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What It Takes To Be An Extraordinary Entrepreneur?

I’ll admit that, being an entrepreneur is hard work. Being a successful entrepreneur, even harder. Lots of “want-rapreuners” dream of running your own business and being your own boss.  If you think meeting a boss’s expectations or deadlines is tough, try meeting your own.  So What separates the “also rans”  from the extraordinary? Is there any formula the most successful entrepreneurs follow?

You’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again,”Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” –Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

Success actually has very little to do with good ideas or bad ideas. It has everything to do with your passion, you also need sufficient desire to get started (“I really want to start a pub, but I haven’t a clue if I will ever be able to open one.”)

Successful entrepreneurs know EXACTLY what they want and they are relentless about achieving their goals.

The great Albert Einstein notably stated; “Genius is the ability to focus on one particular thing for a long time without losing concentration.”

Such is not the case for the entrepreneur heading for doom. In fact, the exact opposite is the case; trying to do more than one thing at a time eventually not achieving excellence in any. As an entrepreneur your success or failure will be as a result of how well you maximize your strengths.

Most Powerful and Inspiring People Tweeting About Entrepreneurship

Most Powerful and Inspiring People Tweeting About Entrepreneurship.

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and browser inventor. You can find Marc Andreessen on Twitter: @pmarca.

Dave McClure, an entrepreneur and prominent angel investor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Dave McClure on Twitter: @davemcclure.

Aaron Winsor Levie,
Co-founder and CEO of the enterprise cloud company Box. You can find Aaron Levie on Twitter: @levie.

Om Malik, Founder of GigaOM. You can find Om Malik on Twitter: @om.

Benedict Evans, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. You can find Benedict Evans on Twitter: @BenedictEvans.

Brad Feld, an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. You can find Brad Feld on Twitter: @bfeld.

Paul Graham, an English programmer and venture capitalist. You can find Paul Graham on Twitter: @paulg.

Anita Campbell, the Founder of CEO of Small Business Trends LLC, and its CEO and Publisher, online communities and provide content reaching over 6,000,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs annually. You can find Anita Campbell on Twitter: @smallbiztrends.

Semil Shah, Product Marketing & Distribution at  focused on product marketing and distribution for mobile applications. You can find Semil Shah on Twitter: @semil.

Fred Wilson, a New York City-based venture capitalist and blogger. You can find Fred Wilson on Twitter: @bfeld.

Mark Suster, an American entrepreneur, angel investor and investment partner at Upfront Ventures. You can find Mark Suster on Twitter: @msuster.

Melinda Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, is branded as SmallBizLady, and is an expert on small business. She has advised companies such as Pitney Bowes, FedEx, Verizon, Xerox, Wal-Mart, Deluxe and Wells Fargo on how to construct media, social media and marketing strategies targeted to increase their share of the growing small business market. You can find her on Twitter: @SmallBizLady.

Elena Verlee, serial entrepreneur, she shares her in depth knowledge of how to use PR to catapult your business in a major success, a passionate communicator with two decades of brand building experience. You can find Elena Verlee on Twitter: @ElenaVerlee.

Chris Dixon, Cofounder of Hunch (acquired by eBay) investor in Buzzfeed, Makerbot, Betaworks, Uber, Venmo, Milo, Hotel Tonight, and others. You can find Chris Dixon on Twitter: @cdixon.

Natalie Sisson, best known as the Suitcase Entrepreneur, she shares her adventures as an entrepreneur and teaches others how to run their business from anywhere using online tools and social media. You can find Natalie Sisson on Twitter: @suitcasepreneur.

Martin Zwilling, Veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and Angel investor. Published on Forbes, Gust, HBR, Huffington Post, and others. You can find Martin Zwilling on Twitter: @StartupPro.

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CEOWORLD magazine - Latest - CEO Insider - What It Takes To Be An Extraordinary Entrepreneur?
Jessica Todd Swift
Jessica Todd Swift is the deputy managing editor of the CEOWORLD magazine. She is a veteran business and tech blogger, journalist, and analyst. Jessica is responsible for overseeing newsroom assignments and publishing and providing support to the editor in chief.