Have you ever wondered what separates successful entrepreneurs from the others? Or wondered why others break through and live their dreams while some struggle and give up? For me, I have. I did wonder and ask these questions a few years back and the answers I got changed my career greatly.
Today, I will share with you one of those things I learned and implemented after asking these questions. I learned about adaptability and persistence.
Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species (entrepreneurs) that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. Entrepreneurs are a rare breed, people who have dedicated their lives to disrupt, pay the price and bring change and it is impossible to accomplish this without developing the trait of adaptability and persistence.
Adaptability and persistence create amazing opportunities for entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, you will fail, lose money, lose friends, landlords will embarrass you, you will barely feed, and if you lack adaptability and persistence, you will give up and completely fail.
How to be adaptable and persistent
1. Be teachable
In business, a lot will change in the process and if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, be humble to learn from people who know better. It could be friends, mentors, or even your competitors.
2. Be a lifelong learner
Successful entrepreneurs know that the constant improvement of their skills is the ultimate ticket to success. Take the initiative to always learn new skills. The more you know, the more you will acquire skills to solve problems and stay persistent.
As an entrepreneur, this is one trait you must have. Foresight is the capacity to envisage the future marketplace or industry and plan accordingly.
4. Improve your coping mechanism
Find your best way to accommodate difficult moments and master it. The way you handle setbacks is critical for business success.
To adapt and stay persistent, you need to keep reinventing yourself. You must focus on improvement and not on blaming yourself or others.
As you climb your entrepreneurial ladder, be open-minded, ready to change, adapt, stay true to your dreams, and do not give up.