“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” said Walt Disney, the pioneer of the animation industry. For any aspiration, whether it is to climb the world’s highest peak, touch the North Pole or swim across the English Channel, fearlessness is an important trait. However, like Walt Disney, if your aim is to become a successful entrepreneur, you will require a bagful of other qualities as well, because this journey is too long and too rough.
For an entrepreneur, failures and setbacks await at every corner. Billionaire entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Cher Wang, Richard Branson or Elon Musk too paid their fair share of dues before becoming the epitome of success. Their never-give-up-attitude is one of the many qualities entrepreneurs cultivate to make their dreams come true.
While every entrepreneur’s story is different, their pivotal qualities can be woven by anyone. In this feature, Soulveda peers into the minds of successful entrepreneurs to reveal what makes them unique and torchbearers of our future.
It starts with passion
Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are famous for their gruesome schedule and work hours. Similarly, many entrepreneurs work around 80 hours a week and still look fresh and excited. What do you think motivates them to push beyond their comfort zone? It’s their passion. It is their incessant strength and motivation that doesn’t let entrepreneurs flutter in the face of failure and criticism. This immutable passion is their weapon and shield. Without it, any goal is merely wishful thinking, despite the support of investors and customer strength.
Passion gives entrepreneurs a purpose; a reason to wake up in the morning and chase their dreams. It doesn’t matter how fierce the competition is or whether their goal is attainable. A passionate entrepreneur can make the impossible possible.
The art of forging a connection
The world took notice of Steve Jobs’ exceptional communication skills when he unveiled the first iPhone at San Francisco’s Macworld conference in 2007. With his eloquent storytelling and ability to connect with the audience, Jobs held everyone’s attention and curiosity. In the years to come, he continued to hone his communication skills, eventually transforming into one of the best orators in the history of entrepreneurship.
Since then, such keynotes and launch events have paved the way for entrepreneurs to share their ideas and visions with the world. But the importance of effective communication is not limited to the world’s stage. When the going gets tough, entrepreneurs speak the words of inspiration to keep their team’s spirit high. But here’s the thing—building a connection with others is not about words or the business. Effective communication—that reaches the hearts of listeners—is about building a bridge of empathy and trust with the audience. It’s an art mastered by every successful entrepreneur.