She also developed and maintained a group ofpeople who continued to believe in her when she forgot to believein herself. This is crucial.Risk taking - The tolerance and ability to take risks isparamount for any entrepreneur. We don't get guarantees inadvance, as much as we'd like them. Sometimes not taking a riskis the biggest risk of all.Openness to change - Many people resist change. As entrepreneurs,we must embrace it. By putting a vision, idea or innovation outinto the world, we expand what's possible, and in doing so,change the status quo.
Recognition of self-sabotage - We all do it. At some point intime, we've all sabotaged ourselves out of fear. The key todealing with self-sabotage is to recognize it. Signals torecognizing self-sabotage: You notice yourself comparing yourselfto others, you judge yourself as not being good enough, or youhear your "inner critic" saying things like "soon everyone willrealize what a fraud you are."Head and Heart - To make sound decisions, you need both. When weonly listen to one, we list to the side and veer off course, theway a car does when it's out of alignment and you let go of thesteering wheel. Often there's a misconception that heart, oremotion, doesn't belong in business. It very much does. Yourability to be aware of and use your emotions effectively will aidin your success.Honoring your gifts - I'm convinced that fully acknowledging yourgifts - to yourself, first and foremost - will catapult yourbusiness and your life into bold new arenas. Here's why: When youdon't acknowledge your gift of, for example, building businessesor innovating new technologies, you hold back from full selfexpression.
When you don't acknowledge your gifts, you can'tcapitalize on your innate human resources. YOU are your business'most valuable resource. Honor what you don't do well - In fact,know it well and compensate for it. Too often, I hear people beatthemselves over the head with statements like, 'Well, I should domy own bookkeeping" when the last time they balanced theircheckbook was 1978. Know your weaknesses. Compensate for them byhiring or Handheld toolbox bartering or getting someone to do the task for you. Each one of us carries these tools around with us at all times.The question is whether we tap into them or not.Entrepreneurship is a process of self-discovery. At the sametime that you introduce a new product or process into the world,you uncover new awareness about yourself. Use these tools to notonly grow your business, but yourself.