What qualities do all successful entrepreneurs have in common? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Eren Bali, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon Health, on Quora:

I've seen entrepreneurs with very different styles become wildly successful. But the three qualities that always seem to be present are self-confidence, bias towards optimism, and effectiveness.

Moving forward on an initiative with the assumption that you will be able to succeed with a fraction of the resources needed requires an enormous amount of self-confidence and optimism. In other words, these two qualities are prerequisites to getting started. Although these qualities sometimes approach levels of unhealthy delusion, all the successful entrepreneurs I have seen have been self-confident.

Effectiveness shows itself in different ways. Some people are very effective directly - They're good at things like building a brand, developing a product, acquiring customers, selling, optimizing operations, etc. They usually attract other individuals who are good at similar things. Other entrepreneurs are effective in a more indirect sense by influencing others to join them.

The best entrepreneurs are usually good at both direct and indirect means of effectiveness.

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Published on: Dec 3, 2019