What 1 Quality Determines Your Small Business Success?

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I have been a small business owner for the past decade.

Being relatively experienced helped me find the one quality successful small business owners embody: being incredibly passionate about the venture.

Being incredibly passionate about your small business is different than being wild-eyed excited for a few weeks to work your business. New entrepreneurs usually mistake being excited for being passionate.

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Seasoned veterans know how passion drives entrepreneurs to build businesses for 1000’s of hours over years.

I am writing these words at 11:05 on a Friday night because I feel incredibly passionate about blogging. Who cares that I’ve been an entrepreneur for the past decade? And who cares that I’ve blogged for 15,000 hours? Who cares that I had a busy, tiring day today? I even exercised for 3 hours as I both hiked and ran steep mountains here in the Aidrondacks.

However, I write because I feel deeply passionate about both blogging and building a small business. I intend to share my passion, knowledge, and experience with you to help you create your own small business success.

Sprinter Versus Marathon Runner

Wildly excited small business owners sprint out of the gate. Perhaps their chaotic energy carries this crowd for a bit but the wild-eyed, frenzied, excited entrepreneurs flame out and quit quickly.

Deeply passionate small business owners pace themselves like marathon runners. Wise entrepreneurs understand doing simple things generously for 1000’s of hours over 5-10 years is the only way to build your venture effectively.

Passion makes the work the reward. Work needs to be the reward because money, business and accolades do not arrive for years. Being passionate energizes you for ups, downs, and everything in between during this fun, freeing and sometimes uncomfortable journey.

Generous Patience for Small Business Success

Passionate small business owners exhibit generous patience. Note how genuine pros help people for free for a sustained period of time before money rolls in.

Only people who deeply love their craft give their knowledge away for free. Entrepreneurs who lack passion generally want something in return for every time these individuals help people. This crowd vanishes into obscurity because their employee mindset precedes both their quitting and scrambling to find employment.

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Fall deeply in love with building your small business. Passion keeps you up late working for the fun of working. Passion nudges you out of bed early for the fun of working.

Successful small business owners need to work for years before gaining enough skills, exposure, and credibility to build a successful business. A genuine, stable, energized passion for growing ventures is the one quality that fuels entrepreneurs for the 1000’s of work hours necessary to become a credible, skilled business owner with massive exposure. That’s what

Love it or Leave It

Love your small business or simply leave it behind. Move into a different field. Or find a small business you feel passionate about.

Remember; assess passion as an authentic love and enjoyment of building your small business venture from the ground up. Passion is love, happiness, joy, patience, persistence and generosity in all you do business-wise. Passion is not fear, straining and striving, chaotic, wild-eyed excitement and a heavy outcomes-based approach to building your venture.

Most small business owners mistake their fear-based, wild excitement for passion when desperation and/or greed drive these individuals to build their venture the wrong way.

No matter what you think right now you will be working your small business for years before becoming highly successful. Short cuts do not exist. Overnight success is a fallacy. Trying to rush or force the process is lunacy.

You better love building your small business because passion pulls you through the highs and lows on this business-building journey before success finds you and everything levels out.

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