There are  A TON of skills that help entrepreneurs achieve. Here are the top 5 skills every entrepreneur must have to succeed.

#1: Creative Thinking 

The ability to think creatively is a hallmark of every great business leader because innovative ideas are the core of your business.

As an entrepreneur, your creative thinking paves the path of new solutions to help others make life easier, better and more enjoyable. These solutions to life become your products and services that are out of the ordinary. This requires tapping into your imagination and pushing past any pre-conceived limits of how things work… and it isn’t easy! Being an entrepreneur means that you’re constantly pushing yourself further to find new solutions and ideas. 

#2: Passion

It may sound trite, but passion truly is the driving force behind success.

This is in part because passion fuels persistence, and in part because passion gives you an almost superhuman ability to get more done

Most entrepreneurs have more ideas and projects on-the-go than can possibly be done. When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you find ways to get more done, connect with the right people, accomplish tasks and none of it even feels like work. 

It’s important to know WHY you’re working so hard so you can focus completely on getting it done.

#3: Awareness 

What kind of awareness…

Self-awareness, awareness of others, market awareness – you need to be perceptive with a strong sense of awareness in order to be a successful entrepreneur.

Think about it. 

These questions comes up on any given day for entrepreneurs:

Why does this service/product matter?

How do I get that person on my team to perform better?

What is the best way to organize my day to be as efficient as possible?

There are dozens of techniques and tools you can use to answer any of these questions, but more often than not, the best solutions for success principles are those tailored for YOU.  

This is a praxis that takes time to develop, but it becomes second-nature as you start to consciously develop awareness. Start by identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, and the strengths and weakness of those around you. As you identify your own weaknesses, look to develop a team of people who are strong where you are weak so you can achieve.

Another important aspect of awareness is the ability to reflect instead of reacting. Take the time to soak in information without reacting to it, so you can harness your acute sense of awareness as a guide for your creative thinking to develop business ideas that truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. 

#4: Focus

There are a multitude of distractions that threaten to challenge your focus. Email, telephone calls, text messages, problems, paperwork, and traffic to name a few. The ability to maintain your focus on the big picture and the smaller details at the same time is the difference between success and failure. 

Being an entrepreneur in today’s hectic business world takes tremendous effort and energy.

It is highly competitive and stressful. The only way to bring your creative ideas to life is to put in focused time to get it done.

#5: Persuasion

No doubt about it, persuasion is by far and away the single most important skill you can possess as an entrepreneur – or to achieve any goal you have for that matter!

Napoleon Hill spent over 20 years studying success and do you know what he identified as ‘the magic ingredient to success’?


The fact of the matter is, no one achieve’s ANYTHING without the help of at least one other person along the way. Persuasion skills give you the ability to connect with others, frame your ideas in a way that shows someone else why it matters and why you are doing it, and inspires action. Persuasion is the driving force behind all creative works, business, marketing – heck it’s even how relationships get started!

Persuasion isn’t an innate talent either, like most skills, persuasion is a learnt skill. And, even though you may have spent years and years in a formal education system learning how to read, write, add, subtract and more… you’ll never learn a thing about how to apply principles of success in your life in any school. 

If you want to find out more about how you can develop persuasion skills to achieve, get on the early bird list for the upcoming Master PROsuasion™ 12-week training program here.

Bottom line? 

Being an entrepreneur takes guts because you can’t just ‘mail it in’. At the end of the day, it’s riding on you to make it happen. That doesn’t mean you’re alone though! As an entrepreneur, make the most of resources, delve into learning, connect with like-minded people and take it one day at a time. The journey of entrepreneurship may seem overwhelming, but once you jump in, you’ll love it.

Steve Martel

Steve Martel is a serial 8-figures/yr business magnet, real estate mogul, millionaire philanthropist, author, educator, public figure & happily married father of 4 little munchkins under 10. His teachings and concepts have revolutionized the lives of over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world and he has consulted 428 clients who’ve collectively created businesses worth over $560 million in the last 5 years alone.