They take risks.
Author John Burroughs famously wrote, “Leap and the net will appear.” Nothing rings truer for innovators. Being an entrepreneur means stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. It can be scary (really scary!) to quit your day job to pursue your passion. Heck, just putting yourself out there is intimidating. But born torchbearers know they have to take risks to succeed.
They also take rests.
All that hard work, all those risks and self-improvement, can drain your battery. Thriving innovators know they can’t run on empty so they take breaks to recharge. That might mean a 20-minute power nap, a long weekend, routing calls elsewhere
for a few hours, or enabling the beautiful peace and quiet of “do not disturb
.” Whatever it is, they emerge refreshed and ready to get back to work.
They’re open to feedback.
Like successful companies
, successful entrepreneurs are open to feedback, even when it’s not positive. It’s great to hear what you’re doing right. But effective innovators know it’s just as important—perhaps more so—to know what you’re doing wrong so you can make the necessary adjustments to improve.
And open to new things.
Wise entrepreneurs understand the power of an open mind. They know there’s a lot to learn in the world, and you won’t get far if you don’t try anything new. Whether it’s meeting with an unexpected investor or overhauling
an ancient phone system, innovators are less “why” and more “why not.”
They’re willing to fail.
Business pioneers know failure is a rite of passage. When things fail—mildly or spectacularly—they proudly add themselves to the lists
) of legendary innovators that failed but eventually came out on top. As Frank Sinatra famously sang
, “Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race,” they own up to their mistakes and embrace the chance to change course.
As we’ve mentioned before
, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Whether it’s getting customers or gaining followers, seasoned entrepreneurs know good things take time. So they’re patient, with themselves and others. They put in the work, look towards the future, and keep chugging along until their big break finally breaks through.
If there’s one thing constant about business, it’s that things are always changing. And successful entrepreneurs are up for the challenge. They know they can’t get stuck in their ways so they’re adaptable and go with the flow.