The majority of educational systems are focused on developing workers, not entrepreneurs. The skills every entrepreneur should develop and master are not a normal focus in public education. Yes they may touch on them, but it is done so to create an idea of working for a company or corporation for years until you have saved enough to retire.
There is a different focus among entrepreneurs. The idea is to live that dream while you are young and can enjoy it. It is about achieving your dream and not working to achieve another person’s dream.
While that may sound self-centered, it isn’t. Because in working to achieve your dream, you do actually help other people achieve there dreams.
The fastest way to gain your dreams is to develop the skills you probably did not receive in school. You can do so by reading, attending conferences and seminars, taking courses, etc…
Let’s take a look at 6 skills every entrepreneur should develop and master.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #1: Managing Time
Jim Rohn once said that time is more important than money. You can always get more money but you cannot get more time.
It is important that you use your time wisely. You need it set in the most productive method. The best way to do this is to plan each day by prioritizing various business activities.
A great book to help you with time management is Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #2: Communication
Be it public speaking or just speaking to 1 or 2 people, you want to ensure that you are getting your message across clearly.
You want to use words and phrases the person or people can understand and you want to speak with a tone that is delightful.
The book that can help with this is The Seven Levels Of Communication by Michael Maher.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #3: Risk Assessment
Entrepreneurship and risk-taker are synonyms. But that does not mean an entrepreneur will “jump from a plane with no parachute.”
Successful entrepreneurs measure a risk before taking it. They assess the probabilities and odds beforehand.
This is one thing you probably will never learn in school.
Good reading for this is Confessions of an Entrepreneur: The Highs and Lows of Starting Up by Chris Robson.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #4: Sales
Sales skills are a must!
As an entrepreneur, you will find yourself in the position of selling a large percentage of the time. But there are right and wrong ways to sell.
In these times, selling by educating is the most preferred method.
I highly recommend Secrets Of Closing The Sale by Zig Ziglar.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #5: Money Management
If you cannot manage money properly, your business will suffer greatly.
There are many books and courses available to help you learn money management. I especially recommend Dave Ramsey.
To help you manage your financial structure, I developed The Expense Tracker. It is designed so that you can track every dollar coming in or going out. Plus, it will help you find every tax benefit you have coming.
Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop And Master #6: Leadership
Just because a person is a boss does not make them a leader. Leadership goes much deeper than just ordering people around. There are some key factors of great leaders:
- They lead from the front. This means they are willing and able to do anything they are asking another person to do.
- The leader understands each team member and what motivates them.
- They have an open door policy.
- The leader provides constructive feedback and is fair.
I would say that leadership is one of the most important skills entrepreneurs must develop.
One of the best books I have ever read on this subject is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell.
I challenge you to start building the skills I mentioned and your success will be within sight.
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