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5 Surprising Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

Anyone can come up with a great idea, but it takes a special skill set to be able to see that idea come to fruition and continue over time. Starting and running a new travel business comes with great challenges, but those challenges can easily be met with the right attitude, determination, and action. Great entrepreneurs are persistent, resilient leaders who love what they do and work hard to learn more every day. Read on to discover my top five surprising traits of a successful entrepreneur.

They’re passionate about their ideas

Great entrepreneurs love what they do and are invested in seeing their ideas through over time. They realize that leading a business does not often equate with short-term gratification but rather the prospect of launching a long-term passion project that will pay off both personally and professionally. If you don’t love what you do, then you may be less likely to stick with your business plan or give up before it has the chance to succeed.

They’re resilient in the face of failure

No business is perfect, and mistakes are a fact of life. However, the most successful entrepreneurs can stare down failure and overcome adversity by viewing challenges as vehicles for improvement. Great entrepreneurs know that perseverance is a key component to navigating the professional business world and that failures are a necessary evil that can actually lead to even greater ideas and prospects.

They love to learn

Without learning, there can be no growth, and without growth, your business will stagnate. Successful entrepreneurs face daily challenges and rise to the occasion by learning from past mistakes and seeking out better ideas that can help increase productivity and success. The best leaders know that they don’t have all of the answers and are ready to find new solutions whenever possible.

They’re bold enough to take calculated risks

Though you don’t necessarily want to be a risky business owner, savvy entrepreneurs are bold enough to take smart risks–those that have been carefully calculated and offer a robust reward that is worth the risk. You’re not afraid to get your hands dirty if it means your business will benefit in the long-run.

Their carry through game is strong

Everyone can dream up grand ideas, but the most successful entrepreneurs are those who know how to execute plans with efficiency and vigor. Seeing an idea through from beginning to end and ensuring the plan is carried through in a way that reflects your overall vision can set you apart as a leader who takes ownership of your brand and perseveres despite obstacles that may arise.

A little bit of passion, perseverance, and productivity can help pave the way to becoming an effective business leader. From taking smart risks to overcoming failures to learning something new every day, these five traits can help you take the plunge and prosper as a new entrepreneur in the travel industry.

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Sandra McLemore is a digital marketing & business growth expert who got her start in the travel business over 20 years ago as a retail travel agent for STA Travel in a busy campus store front. She then worked her way into VP level in marketing, media and PR roles for the world's biggest cruise lines and travel brands.


Sandra is now the owner of TRAVEL MARKETING & MEDIA (formerly Village Girl Marketing), a marketing agency for travel brands specializing in content creation, design and media.




Each service and program helps travel agents to get a consistent flow of new clients through smart marketing strategies.


Over 12,000 travel agents have taken Sandra's online training, and signed up for her digital marketing solutions.

Sandra lives in Los Angeles and hosts a number of travel programs on cruise line and airline TV and can be seen on network news programs as a leading travel industry expert.  Heading off to the best travel trade conferences? You'll most likely catch her on stage there too!

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