A new report released by Next BigFuture, a research and advocacy group focused on the development and implementation of smart city policy, highlights the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and highlights key areas for further research and development in 2020.
Among other things, Next Big Futures report reveals that a successful entrepreneur has a high level of self-confidence, has a strong sense of responsibility and is able to use their knowledge and skills to make a difference.
“An entrepreneur who is self-assured and can be a leader will be able to get ahead in their chosen field,” said James Smith, co-founder of Next Bigfuture and a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The survey found that the top traits of successful startups were entrepreneurial energy, optimism, curiosity, and creativity.
“If you can find that spark in them, then you’re probably on the right track,” Smith said.
Entrepreneur energy The energy, motivation, and passion of an entrepreneur are what make entrepreneurs tick.
“It’s very important to have a sense of purpose in your life,” Smith added.
“You want to get into business because you want to make something that is worth something, but also you want it to be something that people can use in their lives.
You want to be able do this, and that’s why an entrepreneur is the one that is going to lead the charge.”
Entrepreneur curiosity Entrepreneurs often have an innate curiosity and will pursue their passions in any capacity they can, Smith said, adding that there are plenty of people who are more interested in the arts, music, and technology than the sciences.
“I think the people who really make the biggest impact on the world are the ones who are willing to go out and work for themselves,” Smith continued.
“That’s why a lot of the things that entrepreneurs are working on are actually going to make the world a better place.”
Entrepreneurs with a high entrepreneurial curiosity will find it difficult to quit their day jobs or go on a short-term vacation, but Smith said they’ll make the most of that time.
“People who are entrepreneurial with a low entrepreneurial curiosity, they can get very creative and start new things,” he said.
“They can have a huge impact on what is happening in their world and what’s happening in the world at large.”
Entrepreneurus who have an entrepreneurial energy are usually the ones that have the most freedom to pursue their own passions.
“The people that are creative and are passionate about the world, they’re the ones with the most creativity, the ones, the creative ones, they really want to do things that are meaningful to them,” Smith noted.
Entrepreneurs who are highly entrepreneurial also tend to be the most ambitious, Smith added, because they are always trying to innovate and make something new out of what they have.
Entrepreneurus with a strong entrepreneurial curiosity also tend not to quit working for themselves and are often able to take on the full time responsibilities of a full-time job.
“When you have a passion for something, and when you can see that passion is actually a positive thing, then it becomes very hard to quit,” Smith explained.
“So you really have to keep working for it.
If you can’t do that, then at the end of the day you’re just going to be miserable.”
Entrepreneuropean identity The most common traits of the entrepreneurial personality, according to the survey, are a positive outlook, a desire to learn, a high-quality work ethic, and a willingness to work with others.
Entrepreneuropaths also tend toward a strong focus on their career, but they’re also willing to take risks and pursue new opportunities, Smith noted, pointing out that they’re willing to work hard to achieve success.
Entrepreneure personality traits 2020 is the next step in the Next BigTrend 2020 research.
“These are the people that you want the next generation of leaders to be,” Smith concluded.
“In 2020, we’re going to see a new generation of entrepreneurs that are the next leaders in their field, and the next entrepreneurs in the next ten years.”
The survey is available for free download on Next BigFrontiers.com.