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To drive the success of your team and your business, you need to be able to sort out the noise and focus on the things that will make a difference in your business. Success is built on merging your product and technology expertise, focusing on your business objectives, applying soft skills such as communication, leadership, and sales that you need to run your business effectively. 

The key to fostering entrepreneurial acumen is to gain insight into key stakeholders and help others with entrepreneurial skills, such as focusing on the things that matter most to your customers.    

Thirty-two successful entrepreneurs and business strategists were asked to share their start-up lessons and stories of struggle, learning and success. Successful entrepreneurs do not come with clever ideas, and running prosperous businesses takes a lot of time.   

Here are some of the most important business lessons you can learn from successful entrepreneurs to help you avoid several obstacles and setbacks. If you haven’t found your personal business guru yet, these tips for young and aspiring entrepreneurs will help you get started.

Whether you are a business veteran or a new entrepreneur on the scene, running a business is no easy task. Being a successful entrepreneur requires a lot of work, a lot of vision, and persistence.    

Almost half of all start-ups fail because the entrepreneur is unable to translate his passion into practical entrepreneurial skills. Every entrepreneur has different experiences, good business ideas and the possibility of failure. No one is successful in a business if they try to do it all independently and constantly lose a great team.   

Earn money to a large extent from your business success, but more important is the vision and passion you have for your business. Find a company that will not only be successful but that you are genuinely passionate about.  

While most executives understand that they must manage the current business and explore future opportunities, an entrepreneur CEO should spend a significant amount of time driving innovation (about one-third). If they are not 100% focused on innovation, much of their attention should be devoted to managing the core business. In situations where the company requires such attention that the CEO lacks the interest, skills and experience to drive innovation, the company should consider appointing a chief executive, a leader with the same power and rank as the CEO.  

Many young entrepreneurs worry about fancy offices and websites, the sexy start-up thing. Still, they need to generate revenue and build a bank account for the company to survive. An entrepreneur needs customers that can build on the planning of their idea, and he has to pay for the product of their start-up.    

If you are a c-suite professional in a large company with hundreds of employees or a start-up founder with a few employees, think like an entrepreneur. As Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp noted, entrepreneurs have a vision and a desire to create. In addition, the initiatives that entrepreneurs develop over time show that you are passionate about your product and determined to succeed, which is a quality that investors like to see.    

Ups and downs have punctuated the entrepreneurial journey, but solving problems can bring remarkable business success. Problem-solving skills need to evolve and improve over time through experience, and listening to the experiences of other entrepreneurs is crucial. Many prominent entrepreneurs are living proof that failure is not a bad thing and that one can learn from one’s mistakes.  

Business challenges, such as launching a new product or selling an online solution, can be complex because they require much more thought and critical evaluation than others. Short-lived ideas and gut instinct and a healthy business sense and technology tools, and a set of concrete skills to approach the business increase your chances of achieving your goals.    

A deep understanding of your company’s business model goes beyond a basic understanding of how the company makes money and delves into different aspects of the business, such as how its supply chain works and its business cycle. Customers don’t want to spend their money on something they don’t think can deliver a quality product or experience, so a solid track record is the best way to prove your fitness for the job. No amount of human resources or business acumen that you use will guarantee that the company’s team members have the skills that make them successful.  


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