I have yet to meet a successful entrepreneur that does not have some strong degree of stubbornness. The problem, however, is that we must recognize when we are being stubbornly good, and when we are being stubbornly bad.
New York,NY (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
MJ Gottlieb from N2ITIV Solutions, a blog for entrepreneurs and start-ups, has just posted a new article on what he believes to be one of the most important traits entrepreneurs need to succeed. He also believes that, unfortunately, it happens to be the same trait that often leads to failure: STUBBORNNESS.
Gottlieb adds, “Entrepreneurs (myself included) are stubborn. We all seem to share in common one thing: We DO NOT like to be told what to do. We don’t listen. That is why we have forged our own paths in the first place.” Gottlieb believes that the biggest positive about being stubborn is that it allows the entrepreneur to be singular in focus and concentrate on the goal. It also allows the entrepreneur to remain focused while everyone is telling them all the reasons why he or she won’t succeed. In this respect, being stubborn is a great asset.
On the other side of the coin, Gottlieb believes it is those same blinders that entrepreneurs have that can hurt them from taking advantages of all of the resources that entrepreneurs are surrounded with on a daily basis. Gottlieb also offers a tip for entrepreneurs that now, in the digital age, it is easier than it has ever been to look and see what people are doing and who is succeeding and use that information as a template for success.
Entrepreneurs can see who is not doing things correctly and learn just as much or even more. Gottlieb devotes an entire section of his blog dedicated to the topic of learning from mistakes and what not to do in business. Gottlieb adds, “I have yet to meet a successful entrepreneur that does not have some strong degree of stubbornness. The problem, however, is that we must recognize when we are being stubbornly good, and when we are being stubbornly bad.”
So when is being stubborn good and when is it bad? Gottlieb admits that he does not have a direct answer to the question, however surrounding himself with a small group of people who he not only trusts but also who he feels are more stubbornly good than stubbornly bad helps him sleep better at night. Gottlieb adds, “I run everything past them, we talk about it and make sure we never make decisions too quickly or when emotions are involved. From there, we make our decision. Whatever the outcome I accept without regrets as we live and die as a team. I am cool with that.”
N2ITIV Solutions, founded by MJ Gottlieb and Gary O'Neil, is a strategic consulting firm specializing in the implementation of creative business strategies to help aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses increase their brand awareness and monetize their businesses. The N2ITIV website is an entrepreneur and startup blog offering advice learned through Gottlieb and O’Neil’s experience owning and operating five companies over the last 21 years.