Do you ever notice how some entrepreneurs shine brightly on the startup scene for a short while and then gradually fade from the scene, who make a splash but then fail to deliver companies of substance over the long haul? Those who manage to have long-term careers often embody attributes their "here-today-gone-tomorrow" counterparts don't have. If you want a lifelong career as a successful entrepreneur, following are five habits you might want to cultivate:
Revel in the Success of Others
Rather than be disillusioned or disgruntled when other entrepreneurs have more success than you, celebrate their victory and congratulate them on their success. A strong network built of individuals who raise each other up is a formidable strength few fully realize the potential of. Never miss an opportunity to congratulate a fellow entrepreneur on their moments of joy; they'll remember your thoughtfulness and are far more likely to have your back in the future.
Learn from Failures
Resilient entrepreneurs learn from failures. Instead of fretting over failed products or sales initiatives, use those stumbling blocks as an opportunity to evaluate and learn. When you take responsibility for your part in the process and understand how those failures happened, you can make more informed decisions next time. You'll be a much stronger entrepreneur when you use the power of your failures to propel yourself forward.
Entrepreneurs who have successful long-term careers are often voracious readers. Never stop expanding your knowledge base, and use that enthusiasm for learning to grow your business. Dive into details on new technologies, explore philosophical teachers, and learn from the teachings of past civilizations to power your business mentality. History has many powerful lessons for today's business leaders; a savvy entrepreneur is wise enough to use those lessons to make business decisions.
Holding business grudges does you more harm than it does your transgressors. Just as it is smart to learn from your failures, it is also smart to learn from situations in which you think others have wronged you. Examine why you're bearing a grudge, understand what your motivations are, and then transform your grudge into forgiveness. Not only will your business psyche be lighter, but you also might even find you've learned a valuable lesson you can use in business decisions in the future.
Welcome Ongoing Change
Successful entrepreneurs aren't frightened of change. Become a quick thinker, learn to analyze situations on-the-go, and welcome the chance to explore new opportunities. The more open you are to change, the better you're prepared to adapt to new possibilities and business ventures.
If you can manage to hone the above-listed entrepreneurial skills, your chances of a successful long-term career greatly increase. You'll be more enjoyable to work with, others are more likely to recommend you for opportunities, and your network will only grow stronger over time. Are you ready to double-down on improving your entrepreneurship skills?