What, exactly, does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur?
Earlier this month I shared some of the ways you can blog better, faster.¬† One of the strategies was to improve whatever skills you need to.
Monday we had a great discussion going on about college diplomas and whether they were necessary for success as an entrepreneur.¬† One common theme several smart commenters brought up was that the skills and self-confidence they developed as they pursued a degree were more useful than the actual knowledge they gained.
So let’s talk more about that mix of skills, strengths, and weaknesses.
What Are Your Strengths?
I think one of my greatest strengths has been a determination to make this work.¬† Bumps and even disasters along the way haven’t pushed me into giving up, at least not permanently.¬† I’m stubborn.¬† Bad quality in some situations, but a great quality for building a business.¬† Fall down 6 times, get up 7 times.
What strengths have you found helpful?¬† Do you know your own strengths or are you still learning to identify them?
Compensating for Weaknesses
There are some aspects of business I’m not good at.¬† I am terrible at networking in person.¬† For now, I tend to avoid that and compensate with internet marketing.
Have you found good ways to compensate for your weakness?¬† Permanently?¬† Or just while you strengthen them?
What Skills & Qualities Have Helped You?
As an entrepreneur, have you found certain skills or qualities have been useful?¬† What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur who’s looking to develop the skills needed to succeed?
Do you consider yourself a “typical” entrepreneur or does it often feel like you’re swimming upstream against yourself to create success?