Like millions worldwide, I was affected by the financial crisis in 2008 and lost my job. I had just made an offer on a new house days before my boss made the announcement that we would be laid off. It was a disaster.
Becoming an entrepreneur
So I began my search for ‘the perfect job’ and was intrigued by what was going on in the online world. I figured that if other people are were creating things online and making money, so could I.
But I was in for a shock. It wasn’t easy. There were many times in those early days that I wanted to give up. It was a lot of work.
And in the beginning there definitely much of a financial reward.
And therewas no one there to light a fire under me and hold me accountable for my actions, or my inaction for that matter.
Over those early days of launching my internet marketing business, I have learned that there are five key character traits among successful entrepreneurs.
Every individual needs to define what success is to them.
So what is success for you? If you are doing what you want to be doing, are able to provide for yourself or your family, and are meeting the goals that you have set for yourself, then you are successful in my book.
The five most useful character traits for success are:
When you are driven, you are very motivated to succeed no matter what. You are compelled to action and maintain momentum because you can clearly see where you are going.
When you are focused, the things that you desire come into clear view. You are able to complete tasks that need to get done without giving in to minor distractions or pitfalls. You concentrate on the goals that you want to achieve so that they remain in focus on a daily basis.
When you are patient you are able to wait for your dreams and goals to manifest and don’t give up on them just because they don’t happen overnight. A patient entrepreneur is capable of delaying gratification. You understand that things worth having are worth waiting for.
When you are determined you have made the decision that nothing will stand in the way of you and your goals. You keep pressing forward even in the face of adversity. Much like being driven, you are motivated to succeed no matter what. With determination AND drive, you can become an unstoppable force.
When you are disciplined you have the strength to get up every day and do the things that need to be done in order for you to achieve your goals. You are able to block out distractions that may seem like a good idea at the time, but ultimately only serve to delay or hinder your growth. Being disciplined can result from a beautiful combination of drive, focus, patience and determination plus the maturity to realize that you, and ONLY you, are accountable for your actions. When this realization is made, discipline is almost second nature.
Look to your future success
What does your financial future look like? Do you have the desire to lock down your security? Are you ready to take charge of your life and career? Whether you are looking to launch an Internet business or already run your own company, remember these five character traits, apply them daily and success can be yours.
About the Author: Liz C Bradshaw. If you would you like to receive more information on Internet marketing and how you can be successful, download Liz’s free guide here: http://www.bradshawmarketinggroup.com