7 Must Have Character Traits for Entrepreneurs:

There has been a great deal written about this topic over the years and based upon my experience working with entrepreneurs for nearly a half-century, I thought I’d offer my observations. Two things of which I am certain are that “Your greatest strength is always your greatest weakness” and regardless of your degree or title, your approach to problem-solving is either as a technician [I’ll do it myself] or as a manager [I’ll get someone else to do it].  A third thing might be karma: what goes around, comes around!    In my humble opinion, here are 7 must have character traits for entrepreneurs.

1. Empathy and a genuine desire to help others
2. Personal accountability and discipline
3. Know thyself and trust your instincts
4. Curiosity and thirst for knowledge
5. Drive to succeed and persuasive ability
6. Belief in your product, service, or mission
7. Positive attitude, tenacity and integrity


The above aren’t hypothetical. I am working with numerous clients who I’ve been working for since 1977. That’s 40 plus years!

© 2019 Steven M. Stroum

Steve Stroum

Steve Stroum

Steven M. Stroum, founder and president of Venmark International is a seasoned product publicist, marketer, entrepreneur, and innovator who has been featured in articles that have appeared in INC Magazine, Sales and Marketing Management Magazine, Industrial Marketing, OMNI Magazine, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Middlesex News, and San Francisco Chronicle. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, addressed many Rotary Clubs and other business and civic groups, and been guest lecturer at Boston College, Babson College, MIT, and his alma mater Northeastern University.

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