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7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs (As Shown in GIFs)

It is a universal truth, that in order to be an entrepreneur there are certain traits you must have (besides being a little crazy.) Here at Skillcrush, we meet a lot of dedicated, hardworking entrepreneurs. We rounded up 7 common traits of successful entrepreneurs and then used funny GIFs to demonstrate them. Enjoy!


1. Willingness to fail


Entrepreneurs have to be comfortable with failing because inevitably it will happen. You have to be willing to fail in order to pursue your goal. If not, you will always ask ‘What if?”

2. Pursuit of education


A good entrepreneur wants to know everything that has to do with how their company will work as well as subjects that may not even seem related. They don’t just study what their business, they learn about everything they can to fuel their passions and goals. A real entrepreneur will always be asking questions.

3. Confidence


Jenny Q. Ta, successful entrepreneur, author, and CEO of, said in a company statement that all successful entrepreneurs have confidence. “Belief in oneself is a universal characteristic of serial entrepreneurs. You must believe in yourself, and believe in your vision. This does not mean you can never have a moment of doubt, but it does mean that your doubts cannot be allowed to overwhelm your core belief in what you are trying to do. If it gets to the point where you’re having brief moments of belief instead of brief moments of doubt, it may be time to go back to the drawing board,” she said. 

4. The right amount of rebellion


Entrepreneurs are inherently rule breakers. They have to have that healthy dose of rebellion or they would never try anything.

5. Self-motivation

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Starting your own company is not for a person that prefers to just sit on the couch all day. You have got to be a hustler and a self-starter. Ta says, “Sitting around believing in yourself won’t get much done. You must be motivated to work toward the realization of your vision. Furthermore, your motivation should come from within. Other people cannot push you to greatness. If you need constant kick-starting, your chances of success are greatly reduced.”

6. Competitive Spirit


Whether you like it or not, business is a competition and if you want to be a leader, you better want to win the game.

7. Understanding of your own limitations


Ta says, “This may seem like the opposite of #1, but it is not. While you need confidence to succeed, you also need to be able to view your own abilities objectively. A good entrepreneur is a good leader, and a good leader knows when to listen to others. If you stubbornly refuse to consider other viewpoints, or you insist on doing things yourself that would be better done by people with a more suitable skill set, you are steering your enterprise toward failure.”