Almost everyone today is coming up with these ‘genius’ ideas, identifying themselves as entrepreneurs and waiting for the ultimate success. Obviously not everyone makes it big.

The following key characteristics of entrepreneurship have been instrumental in the successes of people like Steve Liefschultz. With a lot of experience he has over the years seen people who only aspire to be the next big deal and others who struggle and overcome challenges to achieve it.

These are four of the most important things that set apart entrepreneurs from wantrepreneurs.

1/ Making excuses vs. making it happen

You can’t be a pessimistic or laid back person if you want to tread on this path and push ahead of your competition. An entrepreneur stands out from the crowd by their determination and their ability to treat even failure as a learning step in the continuous journey to success.

For most, it’s their respective passion for the idea that motivates them to pursue it further; people who have complied to some pressure and forced such interest upon themselves than believe in it truly are hardly able to sell successfully. You may start your business only to wonder how to go about it and what your ultimate goal was.

2/ Team work and work ethics

Have you done something to get the ball rolling or are you putting off doing what counts even as the presumed deadline you gave yourself came and went by?

You don’t suppose you can wait until the website is complete to start planning your marketing plan, for instance, do you? Waiting thus and waiting for a miracle to prepare you is not going to get you anywhere.

And what’s worse is to think you have to attempt to do everything by yourself when as a matter of fact, entrepreneurs know they can’t accomplish their goal on their own and set about developing strong, similar minded teams.

To begin with, this means people who are willing to work harder and smarter than everyone else is in the niche, willing to sacrifice now to live the life later; the best part is entrepreneurs believe in themselves and in their team to grow and succeed.

3/ Redefining learning on the go

Entrepreneurs aren’t the type of people who will sit behind and complain of what they have and what they haven’t got, obsessing over what other people think, obsessing about the profits or other people’s success. No, success for an entrepreneur means only one thing: to be the best at what they do; everything else just follows, including wealth.

“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson

That is why you will see them challenging themselves continuously, being open-minded and willing to learn something new every day, even if it’s not related directly to their business. They don’t want to stop at something, thinking it’s impossible. Find themselves in a different environment? See an ‘opportunity’?

They have to be ready to adapt, take risks, and even innovate if the perfect idea doesn’t seem to come along; learning enables all this and more.

Steve Liefschultz knows and understands that learning is one of the keys to a successful career. You can only improve and evolve if you take personal growth seriously; a claim stating otherwise means you are just another wantrepreneur.

4/ Wishing vs getting started!

You can only make progress if you actually start doing something. When it comes down to it, taking action is what really counts.  Real entrepreneurs take action and work on their dreams.

Start. Move, make, create, ship, do. Just start. That’s what entrepreneurs do. They start something. Sometimes it is something big. Sometimes it is a big failure. Either way, they got stuff done.

Real entrepreneurs do what they say they’re going to do; wantrepreneurs talk about it but never really get started.

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