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10 of the Most Important Skills You Need to be a Successful Entrepreneur [Infographic]


Editor’s Note: This post is by Paul Slezak, Cofounder and CEO of RecruitLoop – the World’s largest marketplace of expert Recruiters and Sourcers available on-demand.

A successful entrepreneur is someone who possesses the right people skills and business sense. But are those the only skills that one must have in order to be successful?

Let’s take a look at 10 of the most important skills that are required for being a successful entrepreneur:

  1. Adaptability: It is important for an entrepreneur to be able to adapt well to changing market conditions and demands. A successful entrepreneur is one who is able to adapt themselves in a constantly evolving market.
  2. Ability To hire right: A successful entrepreneur is one who knows that he alone cannot get everything done. So he needs to be able to hire people who have the right skills for the job. He also knows the importance of hiring people who have a positive attitude towards work.
  3. Focus: It is important for a successful entrepreneur to be able to focus on their goals in order to achieve them. Lack of focus can lead them astray from the path to success.
  4. Passion: Half-hearted attempts at anything can never be successful. An entrepreneur needs to be passionate about their work and about achieving their goals.
  5. Ability to manage negative emotions: We all have our highs and lows from time to time. But a successful entrepreneur is one who is able to recover from the lows quickly. They should be able to manage their negative emotions well so that it does not interfere with their goals.
  6. Self-awareness: A successful entrepreneur is self-aware. This means that they are completely aware of their strengths and weaknesses. This ensures that they do not overestimate or underestimate their capabilities and be successful.
  7. Innovation: It is important for a successful entrepreneur to be able to think out-of-the-box. Innovation is the key to rising above your competition and creating products that customers will love.
  8. Ability to sell: A successful entrepreneur is able to assess market needs effectively. Based on such knowledge they need to be an efficient salesperson, not pushy but consultative.
  9. Ability to accept criticism: A successful entrepreneur is one who is able to take criticism positively and learn from it. This ensures that they do not repeat the same mistakes and make more mature business decisions.
  10. Self-reliance: Above all, a successful entrepreneur needs to be self-reliant. They need to have the ability to depend on solely themselves, when needed, to get something done.

These are just some of the most important skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. Of course there are many more but this is a good starting point on the journey towards successful entrepreneurship.

To learn more about these qualities, check out this awesome Gifographic created by Shane Barker, cofounder at

10 of the Most Important Skills You Need to Be Successful as an Entrepreneur

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Paul Slezak

Cofounder and CEO at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for nearly 25 years. Follow me @paul_slezak.


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