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Based on your experience, what are the FOUR most important characteristics of an entrepreneur that you look for in terms of investment/ partnerships/ longevity etc?

Throughout my life I've always looked for substance. Substance meaning the fuel, passion, honesty, sincerity etc that molds and validates a person's word. When renting a tenant. You hear " I pay my rent on time. I'm also clean. " The reality of the situation is far from that. Doors broken..crayons on the wall..stains etc. You meet an employer. They give you this amazing resume. The resume shows lists of various types of skill sets and experience etc..yes that tells us where they have been..but not who they are. You grasp a sense of who they are by their energy. The resume could be gold..but the employee could be the LAZIEST person on the planet..insuboordinate..rude..etc. When your time, money, knowledge...etc this huge risk is on the table. What is it that truly makes you go for it? Is it their handshake? Eye contact? Their prompt responses, their overall business plan, what are the most important..crucial factors that determine whether you invest/ mentor or not? I know everyone has a different answer. I am just curious to hear some of yours!

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  1. Passion( this is the lifeline of your dream, ) 2.Discipline(Consistency, perseverance) 3.Faith ( when all seems to be failing faith keeps you going, when you doubt your passion and purpose, faith pulls you through)
  2. Prayer( being a Christian, Prayer is above all earthly things we can do for our businesses, through prayer you plug into your divine purpose! And you listen to God's voice that directs your moves to improve your business)

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Consistency. As an entrepreneur, businesses consistency couts out much, despite making profit or a loss, consistency makes the customers familiarize with your business/firm.

Optimism. As an entrepreneur, one should be optimistic and goal oriented on daily basis.

Opportunist. Looking for opportunities is the biggest deal, an opportunist will absolutely find several business gaps in the society.

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I look for characteristics in the entrepreneur to successfully evolve in the following areas:

PERSISTENCE AND FORESIGHT - Knowing where the market is headed and getting their first - then writing and speaking about success indirectly by helping others. Demonstrating humility and a satisfaction in helping others succeed. They will find ways to give credit. There are ways of tooting a horn without making peoples' lights go out.

HONESTY - A successful entrepreneur does not promise what he or she cannot deliver. They do not tell the customer what they want to hear. They tell them what they need to know and are respected for doing so.

SHARING - Providing information, samples and valuable service gratis as a marketing tool. Successful entrepreneurs then immediately engage the client with presentation tools available to bring their expertise to whatever topic the client is interested in, letting the client take them where they want to go with their concerns and their needs. They then apply their presentation tools and expertise dynamically on the fly in a sincere manner to those concerns and needs and become in demand for follow up business.

FLEXIBILITY - Ability to quote and bill what the client can afford and then grow with them (in content and resources).

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I think the following are essential qualities of a good entrepreneur :

Fire in the belly - How strong is your urge to pursue your mission and to what extent you are willing to go.

Adaptability - How much you are willing to let go your ego or any such quality that is coming in your way to success, how quick can you adapt to a changed environment or scenario.

Integrity - Level of your integrity in relations with customer, business partners & employees.

Grit - High level of perseverance and resilience you have in continuing your belief and your mission.

Infectious Optimism - Very high conviction on his/ her mission so as to influence others and enrolling in his belief and mission.

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Data: Excellent use of data is important because this shows the ability to project.

Optimism: Sometimes it can get tough the ability to stay positive and keep the energy high is important.

Integrity: This is non negotiable

Innovative: People who keep looking to add value and improve are important.

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