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Have a Vision, Make Quick Decisions and Be Passionate


What do you think are the three most important traits that successful entrepreneurs have?

By Joanne Chang

First, the ability to wildly inspire those around you with your vision. Unless you are a one-person operation, the success of what you are doing will rest in the hands of people other than you. If they are not fully committed to your missions you will not succeed.

Second, you have to have the ability to make decisions. Don’t act rashly, but especially in this day when information is flying around and people are moving faster than bullets, if you don’t make changes and act quickly you’ll be left behind.

Finally you have to have an “if I don’t do this I will die” passion for what you do. When things get rough, what will keep you going is the feeling that you can’t imagine doing anything else. Then you’ll keep going and survive and then come out the other end stronger. It’s those who choose not to continue and do something else that end up not being successful in their endeavor. Successful entrepreneurs are simply those who stay with their vision and make it grow and grow and grow regardless of speed bumps and obstacles along the way.

Joanne Chang is the owner of and chef at Flour Bakery + Café and Myers + Chang in Boston.