Must-Have Entrepreneur Skills: Courage

It’s time for another post in the Entrepreneur Skills Series. This one focuses yet another must-have skill…

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According to Dictionary.com, the definition of courage is:

the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

So why do Entrepreneurs need courage? Well, for starters, you can’t start your own business if you are afraid! Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is! Fear is a deal-killer in business. Successful business owners require a level of leadership and character far above an everyday employee. It takes courage to assign tasks to staff. It takes courage to launch a new product. It takes courage to walk into a bank and ask for the business loan. It takes courage to be a leader!
Earlier this year, Forbes came out with a great post: 10 Traits of Courageous Leaders. My favorite one is #8: Make decisions and move forward. This one hits home for me because so often I talk with clients and colleagues about their seeming inability to get things accomplished. We discuss Time Management as well as Communication Skills. But the lack of productivity too often comes from FEAR. They are afraid or have hesitations about doing something. They put off certain items on their to-do list because it is perhaps, a bit uncomfortable.
Does this sound like you? If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments. Please share with me how you overcome fear!

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9 thoughts on “Must-Have Entrepreneur Skills: Courage”

  1. That has to be one of the biggest things that I see from business owners too is the inability to just get stuff done. Everyone gets so involved in doing so many little things at once and then NONE of them ever gets finished so you are in a perpetual state of busy. Thank you for such a great and inspiring post!

  2. That is good one Holly! There are lots of great ideas out there. The ones that take off are the ones that people are courageous enough to act on. Great post and a great reminder to not just think but also DO!

  3. I need some more courage to try to sell my memoir about my daughter’s micro preemie birth. It is a difficult subject to bring up and everyone wants me to sell my books and donate all of the proceeds to preemie foundations. I donate a lot but need to make back to money I put out plus some extra since I have been out of work since her birth. Any suggestions?

    1. Jennifer, first of all, writing a memoir such as yours takes an amazing amount of courage! Selling it to the public gives you an opportunity to spread your story nationally. I would suggest structuring the sales on a percentage split, 50/50 or 60/40 or whatever works for you really. I think readers will understand you need to make a living!

  4. Great thoughts. It also takes courage to put yourself out there by stating your opinions and expertise in writing, by doing webinars, videos or speaking in public.

    Courage is HUGE for entrepreneurs.

  5. Love this post Holly! Courage is so important in business. There are tough decisions to be made but the ones who do it and move on, are the ones that grow and prosper. Really enjoyed this one and super reminder to act not just think 😉

  6. courage- so important. I think sometimes we need courage to step up our game and sometimes we need courage to step back and put family ahead of career at times depending on what’s best for our life. ALL entrepreneurs are courageous, yes!

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