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5 Great Traits Effective Entrepreneurs Share

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Entrepreneurs are like snowflakes: no two are exactly alike. But despite their differences, great businesspeople often share certain characteristics that drive success. We’ve sorted through Entrepreneur’s coverage from the past year and chosen five great traits that define the effective entrepreneur, all courtesy of leaders in social media, innovation and business. Let their insights help you better understand how the most interesting people make their dreams a reality.

Trait #1: They’re surrounded by those who share their passion.
Entrepreneurs understand that they can’t go it alone. Gautam Gupta, the chief executive officer of NatureBox, says that “because you can expect long work hours and hard days in the beginning, personal drive and shared similar values with your colleagues will see you through this time. This enthusiasm translates to a positive customer experience. And that’s what will build your business.”

Trait #2: They know themselves.
When you know your strengths and weaknesses, you’re better prepared to build a team that complements you and can help you reach your goals. Whether you’re a “helper,” an “arbitrator” or a “driver,” start-up mentor Martin Zwilling says “to reach your highest leadership potential, you have to stay true to yourself, rather than trying to conform to other people’s images of the best you.” He adds, “If you truly commit to learning more about yourself and becoming the best that you can be, you will discover that all challenges are really the seeds of opportunity.”

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