10 Things I have Learned From Entrepreneurs

For about six months now, I have been talking to and learning from so many entrepreneurs so I wanted to share with you 10 lessons that I have learned from them:

  1. They are driven and passionate: They usually have an insatiable will and desire to succeed. Their passions for their projects and ventures drives them to open up businesses and seek out solutions in order to solve problems.
  2. They are great time managers: Wake up early? Done. Work, go to school, AND manage a family? Done. They go the extra mile to achieve their goals and make time for their goals. Basically they squeeze in as much productivity as they can into the 24 hours that we all get.
  3. They are not whiners: One of my mentors likes to say to me "don't come to me with the problem, come to me with the solution". That is exactly the mindset that I have noticed in successful entrepreneurs. No matter what obstacle is placed in front of them, they find a way to turn that obstacle into something positive.  
  4. They delegate:  No one is perfect. Everybody knows that but successful entrepreneurs know that this is essential for maximum success and efficiency. They find people that are good at things that they are not good at and they delegate tasks and responsibilities to them. By doing this, they save themselves from headaches and who wouldn't say no to less headaches right? 
  5. They have egos:  The word ego is often misunderstood. Ego means belief in one's self while conceit is an inflated belief in one's self. The former is what a lot of great entrepreneurs have. They recognize that they need to believe in themselves in order to be successful and they constantly feed their egos. 
  6. They have mentors: Behind every great entrepreneur is a great mentor. Mentors are crucial because they offer guidance, advice and direction to entrepreneurs. Now mentors can come in the form of people, books or believe it or not past experiences.
  7. They are always learning: Entrepreneurs yearn for knowledge because knowledge is power so they read and obtain information voraciously via any medium.
  8. They surround themselves with people that challenge them: "You are the sum of the five people you hang around the most" Successful entrepreneurs refuse to accept complacency so they just don't. Excellence is what they strive for so they seek opportunities for challenges and often times these challenges come in the form of their friends. 
  9. They see failure as a stepping stone for future success: They don't dwell on their mistakes, they learn from them. When they fall, they pick themselves up and re-strategize.
  10. They don't make excuses: I was listening to singer/actor/author/motivational speaker Tyrese Gibson the other day and he said something that really caught my attention. He said "excuses sound best to those who make them". So so deep and so so true. When successful entrepreneurs want something, they go take it. It might take them longer than they anticipated but their eye is always on the prize. Excuses sound best to those who make them.

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Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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