8 Things Successful Self-Made Entrepreneurs Do That You Should Emulate

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So you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Well almost everyone wants the same thing or they have at least day dreamt about it. The bad news is that the road to success is not an easy one, at least from where I am standing; but these secrets can put you on the right track.

Here are a few things that multimillionaires do that you don’t or take for granted

They love what they do

Entrepreneurship is all about passion, the force that drives you. When you are passionate about your work, you care about the consequences. Most entrepreneurs say they never would have been successful if their vocation wasn’t something they cared about.

They work hard

For some reason, everybody assumes that successful self-made entrepreneurs don’t work hard. People want to attribute their successes to luck, scams etc, but they are the hardest working people I know and or heard about. If you want to be successful, work harder than everyone else and not only that but work hard on the right things. At the end of the day it’s all about work ethics.

They don’t lose focus

Don’t get distracted by the pursuit of money because it is only a score card for your own progress. Have a vision. Think big and then act boldly. Everyone has to start somewhere and that is at the very beginning. Set lofty goals, and then begin taking small steps to reach them.

They feed their brains

Self-made entrepreneurs educate themselves. Don’t be left behind, read business books and magazines. It’s always good to research the answer if you don’t know how to do something. Once you’ve read enough, the advice begins to be burned on your brain and you’ll begin to lead your business to success. Remember: knowledge is power but only when it’s put to use.

They focus on their strengths

You cannot be everything to everybody. Each of us has their own strengths and weaknesses.  To be effective you need to identify your strength and concentrate on it. You’ll become more successful if you are able to channel your efforts to areas that you do best. Seek help or assistance in areas that you may be poor at.

They take big risks (Go big or go home)

Successful self-made entrepreneurs take big boy risks. They probably won’t tell you what their big risk was, but almost all successful entrepreneurs have taken such risks. At some point you have to take chances and roll the dice to be successful

They have a supportive spouse

Having an understanding wife or husband who supports you is very important, especially in the struggles and the stress you have to overcome to be successful. Many spouses endured poverty and hardships with successful self-made entrepreneurs you envy today.

They have enough faith to get them going

No one said the road to success is smooth. Despite your good intentions and hard work, sometimes you will fail. Some successful self-made entrepreneurs suffered setbacks but managed to get back up and made it big. Your courage to persist in the face of adversity and ability to bounce back will assure your success.

Ogopotse Olebile

Ogopotse Olebile is the founder of Upstarter - a support platform for entrepreneurs and Taskbuddy - an online freelancer marketplace. He speaks and comments on entrepreneurial topics on various platforms.
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