7 Attitudes that Separate Successful Business Owners from the Rest


What makes a great business owner? It’s not just about achievements, accolades and awards. It’s also about attitude! Here are 7 attitudes that separate successful business owners from the rest:

  1. They Don’t Procrastinate

Successful business owners understand that “tomorrow” never really comes — because there’s always one more after that, and then again, and again. The realize that the biggest threat to productivity is procrastination, because once it starts it can go on forever. Retail Management Solutions, which creates and implements pharmacy point-of-sale technology, has an inspiring article on this that could change your destiny: check it out here.

  1. They Don’t Blame Others

There’s a categorical difference between understanding the true root cause of a problem or situation, and merely laying blame. The former is objective, fact-based and solution-oriented. In other words, it’s scientific. The latter is essentially about finding scapegoats and protecting ego.

  1. They Know What They Don’t Know

In true Socratic fashion, successful business owners wisely know what they don’t know. They don’t need to be the smartest person in the room; in fact, they prefer not to be, because they’re open-minded and always searching for new knowledge.

  1. They Empower Instead of Intimidate

The late poet and activist Maya Angelou once said that “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Successful business owners take this sage wisdom to heart by empowering and encouraging others to be their best. Intimidating, humiliating, alienating, abusing and bullying aren’t part of their personality or toolkit.

  1. They Reward and Recognize Others

Successful business owners aren’t reluctant to celebrate and support others, whether it’s individuals or teams. And while they don’t suffer from false modesty, they neither seek out nor crave the spotlight. The mission and vision of the business, and the greater good of the team, is always more important than their personal mandate.

  1. They Blend Patience with Persistence

Successful business owners realize that certain changes or goals can’t be achieved overnight; or even within a year. They’re both patient and persistent, which gives everyone around them the confidence.

  1. They Learn from Failure

Despite their optimism and focus on solutions, successful business owners know that failure is part of life — and business. Rather than getting crushed by setbacks, they take a step back and learn from any and all mistakes; including those that were accidental or unavoidable at the time.

The Bottom Line

There are many pieces of the successful business puzzle. But the most important has, is, and always will be leadership. Great leaders can turn failures into successes, while poor leaders do the opposite. Keep the above in mind to calibrate your attitude on a day-to-day basis, and ask yourself “did I demonstrate all seven of these today?” If the answer is yes, then you’re on the path to greatness. If not, then you know what you need to correct tomorrow!


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