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Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Posted by Nela Canovic on 16 Jun 2014

Posted by Nela Canovic on 16 Jun 2014

Successful entrepreneurs are creative, bold, and have a vision for what they want to accomplish. They own the entire process of building a business and are dedicated to getting the job done. Learning what some of the core habits of key high-profile entrepreneurs are and then emulating the ones that resonate with you can help lead you towards success – and Evernote can help. Here’s how:

Create lists
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, believes in the discipline of list writing. Branson keeps four types of lists: ideas, things people say, people to call, and people who influence him. He never throws old lists away; rather, he references them periodically to review what he’s accomplished and to find a good idea he can revive for a current project. Create notes in Shared Business Notebooks to collect the lists that are important to you, then share them with your team. Add checkboxes next to the items you want to complete, and as you make progress check off the items you’ve accomplished.


Build your network
The famous Greek shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis, always carried a notebook and gave advice about building a successful network – when you meet someone new, write down everything you know about them. As an entrepreneur, chances are you spend a significant amount of time networking at business meetings, conferences, and important events in your industry. When you snap a photo of a contact’s business card in Evernote, you’ll automatically see all of their LinkedIn public profile, and you can add more notes about your conversations with them.

Write down your goals
Visualize success by noting specific goals you want to achieve during the process of developing a business idea. The simple act of writing down your goals will motivate you to take action, a key characteristic of entrepreneurs. In Evernote, create a note specifically for your business goals, then add relevant content like snapshots of your handwritten ideas on Post-it® Notes, whiteboard brainstorms, or simply type a list.

Creativity and vision may be defining characteristics of entrepreneurs. However, it’s what they accomplish on a daily basis that helps propel them forward to keep their dream alive. Staying on top of every little detail, whether it’s writing lists or goals or meeting new people, is all part of the lifelong pursuit of an entrepreneur. By providing you with one workspace to do all your work, Evernote Business empowers you to stay committed to being an entrepreneur not just today, but in the long run.


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  • Steven Chan

    Your advice doesn’t seem to work for Android users: LinkedIn integration & business card scanning do not function at all on Evernote for Android, even for premium users.

    • Taylor Pipes

      Currently, the LinkedIn business card scanning integration is available in Evernote for iOS and Android is currently in development.

  • SimonC

    Nice article, makes you wonder whether people are born entrepreneurs or whether it is a learned skill.