By Success Lab Contributor: Lara Nercessian, Boss in Heels
“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” – R.H. Sin
Every successful entrepreneur started somewhere. There is no magic formula that instantly propels you from the office chair of your 9-5 job to the wonderful world of entrepreneurship. For some, dreaming of being their own boss may take years to come into fruition. And for others, they continue to manage their job whilst working on their side hustle in the mornings, evenings and weekends. Through speaking to numerous entrepreneurs, it is evident that there is no clear cut road. Everyone’s path to entrepreneurship is unique and different.
There are however a number of key qualities that successful entrepreneurs possess. In honour of International Women’s Day, here are some of the key qualities that contribute to the anatomy of an entrepreneurial woman:
In order to have vision and generate great ideas, you must ensure you are in the perfect state of mind for idea creation. In his book “Where Good Ideas Come From,” Steve Johnson, who has spent years researching and writing about this subject, believes you are more likely to generate great ideas when you:
- Explore and experiment in different areas.
- Allow your idea to develop slowly, over time.
- Are exploring and open to the idea of serendipitous connections.
- Make mistakes.
- Look for new uses for old inventions.
- Build on platforms that have come before.
Entrepreneurial women have vision and an ability to think outside the box when it comes to their product or business. Some of the best business ideas are born from seeking solutions to the problems we already have.
Discipline is an essential quality of all successful entrepreneurial women. Discipline is what kicks in when your excitement, curiosity and motivation dissipate. If you have the ability to force yourself to do something, despite how you may feel, it can be one of the single most contributing factors to your success. In fact, Robert Kiyosaki said “Self-Discipline is the no. 1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class and the poor.”
Successful entrepreneurial women know what they need to do, and do it regardless of how they may feel.
George Bonanno is a clinical psychologist at Columbia University and has studied resilience for almost 25 years. Through his research, Bonanno has determined that one of the central elements of resilience is perception. It is only when you are faced with obstacles, challenges and threats, that resilience, or the lack of it, emerges. Bonanno has found that when it comes to resilience, individuals either conceptualise an event as traumatic, or an opportunity to learn and grow.
It is no surprise that entrepreneurial women view obstacles and challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow. They persist, when the easy option is to give up. It is this ability that helps entrepreneurial women resolve in advance that they won’t give up, no matter what happens.
Women tend to criticise each other, and often feel pressured by what others think of them. As women, we are often our own biggest critics. This pressure can often create a negative and daunting environment to live in, especially when you put yourself out there as an entrepreneurial woman. Learning to have self-love and the ability to back yourself up is incredibly important.
As Tom Bilyeu said, “What matters most is how you feel about yourself when you’re by yourself. Earn credibility for yourself. When you say you’ll do it; do it. How can you get hurt by what other people say when you respect yourself?”
During her TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown talked to the notion that in everything we do, fear and criticism will always be there to greet us. The best course of action is to show up anyway and keep moving forward. The more you stand up to these negative emotions, the more courage you will develop.
Entrepreneurial women have the courage to take the road less travelled. They have the ability to feel the fear, and do it anyway. They show up and do the work, irrespective of what others may think or say. Entrepreneurial women are driven by a force that enables them to believe in themselves and their vision.
Entrepreneurial women understand the power of investing in themselves. They are constantly looking to improve in their careers and their lives. They know that an investment in themselves will pay the highest reward.
By investing in themselves personally, professionally, mentally and physically, entrepreneurial women develop a competitive edge through:
- Overcoming limiting self-beliefs.
- Increased self-confidence.
- Improved decision-making capabilities.
- Purpose and clarity.
- Taking action.
7. A WOMAN’S INTUITION
Having a woman’s intuition not only applies to our personal lives, but extends to business as well. It is important to understand who to align yourself with when it comes to business, but equally important to understand who not to work with. Having a woman’s intuition also applies to not taking on a project because it does not align with your vision. It is the power of saying no to the people and things that are not in line with who you are, or where you want to go.
THE ANATOMY OF ENTREPRENEURIAL WOMEN
What are some of the qualities you believe it takes to become a successful entrepreneurial woman? We would love to hear you share your thoughts, comments and experiences.