Both the opportunities and challenges can be overwhelming. However, the women who are going to be successful, whatever their definitions of success, remain focused on how success looks and how it feels.
They are the ones who are intent on changing the future for themselves, their families and their communities. They see themselves as entrepreneurs whether they are in individual practice or in large organizations. They adopt the attitude that if it is to be it must be me.
They cannot allow themselves to dwell on why women have not been successful; they must look at where women have been successful and adjust their attitudes and behaviors to accomplish their goals.
So, what are the characteristics you need to be a successful entrepreneur?
- Find your passion. Focus on what matters. Learn to say no to the unimportant.
- Be an insatiable learner. Become an expert and share your expertise.
- Be bold. Promote yourself and your cause. Learn to make requests. Ask for the sale, the donation or the opportunity.
- Network. Build a team of like-minded women and men who share your passion. Build relationships in all your circles. It is only through relationships that ideas spread and opportunities arise.
- Get and stay organized…focus, focus, focus. Learn to use the right tools. Think and act strategically.
- Take care of yourself. Take time for yourself and your family. Invest in yourself. Again, learn to say no.
Women entrepreneurs have made tremendous strides in business and industry. Women-owned firms have grown. Venture capitalists are more willing to invest in women-owned firms than every before. According to Sara Blakely, “There is room for improvement, but the U.S. ranked #1 among 17 countries on having the conditions that foster high potential female entrepreneurship, according to Gender-Global Entrepreneurship Development Index (GEDI). These conditions include entrepreneurial environment, entrepreneurial eco-system and entrepreneurial aspirations.”
When women see the potential and focus on the possibilities, we won’t need to have these discussions. We won’t discuss who was the first women who… We can get down to the business of making a difference.
For more information on tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit, take a look at the Top 10 TED Talks Every Woman Should See. The ideas are certainly worth spreading. You may also want to see CNN’s 10 Visionary Women. These women are truly inspiring.
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