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I have been studying the lives of successful internet entrepreneurs and I have seen there are certain traits that are common to them all. People like Mark Zuckerber- CEO of Facebook, Zac Johnson and John Chow – top bloggers in the U.S, Harsh Aggrawal- top blogger of India, Jeff Walker – highly successful internet marketer. Right here in Kenya we have Samuel Majani of Ghafla.com. These are top internet entrepreneurs who are very successful now and making huge amounts of money as well as deriving lots of satisfaction from being their own bosses.
Top on the list of traits is…
How many times have I had to fight the temptation to just sit back, relax and watch a good movie instead of sending out those proposals and working hard at my blog. Many times. But being disciplined is an element that all successful internet entrepreneurs possess. Distractions of Facebook, Twitter, checking emails, watching YouTube video’s, and other distractions of today are common. One must therefore be disciplined for success.
Successful internet entrepreneurs work hard. I have personally set it upon myself to work really, really hard (and smart). I find it incredibly rewarding when I have those weeks that are very busy, client after client sending me audios and videos to transcribe. When I get that feedback that I added value to the client (and later the email that confirms payment has been sent) it is all worthwhile (even if I’ve had to sleep a couple of hours only that week). In addition to diligence is passion. Passion is critical because if you’re going to work very hard, you need that passion to keep you motivated. Here is a quote from Harsh Aggrawal, the Indian blogger from India I mentioned earlier.
“One of the major requisites in becoming a successful blogger is passion”
Successful internet entrepreneurs will work 7 days a week,12 hours a day even, to meet their goals.
I have read many stories of affiliates and internet entrepreneurs who worked hard on their blogs and websites only for them to lose half their traffic (which translates to losing most of your income). Those who persevered through hardship and even failed several times are now enjoying the fruits of their labour. Instead of allowing failure to discourage them, they used it as a learning experience. Thank God for that because it is that same knowledge that inspires some of us to keep working hard at our internet businesses. Here is a quote from Arianna Huffington of Huffingtonpost.com, one of the top earning women bloggers.
“My mother taught me that failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a stepping stone to success.”
4. Positive Attitude
A can- do attitude, a never give up attitude, is a trait that most successful internet entrepreneurs have. They will stop at nothing to achieve success in their online businesses. They treat their websites and blogs like a business and not as a hobby. They know that they are not dealing with a get rick quick scheme and therefore are patient to watch their business grow. Linda Ikeji, a Nigerian top blogger says in her interview with techtalkafrica.com
“be patient because for you to succeed in life, you need patience which a lot of people do not have … lasting success does take time”
Successful internet entrepreneurs have the mindset of “I know I can do this,its just a matter of when”
I leave you with my favorite Mack Zuckerberg quote.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
If you have any more traits that you think I should have added, feel free to contribute in the comments section below!