Entrepreneurship is becoming a much more popular career path than it’s ever been before.  Due to resources such as the internet and social media alone, hopeful entrepreneurs are finding new pathways to bringing their ideas to fruition, and they’re seeing a lot of success in doing so.  So as entrepreneurship is on the rise, what are some of the major characteristics that a successful entrepreneur may hold?

Passionate & Motivated

Passion is one of the most essential components of being a successful entrepreneur.  To bring your ideas to life, and have them work out in your favor, they needed to be backed by a genuine passion.  This passion leads right into the motivation needed to turn that idea into a fruitful business venture that you can be proud of.  Your passion will also be essential when you’re working towards obtaining investors. Anyone investing in a potential idea or business wants to know there is a love and passion behind it; without it, the light can dim quickly.  “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs

Creative & Confident

Creativity is key when embarking on the path of entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurs can face serious competition depending on what industry they’re venturing into.  To best combat the competition, your idea needs to have creativity and innovation to separate it from anything similar.  Confidence is also key. Believe in what you’re doing, and show others they should too. Confidence in your entrepreneurial journey will give it the power to grow.

Action Oriented

A successful entrepreneur doesn’t wait for something to happen; they make the necessary moves to make things happen on their own.  Expect challenges and forks in the road, and be ready to address and overcome them. Challenges are inevitable, but with the right persistence and action, they can be used as the stepping stones to success.

Realistic

While being creative and confident about your ideas is essential, as an entrepreneur, you always want to maintain a certain level of realism.  Be realistic about ideas, end goals, timelines, etc. Know that success takes time, and having it happen overnight isn’t usually a reality. Make sure you’re setting goals that are attainable over time, and have a realistic outlook on potential challenges and even failures that you may face.