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The 15 Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs

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There is no one right way to be an entrepreneur. Business leaders come from all sorts of backgrounds and have varying areas of expertise.

You might be an entrepreneur if you have some of these personality traits:

1. You think on your feet.

While you have a facility for planning and organization, you aren't afraid to throw out the outline and go in a different direction. 

2. You doubt yourself.

If you feel insecure, you know that it doesn't mean you will fail. Instead, you channel that nervous energy. You can find that you have a renewed focus for the task at hand.

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3. You are inventive.

Even if you don’t have the resources you think you need, you're able to take a step back and use what’s at your disposal.

4. You have a mind for money.

Ah, yes, revenue. You are endlessly intent on making sure your venture is profitable.

5. You don't fear controversy.

Being successful often means disrupting the status quo.

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6. You take risks.

And you see the risks you take as fruitful possibilities and opportunities to grow.

7. You are active.

Constantly hustling and one the move, you understand that it is your drive that powers your company and energizes your employees.

8. You are open to change.

You know that your company will only triumph if you evolve and change as the customer and market demands.

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9. You can sell yourself.

Promoting your vision is like second nature to you. Meanwhile, you often look inward to improve your performance.

10. You rise to the occasion.

When things get tough, you feel motivated and get into gear.

For five more signs you are an entrepreneur, check out the video above.  

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Edition: December 2016

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