Whether you intend to build your own successful startup or wish to master another big task, there are certain personality traits that are very helpful and even necessary to achieve your goals in life.

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Whether you intend to build your own successful startup or wish to master another big task, there are certain personality traits that are very helpful and even necessary to achieve your goals in life. Many successful entrepreneurs like Andrew CarnegieWalt DisneyJeff Bezos or Steve Jobs have some crucial personality traits in common which enable them to accomplish outstanding projects. The 4 listed traits are among the most important and helpful, not only for entrepreneurship but also for the accomplishment of other outstanding goals.

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1. Persistence

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. –Michael Jordan

How do you deal with problems and unexpected stumbling blocks along your way? The important question here is: do you give up after one failure after the other, or do you learn from your mistakes and continue to find new ways to achieve your goals? Your persistence depends very much on your goal. If you feel a strong enthusiasm for your big goal, it is more likely that you will fight for it till you achieve it instead of giving up. Rather than working on a compromise goal, because you fear that your initial one might be unachievable, set small intermediate goals which lead to your big, final goal in the end. In addition, persistence is also accompanied by strong self-esteem. A person who feels a strong enthusiasm and commitment for their goal and also believes in their personal ability to achieve this goal will be more likely to keep going.

2. Thirst for Knowledge

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. –Jim Rohn

A main part of our knowledge is acquired through different experiences we make in our life. While experience is an important part of both business and private life, the unsuccessful experiences you make along your way will be only beneficial and of value if you learn from them instead of repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Furthermore, the eagerness to explore new things and learn is a vital technique to create new ideas, allowing one to see things from a different point of view which can bring you closer to your goal. Creativity is a skill that can be learned.

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3. Keen Observer of Human Nature

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell

Entrepreneurs are always surrounded by people, unless they are all-round talents who are good at everything (how many of those do you know?). Therefore it’s important for them to know who will fit into their team, which abilities are important and how they can inspire and motivate people to work on a common goal. One of the most successful entrepreneurs, Andrew Carnegie, attributed his industrial success to placing the right people in the right positions. He suggested for his own epitaph, “Here lies a man who was able to surround himself with men far cleverer than himself.” Good leadership skills include that you know what drives people, how incentives need to be shaped to ensure collaboration and how to create a positive working environment. If you know what inspires, drives and motivates the people in your life and which people you need in your life to achieve your personal and professional goals, it’s much easier for you to build long-lasting relationships and collaborations.

4. Take Risks

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If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

Founders live with a good deal of risks all the time, especially in the very beginning. Oftentimes, a small change in the economy or the customer base, a new business rival or a legal issue can cause serious threat for the whole start-up. The willingness to live with possible obstacles every day and find ways to solve these unexpected problems and to be prepared for them is a vital part of that business. Another point is that while most people are risk averse, entrepreneurs need to take some certain risks in order to use possibilities that will move their project forward. It doesn’t mean one has to go for broke in order to achieve your goals but that you should take some well-thought-out risks from time to time.

Keep theses attributes and success drivers in mind the next time you work on your goal – it might open a lot of new possibilities and chances.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! – Alan Scott