After helping organize two Startup Weekend early this year, I’ve come to notice one reoccurring characteristic that all of the successful teams seem to posses: persistence. Persistence is undoubtedly a fundamental characteristic that an entrepreneur needs to have to be successful. Persistence has the ability to make a business blossom because it means that you wont give up on your goals and dreams. When you’re heavily vested in the idea that your goals are going to be achieved, you find ways to gain traction and build better products.
When faced with a potential disastrous situation, a persistent entrepreneur remains hopeful and optimistic, but is willing to alter their course to drive an idea forward. A persistent entrepreneur needs to be more than just determined, but also mature, self-confident, and smart enough to know when something isn’t working and pivot. When a pivot occurs, the persistent entrepreneur steps back, figures out what went wrong, and then once again goes full speed ahead towards their ultimate goal.
Organizing Startup Weekend and watching other teams build businesses helped remind me the importance of not being discouraged when you’re turned down or things don’t go as planned. You simply need to work hard and persevere to achieve your goals.