Answer by Brandon Lee, Entrepreneur | Investor | Connector | Dreamer | Optimist, on Quora,

As an entrepreneur, I:

  • Spend a lot of time thinking, planning, prioritizing and strategizing
  • Make sure I spend more time executing than talking about execution
  • Spend a significant amount of time, money, and energy investing in my personal development and expanding the depth and breadth of understanding across many subjects
  • Specifically study people who have the results that I want for myself
  • Intentionally develop my soft skills
  • Use the phone when I choose to, I don't feel pressured to pick up or answer texts/emails immediately
  • Don't have qualms about saying "no" to things that don't fit my focus
  • Severely limit my time and interaction with toxic people and parasitic relationships in my life and intentionally build my network with invigorating, synergistic, and like-minded people
  • Initiate 95% of the time in my relationships
  • Connect people in my network with each other
  • Actively seek for input, critique, and advice from those I respect and admire
  • Make it a point to always be invested in by someone (be mentored) and always be investing in someone as well (mentoring)
  • Never write people off in my initial interactions because I never know who I might be talking to, I'm always curious about peoples' stories and journeys

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Published on: Dec 15, 2014