7 Qualities every woman entrepreneur needs

Women entrepreneurs are changing the paradigms of business and will have a huge impact on future possibilities for the world. Today's women have chosen to create a life that is profoundly different from previous generations. The shifting roles of women in business and at home have dramatically changed society around the world. Yet what seems to be occurring is that while women have established and developed their roles as entrepreneurs, when it comes to navigating the business arena, they are still using old blueprints (business-as-usual) that don't get them to the place they really desire to create and generate.

Maintaining business-as-usual obligates us to stay within our comfort zone and prevents us from going beyond the bounds of what is deemed normal and customary by the standards of this reality. We have no choice but to yield to the level of average, unremarkable, mediocre, and run-of-the-mill.

Remarkable outcomes and outstanding success can be generated only from adopting a no-more-business-as-usual mindset and actions. A good place to start is to cultivate and expand the 7 qualities below:

1. Insatiably curious approach to life – curiosity is the greatness of life on planet earth, it is what makes life fun.  You are in a state of curiosity when you are living as the question. Living as the question is more than just putting a question mark at the end of your sentence.  It’s a way of being in which you are the question.

2. Follow your knowing - Knowing is awareness of what is possible without having any judgment about it. When you follow your knowing, you are aware whether your choice will be expansive and create more possibilities or contractive and create limitation for you and everyone else. Functioning from knowing is not done through force and exertion. It occurs by following the energy, which is about asking questions so that the universe and your inner knowing have an avenue for responding.

3. Expanded zone of awareness - An expanded zone of awareness allows you to see different possibilities, to recognise different courses of action and to invest possible futures. With an expanded zone of awareness you have power to move beyond logic and analysis and tap into your awareness to make decisions that are conscious, insightful and innovative. 

4. Pragmatic and Strategic - It is essential to function not only as a strategist, but also be pragmatic and become a master at getting others excited about helping grow the business. We must be present with what is and be aware of what is truly possible to create and generate. It means, develop capacity to take calculated risks and to make the most of every opportunity to generate new and different possibilities.

5. Flexible and Adaptable - Let go of fixed points of view. If you have a fixed point of view about anything, you automatically deny the possibilities that there are better and more expansive things available. Great opportunities always come from occurrences and events that are happening now. If you are blinded by your fixed points of view, you won’t see the opportunities until it’s too late.

6. Future orientation - cultivate an ability to be aware of future trends and how these trends may affect your business. The future is the source for the creation of your business and your life. The future arises from a constant stream of actions, choices, decisions, and strategies that have to be made in the present with as much conscious awareness, foresight, skill, astuteness, and wisdom possible. 

7. Be a visionary and have a strong penchant for innovation - develop an ability to envision different possibilities and inspire people to perceive and receive your vision. You must have a clear perspective about where the external landscape might be going and be willing to act on the fringe, take a risk, and never try to put yourself in context with everything else.

It is important to recognise that these qualities are not exclusive to women entrepreneurs, or unattainable to those on other career paths. These qualities are natural and inherent in all of us but we must choose to develop them. Developing these 7 qualities is one of the best self-growth initiatives we can undertake. Who we are, what we think, our points of view and beliefs absolutely determine the results we get. We must challenge ourselves to overcome and change what's not working, or we become irrelevant.

3 Key elements that are critical to success for entrepreneurs

For many years, I have been in conversation with amazing entrepreneurial women across the globe. Throughout, I’ve heard many interesting perspectives about success, and I'm convinced that what actually separates successful entrepreneurs from mediocre entrepreneurs is their big bold vision (a vision that is about more than just making money), and the willingness to take big risks. Do you see how crucial it is to have both elements? It’s one thing to have a grand vision. But without taking risks it will remain only a dream.

Below are the three key elements at work behind all the super successful entrepreneurs we know:

1. Inspiring bold vision - To be successful you must have an inspiring vision of what you would like to create. It is crucial to develop an ability to dream bigger, to have a grander priority and vision. The challenge is to put your energy on your vision, to match it with your actions, words, attitude, behaviour and action.  Whatever is occurring in your life is coming from your vision and image you hold about yourself. Begin by believing in your bold vision. Great successes all begin with an inspiring vision.

Once you have an inspiring bold vision you must also be 'DRIVEN' to make your vision come true - It is not enough to just have a bold vision. You can have the most amazing and inspiring bold vision in the world, but if you are not driven to actualise it, your vision doesn't matter.  A person who is not driven and committed to actualise their vision will do nothing with their bold vision other than fantasise, and perhaps talk big. It is essential to be driven to make the impossible possible. You may not know how to achieve your grand vision, or what it would take for that to come to fruition, but you must trust that you will be able to figure it out. You must trust yourself and your vision, no matter what anyone else thinks. 

 2. Take a big risk - You will never actualise your grand vision or create a life that is more than what you currently have if you are not willing to take a big risk. Often people have a grand vision of what they want to achieve, but they still don’t do it. This is because they are risk averse and afraid of failing. They won’t let themselves gain because they might lose. Instead of going, “No matter what it takes, I am going to risk everything to actually bring my vision into reality,” most people are unwilling to risk, because they don’t want to lose what they already have. By avoiding any kind of risk, you systematically shut down your awareness,  and make your world smaller.

3. Only do what you love and truly love what you do -  This is the fuel that drives your vision and keeps you going when there is no outside acknowledgment for your vision. The only way you can persist with your creation and to do great work is to truly love what you do. If you don't love what you do, you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.

Better Than You Believe

Your ability to create your business and your life is so much better than you believe. You deserve more credit than you sometimes give yourself. Once you fully appreciate this and hold it as your outlook, you will recognize that your future depends on this outlook. The simple fact is that nothing more directly affects your future than your points of view and your outlook. You are better than you believe.

Successful entrepreneurs have gratitude for their ability to trust in themselves!

The biggest difference I’ve noticed between the successful entrepreneur and unsuccessful people isn’t intelligence or opportunity or resources. It’s the belief that they can successfully create their life and business with ease. They trust in their ability to create. This confidence has made them different. Just a simple trust in themselves. 

When they see an opportunity that sounds awesome but that they're not qualified for, they trust that they’ll figure it out and go for it anyway. They have the ability to deal with uncertainty and failure. They trust that if they move forward anyway, then they will figure it out. 

Golda Meir: Image Credit -  www.biography.com

Golda Meir: Image Credit - www.biography.com

Israel’s own imperious ‘iron lady’  and first woman prime minister, Golda Meir, once said: "Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." 

One of my favorite quotes from her is “I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.” That underlies how much she trusted herself in all that she did and the gratitude she had for her ability to trust in herself. 

 

Do you have gratitude for yourself and a trust in your ability? 

Do you believe that it is truly possible for you to create a remarkable business? Do you believe that it is possible to raise the bar in your own life even if the world around you accepts average? Do you trust that you can make a difference in the world and that you can make those things happen with ease?

If you don’t believe that it’s possible to make new things work, then it’s hard to make any progress. I don’t care how good the ideas are, nothing will work for you if you don’t believe in them. And more importantly, nothing will work if you don’t believe in yourself.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
—John F. Kennedy