There are many negative traits our society seriously frown at.
If you have any of these traits, you`re seen as a stupid person. As children, we were punished for displaying some of these attributes and as adults we are criticized or neglected.
Unfortunately, society is not always correct in its judgement of what is good or bad.
There are some very good traits that are being misinterpreted as bad. There are some other very good traits that show themselves in another colour, so our environment sees them as bad.
Below, I will be sharing with you some of the traits and attributes which could actually be an indication that you can become a successful business owner.
If you have one or more of the below attributes, you may consider working hard to build few others so as to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Let`s get in:
- If you`re stubborn
Being stubborn is frown at in our society. Many times as children some of us were criticized and tortured for being stubborn, so we think stubbornness is a very bad attribute.
No. it`s not.
The number one trait of every successful business owner, you will be surprised, is stubbornness.
How do I mean? You go and interview any successful business owner you know and ask him to tell you the number one secret of his success. He will tell you it is persistence.
What is persistence? Persistence is stubbornness, period. It is when we want to repackage some words we give them a better name. Persistence is when you continue pursuing what you believe will succeed, even while other people around you think you`re stupid.
How else can we define stubbornness?
Stubbornness is when you continue doing certain thing, though you have been warned not to do it any longer.
This is my point.
If you have a child who is very stubborn, if well nurtured, that child is likely to grow up and become rugged, determined and persistent in pursuing his/her goals (in life or business)
Without a rugged, determined and a stubborn heart, I doubt if you can ever achieve anything worthwhile in the business world and life. This is because you will make mistakes, fall and fail many times. It is your stubborn heart that will keep you going.
Let`s listen to what other people have to say:
“You need a stubborn belief in an idea in order to see it realized” James Dyson
“I am a very stubborn person. I think it has helped me over my career” David Beckham
So if you have perceived yourself to be very stubborn, if for many times as a child you were been beaten so many times for being very stubborn, congrats. You`re not a bad person. In fact, you have got one major trait you need to achieve success as a business owner.
- If you hate receiving instructions
Some of us hate it when we are instructed (especially by someone we really don`t respect or to do the task we hate doing). If you`re the type who always frown at the way your boss sends you around or the way other people around you instruct you, look deep inside you. You have a powerful motivation inside of you.
Most people who are successful business owners today started in that way not because it was easier than getting job. No. it was never easy.
Most entrepreneurs are “proud” people who love freedom. They hate being guided by organizational rules. They hate being giving instructions. This “proud” attitude in them is the reason why they decided to be in business of their own so they will have no boss.
I`m a living testimony of this.
Ever since I was a boy, I love freedom. Not just that, I hate receiving instruction from people I don`t respect (and I know I will likely not like my boss at work). I hate being ask to do the job or task I don`t have passion for.
This “pride” in me is the reason why I told myself, “Stephen, you will rather become a business owner or die!”
Let`s face it. Most of us actually hate being instructed. We hate doing what is not our passion. In fact, most of us don`t like or respect our boss at work, but we have not taking time to actually face this our threat.
You don`t have to die enduring instructions from people who you don`t have any regard for, to do the task you hate doing.
I know you`re angry. But I’m here to tell you that you can (and should) convert your anger to freedom.
If you hate receiving instruction to do what you don`t like, it`s a trait that shows that you can actually get enough passion from your anger that will sustain you while pursuing your business vision.
- If you love to defeat people and win in competition
Some of us love to take other people`s girlfriends. Some of us feel good when we fight because of a girl and she eventually becomes ours.
We are competitive in nature. We love it when our football team wins. We love to drag things, make plans and defeat some other people. What a very good business trait, but misdirected.
Business people are highly competitive in nature. In fact, if you`re not competitive you cannot succeed in business. I remember thinking earlier this year, “Stephen, you have to ‘kill’ that man by all means’”. By “kill” here I mean, defeat him out of business.
If you have discovered that you are highly competitive in nature, you love winning, you love to defeat others and win, don`t see it as a complete bad attribute. It`s a sign you will do well in the business world.
