4 Ways to Be a Winning Entrepreneur
There are many characteristics that differentiate winners from non-winners. See if you have what it takes to be a winner in all that you do.
We all want to be winners, right? Here are some traits to keep in mind when it comes to the difference between winners and non-winners.
Winners are usually people who set goals (realistically and with a measure of "stretch"), make commitments and, in the long run, keep them. Non-winners usually set goals (unrealistic and "safe"), duck commitments and, in the long run, fail to meet them.
Non-winners look for the easy way out. They believe others "owe" them a living. They externalize their failures—rationalizing away their own failings. They hide their notOKness behind braggadocio and plastic extroversion. When encountering the slightest obstacle, they become immobilized. If they can move at all, they choose the path of least resistance, then wonder why this choice leaves them dead-ended most of the time.
Winning vs. non-winning traits
The following characteristics can be found within non-winners:
Non-winner Trait No. 1: Being I-centered, amateurish and unable to plan any further than today.
Non-winner Trait No. 2: Not being able to think on their own—being a poll taker. Non-winners might ask "How am I doing?" to other people repeatedly.
Non-winner Trait No. 3: Needing constant validation, which never comes.
Non-winners are the antithesis of everything winners stand for. The following characteristics can be commonly found within winners.
Winner Trait No. 1: Working for what they have instead of depending on others to take care of their needs.
Winner Trait No. 2: Accepting responsibility for their behavior.
Winner Trait No. 3: Being confident instead of cocky.
Winner Trait No. 4: Expecting to face obstacles and roadblocks, but not allowing these temporary setbacks to alter their
Seeking success and overcoming obstacles
Winners can see the future—they are true magicians. How can they foresee the future when non-winners cannot? Because they make the future. Winners are goal setters and goal achievers. When faced with an obstacle or roadblock, winners lie down by the side of the road and try to figure out how they got there (which non-winners do), they don’t hold up their hands and yell, "Take me out coach, it's too tough here!" (which is the non-winner's favorite one-liner). Winners take action, check their plan of action to see if they had anticipated the problem and already made provisions for its solution. If not, winner deal with the obstacle and continue to move forward or around it.
Non-winners seek escape from pain, while winners seek the achievement of happiness. Non-winners exist for the sake of avoiding punishment, while winners exist for the sake of earning rewards. Non-winners spend their sales career belly-aching and externalizing failures. Winners chart their course, cover it with unswerving determination, and achieve the success they rightfully deserve.
Everyone, including you, is a winner. You possess the will to determine if you will win today, or if you will "non winner" it. Careful how you choose, as it will shape your choice tomorrow—and the next day. The secret to becoming a winner is to win a little bit every day in all that you do.
Tom Scully is sales consultant and owner of a Sandler Training franchise in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.