10 ways to know if your personality is suited for business.
We are created differently, so we are not expected to behave the same way. Some abilities are innate but their expressions are sharpened by many things like the environment we grew up in and experiences we face through our journey in life.
Experts believe that personality is something that characterizes a person and influences his/her behaviour. In another word, it is the thing that defines how your disposition to daily life activities.
Admittedly, not all personality types are suited for business. Some individual would function better if they took a role in an organization than being the one heading it. This doesn’t make them inferior, they are not just cut out for it.
Of course, that does not say doing business is an elite club especially, reserved for a particular set of people. But you would be quick to admit that some people find it easier to do than others.
All skills can be learnt, those needed to succeed in business is not an exception. This article wasn’t written to say ‘you are not made for businesses’. Rather, it points to the traits you need to drop and those you would need to develop if you want to succeed in business.
Your personality is a blend of many things, your character, behaviour, passion and generally how you respond to certain things.
Wondering if you are suited for business or not? The points listed below would clear your doubts.
- The Goal Getter
How committed are you to achieving your dream? Being an entrepreneur is not a stroll in the pack. You need tenacity and mental toughness to overcome the challenges that you would face on the road to achieving your dreams.
Do you give up easily, are you one of those who back out when things don’t work out as planned? The idea doesn’t come out fully formed and usually don’t go as planned. You have to be ready to give it all it takes till they work out.
- Team Work
There is very little you can achieve on your own. In sport, we have individual sports like tennis and team sport like football. Business is like football, it is a team game. You are the captain of the team. If you don’t know how to coordinate a team and motivate people to get work done; you may need to consider doing other things apart from business.
- Problem Solving Skills.
You will face challenges. The road to success in business is paved with problems and uncertainties. Your ability to solve both determines if you succeed or fail.
Doing business successfully requires to have the ability to solves a seemingly hopeless situation in simple steps
Expect the unexpected. You need to be rugged and tough and be ready to handle any difficulty that comes your way. Solving problems has to be second nature, those that look like something you could do?
- Committed to Continuous learning.
Jim Rohn ‘work harder on yourself than you do on your job. Getting there is hard, staying there is harder. To stay relevant, you have to consistently invest in knowledge. Remember that computer operating system, GIGO: Garbage in and Garbage out. Your output can’t better than what you have invested in yourself. In business, you would have to take critical decisions, you wouldn’t want to do with obsolete or incomplete knowledge. How open are you to learning new things?
- Strategic Partnership
Are you open to working with people? We have gone past the age of competition, collaboration is the latest strategy for winning. Partner with the best to the work done. You can’t operate like a lone wolf and expect to succeed.
You need to learn how to partner or bring the best hands on the team by leveraging on funds on equity.
- Proactive/ Leadership skill
Entrepreneurs are proactive, they don’t wait for things to happen, and they make things it happens. Being in business means that you would create a balance between thinking and doing. Both are very important. You think, then you carry out your plans.
Leadership isn’t a position but a life. It means you are the one who would take the first step while following your decision. Anybody who wants to start a business must learn how to make decisions and manage the consequences of such decisions.
Are you ready to deny yourself of instant gratifications and sacrifice?
- Take Calculated Risks
Business-oriented individuals don’t see walls, they see goals. Entrepreneurs don’t believe in ‘impossible’. They ask for the price to pay to get the job done and they are ready to put in the numbers.
An aura of confidence hovers around them, they believe they will succeed and are ready to take calculated risks no matter the obstacles because they know the ultimately they will win.
How good are you at negotiating deals, or do you shy away from it because it can be boring at times? Do you have a nature suited for long hours of discussion until you work out a favourable agreement?
Negotiation is an essentials part of the business you can’t shy away from. Are you ready for that?
- Social Interactions
Business is about people, you would be selling to human beings, not aliens. Your ability to build a relationship with people is a critical factor in business success. How open are you to meeting new people?
Having social skill is a skill set that makes a business work, it is non-negotiable. People make the business work, interacting with people shouldn’t be a burden to you.
Beyond meeting new people, social interaction also relates to how you relate with your team members.
Are you empathetic? How interested are you in the well-being of others? Without empathy, you may never be able to motivate your workers to work well. Unhappy workers won’t give their best.
- Response to failure.
After long hours of planning and putting in the work, sometimes things don’t go as planned. It happens, how do you receive such situations?
When the unexpected happens, some people can decide to give up or take time off and come back stronger. The latter is better suited for business.
But if you are one of those who can rise up from the ashes of their failure and do on to do great things; then you are cut out for business.
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