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The Seven Hats Of Successful Entrepreneurs [LinkedIn]

It is a well-known fact that the successful entrepreneur has to wear many hats if they want to build a successful business from scratch – at any one time you’ll need to be your own finance director, HR consultant, product lead, marketing guru and office cleaner. I thought it might be helpful to think about some of the hats you’ll wear as you set out on your journey into the world: let’s call them the seven hats of entrepreneurial success!

  1. Let’s start with the mortar board, also known as the learner’s hat. Don’t ever lose this hat! Always be curious, never stop learning…

  2. Then we have the hard hat, the builder’s hat. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty as you build your business; work hard, sweat the details, and if you love what you do…

  3. Next we have the team hat, in this instance Liverpool Football Club, belonging to my 11-year-old son. As you grow your business, it’s important you build your team, support your team, thank your team, within and without the company.

  4. Next up we come to the Top Hat, also known as the “better” hat. Watch out for this one. As you walk along life’s journey you’ll come to realise that there will always be someone with a bigger hat, a better hat, a better job, a bigger business, in a better sector and with better connections….Appreciate the business you have and your entrepreneurial journey will be a happier one.

  5. Now, here’s a hat you may not have seen before…this is my hat, my very own hat…. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about your own hat as long as you wear it with pride and when you’re wearing your hat, you smile at yourself in the mirror 🙂

  6. As well as getting comfortable in your own hat, it’s just as important to try on other people’s hats, in this instance, my daughter’s ski hat. What do I mean by this? As an entrepreneur, you’ll need to develop the most important of all skills – empathy…

  7. I’m going to end this rummage through my hat box where we started, with the mortar board. Not only is this the learner’s hat, it’s the symbol of celebration. As an entrepreneur, it’s so important to celebrate the small wins, the big wins and the nearly-wins.

Curated from The Seven Hats Of Successful Entrepreneurs [LinkedIn]

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