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9 Qualities of an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you’ll need many important traits and skills that set you apart from other professionals. Many of the best qualities of an entrepreneur are those you can develop while still in university, as well as through internships and part-time jobs.

Here are 9 important qualities of an entrepreneur:

1. Innovative

As an entrepreneur, your creativity is your most important tool. Innovative individuals are always coming up with new, original ideas, and thinking of how to create something completely unique. This is one of the most important qualities of an entrepreneur because it is the basis on which you will create your business.

2. Self Motivated

When you’re starting your own company you are also your own boss. As there isn’t anyone to tell you what to do or when to do it, entrepreneurs need to be extremely self-motivated in order to launch and grow a successful venture. If you can motivate yourself to get things done, you’ll have an easier time motivating those around you!

3. Confident

Confidence is key! When you’re starting your own company, nobody believes in your vision more than you. You’ll need to display confidence in order to convince others to support your endeavor and make sure that it is successful.


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4. Adaptable

If you’re ready for anything, nothing can stop you. As an entrepreneur, you’ll inevitably come up against challenges and setbacks. Adaptability is one of the best qualities an entrepreneur can have because it allows you to modify your plans and make necessary changes at a minute’s notice.

5. Emotionally Intelligent

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand the emotions of those around you and determine the correct, empathetic response. As an entrepreneur, you’ll likely end up managing or organizing other people to help you realize your vision. Additionally, you might be reaching out for funding to help get your company off the ground.

6. Organized

Organization skills will help you to keep your venture on track. You’ll need to organize finances and have detailed schedules for launching your business. The more organized you are, the smoother your endeavors will go!


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7. Passionate

You are the person driving your vision forward. Your passion is what your company is built on, and the more passionate you are about your idea, the stronger foundation you’ll build. Many people choose to become entrepreneurs so that they can follow their passion. If you aren’t passionate, you’ll have a difficult time following through with your idea when the going gets tough. When you’re working as your own boss, passion is key to getting things done.

8. Open Minded

Entrepreneurs are open to new ideas, changes, and improvements. If you’re open to suggestions and constructive criticism, both you and your company will improve quickly. Open-mindedness can also help to strengthen your professional relationships. Taking into account and seriously considering other people’s opinions and ideas will make them want to work for you and with you.

9. Multilingual

While it isn’t essential to speak another language, being bilingual is definitely an asset if you are an entrepreneur. If you can speak more than one language, you easily grow the number of people you can communicate and connect with. Additionally, many companies hope to someday operate internationally, and bilingual entrepreneurs will have a much easier time of expanding!


Apply now to develop the qualities of an entrepreneur and boost your career with a global internship.


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Blog by Elizabeth Trovall

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