- If you love doing things in your own way
I remember as a little boy, if my father asked me to get him a cup of water (for example), I may bring a jug full with water. My father (and others) would complain, “why don`t you know how to follow simple instruction?” I would protest saying, “Daddy, I thought you would need much water, since you`re just coming from farm”
In our society, it is stupid to do things in a different way other than the lay down way. You`re considered a lawbreaker and an idiot, but I’m here to tell you, it`s a very good trait to love doing things in your own way.
Darren Hardy posted a photo of some great men on his facebook page as I saw it this morning, titled, “Do you DARE stray from the herd?” by this, Darren means, can you have courage to do things in your own way? If yes, you can become a successful business owner.
You ask why?
I will explain.
Innovation is the blood of any successful business. Without innovation, there will never be a successful business.
How do we get to be innovative?
By straying away from the herd. By doing things differently.
If you`ve discovered that you`re a “stupid” Joe who receives so much criticism for doing things in your own way, you have got a very great business skill.
- If you complain about many things
Complaints is a negative attribute. I hate it. This is not to say that I don`t complain, but I don`t love to complain only with my mouth. I love to tackle issues. Complaint leads us to negative emotion (either of hate or of resentment) but we can redirect that emotion into another (positive) emotion of passion.
Many entrepreneurs started their business journey by finding solution to certain thing that really make them angry.
Not just business, all other greatness emanate from the emotion of hate turned to passion. It was when Martin Luther got angry that he started leading protest against racism. It was when our forefathers (Awolowo, Azikwe etc) got angry that they fought for independence. It was when Isaac Durojaiye got angry that he started mobile toilet business in Lagos.
Anger is a furious emotion that is very powerful. If properly directed, your anger can solve a national problem that will make you rich, so stop complaining and see how you can create solution to some problem you`re complaining about.
- If you talk too much
If you talk too much, I personally may not like you. But that doesn`t make you a bad person. Sales people are usually talkative. Now you see, selling is an integral part of business. Every business person must have selling skills.
If you have been criticized as being a talkative, that may be a strength in you which can help you to succeed faster in the business world.
- If you`re domineering
Being domineering is a very bad attribute. I`m guilty of this trait. I have started working on myself for some times and I cannot tell how far I have improved now (until situations test my heart).
Domineering people are people who always want to have their ways. When you`re arguing with them, they want to prove they know it all. When they are contesting election they want to win with 80% (I remember I did this on campus). They just want to dominate.
A bad trait (I’m ashamed), but which can be turned into a business success.
Most business people are domineering. They want to get all the market, though they know it`s not possible. They are just too pasionate to win, win and win.
I remember reading from wordpress founder, Matt Mullenweg. WordPress is the most popular website hosting platform in the world. It powers over 60 million websites and blog, yet I heard Matt saying, “There are still many websites not on wordpress!”
Only a domineering person can think that way. For most business people, taking 70% of the market share doesn`t please them. Why not ALL, is the way business people think.
Call it greed if you like, the truth of the matter is, it`s the domineering spirit that keeps entrepreneurs working very hard.
Were you criticized of being domineering? Then you may be a successful business owner.
- If you`re too inquisitive
Are you the type that asks too many questions and you`re told it`s not good? Don`t mind your critics. The fact that you ask too many question (maybe when you`re a child) is an evidence that you are a researcher.
Business people are naturally researchers. They are people who search around to find out what others don`t know. They are people who search for information their competitors don`t know, then use such information to win their competitors.
If you`re inquisitive, you are a researcher. If you`re a researcher, you can succeed in the business world by learning few other business traits.
- If you love to fight
Lol. This is really bad if you`re over 18. But maybe you loved to fight as a little boy. This may be because you`re confrontational. It`s a good business skill.
How? Many times there are so many people in the market already doing the kind of business you want to start. You need a confrontational spirit to be able to get in.
Business person must be able to say, “I will face them and win them”
If you look at the above nine traits and find that 3 or more of them are in you, you may just be the next richest man in Africa.
No. it won`t happen by magic. You will need to acquire other business skills and be willing to take action.
You will as well need to learn how to discover business opportunities and ideas so has to showcase your business traits
(You can get our training on how to discover business ideas and opportunities)