Guest Post by: Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
There is no doubt about it, this business era calls for superior knowledge and skills. It requires decisive, focused entrepreneurs with critical and creative thinking abilities; entrepreneurs who are agile enough to adapt to the ever-changing business environment. So, to achieve success in business and rise above the majority, you need to invest in yourself and develop those key qualities and disciplines that average people lack; these are special qualities that are both measurable and observable.
Here are 5 key qualities every entrepreneur needs.
How you weather the inevitable storms in business, demonstrates your inner strength as an entrepreneur. After all, a captain earns his reputation when steering a safe path during stormy weather, not in calm seas. It is during these times that the captain wins medals and rises in the ranks. The same is true when conducting business – can you keep going, even when the outlook is bleak and your entrepreneurial path a little stormy?
This is something you work on to develop, in the same way that you lift weights to develop muscle strength. Start with the little self–discipline you have and then build on it - stick to actions, thoughts and behaviours necessary to achieve improvement and success.
With intensifying competition, increasing customer expectations and declining resources, you are expected to produce more – faster and better - with less; this calls for highly committed and results-oriented business owners. Commitment ignites action…
Lifelong learning is the only way to remain competitive in your business. Gain better understanding of entrepreneurship ecosystems, key players and structures. Immerse yourself in your area of expertise and learn more than anyone else so you can become a person to whom others defer. This will automatically put you in a position of leadership.
Building effective relationships
Make a habit of building and maintaining a network of high quality relationships to leverage from in order to build a scalable business.
So, what are you waiting for? Make that investment in yourself today and get the competitive edge in business that you are looking to achieve.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn