the little voice in your head whispering, “What are you doing?” or “You’re going to fail,” or “You’re the boss, stay in bed.” It’s hard being the boss if you have no one to answer to. Some days you’re the hammer (kicking butt) and other days you’re the nail (getting your butt kicked).
Never quit, no matter what. Stay humble. When you inevitably doubt yourself, just tell that voice, “Maybe, but I’ll give it another day and see what happens.”
—Steve Griggs, founder, and CEO of Steve Griggs Design; NYC’s premier landscape designer transforming backyards and rooftop gardens into private getaways
Every day, I get a front row seat watching thousands of entrepreneurs create and launch online courses and products. There’s one characteristic that sets the successful ones apart: the unshakable belief that everything is “figure-out-able.”
The entrepreneur with this belief can launch a program and get 50 people in the first time. Then they dig in, figure out what to tweak, and get 500 the next time. This mindset gives you an edge and agility to move quickly — even before every part of the product or strategy is perfected — which builds confidence. Without this belief, entrepreneurs often pivot from one idea to the next when things move too slowly or don’t go as planned. They end up running in circles.
—Jeanine Blackwell, bestselling author, creator of The Expert Experience Method; trained over 40,000 experts (including Fortune 500 companies) to package their expertise into products; connect with Jeanine on Facebook
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