Being an entrepreneur is a lot like being a professional sportsperson in many ways. If you want to run a successful business, it’s essential to understand the mental, psychological and behavioral characteristics that are the key building blocks for success. It starts with having a positive mental attitude. The indomitable US entrepreneur and retail brand building legend, Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies, said: “The one thing that I think is critical in the entrepreneurial spirit is that it’s all attitude. If you think you can, then you’re half way there. If you say, ‘I can’t,’ then you’re defeated.” Its hard to be a successful entrepreneur without a positive attitude because you are certain to experience difficult times along your business journey and your success or failure will be determined at these times. So there are a couple of key questions to ask yourself when starting out in business to test your positive attitude. Firstly, are you confident you can build a successful business, even when things might not go according to the original plan or take far longer than you could have thought possible? Secondly, do you feel good about your chances for success as an entrepreneur despite all the challenges that life might throw at you? If you can positively answer yes to both of these questions, then as Debbi Fields says: “You’re half way there.” It’s all about starting with a positive mental attitude.