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?