5 Traits of Entrepreneurs

October 20, 2011

By Erin Rohr
A few weeks ago, I read the Forbes article, “Sean Parker: Agent Of Disruption” and was completely fascinated. Sean Parker, most famously known for his former presidential role at Facebook, is a man with a hand in almost every aspect of today's Internet business. Although Parker is remarkable, I was more interested in the journalist Steven Bertoni's role and ability to express the true grit required to become an entrepreneur.
Bertoni has the most amazing journalistic job to date. He covers billionaires, entrepreneurs and disruptors for Forbes. He believes money is power and chronicles the people who shape the world economy and the lives of billions – both for good and bad.
For this story, Bertoni experienced a day in the life of Sean Parker by shadowing Parker across the country on various engagements for an entire week. Yes, Bertoni got to fly all over the country, meet Internet billionaires and party with fabulous people, but he also discovered how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur.
Whether he meant to or not, Bertoni beautifully depicted the necessary must-haves for every wannabe entrepreneur. Listen up, folks. The following are requirements:

  • Passion -- To achieve your goal, you need something that will drive you forward every day.
  • Guts -- There isn't always time to conduct market research. As Steve Jobs said, “People couldn't know what they would like when they had never seen it before."
  • Less sleep -- As an entrepreneur, be prepared to handle anything, anytime, anywhere.
  • Connections -- In the world of start-ups and entrepreneurship, connections are everything. Keep all the doors open, no matter what.
  • Tenacity -- Most entrepreneurs fail multiple times before they become successful. Accepting failure is one of the smartest decisions you can make as an entrepreneur.

“For all that he has accomplished, Parker remains a hacker at heart, motivated less by money than the drive to disrupt,” said Bertoni. Parker, like many successful entrepreneurs is continuously motivated by passion and unexplainable dreams.

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