So you think you’re pretty smart? Well, if you’re running your own business, then that’s already a pretty good sign that you’re working on a higher level than most. Be that as it may, there are business owners, and then there are really smart business owners. Here are 5 traits that are typically found in the latter.
1. You’re open to all ideas.
People who are good listeners are generally more intelligent than your average talker, anyway, and business owners who not only actively listen, but also openly consider all suggestions and ideas, understand something that their peers may not:
Good ideas can come from anywhere. The master-of-the-universe syndrome in business leaders is non-productive, as opposed to their counterparts who know that they won’t always have the best solution.
The more evolved leader carefully heeds good advice because that advice could make, or save them a lot of money, or save them from a potentially destructive decision.
2. Your desk is cluttered.
If you can barely see the surface of your desk because it’s covered in stacks of books, notes to self, and plans for taking over the world, then you’re probably doing something right.
That’s not to say that you are a completely disorganized person—you just have your fingers in many pies, so to speak. Being a little more creative than most, you spend more time fleshing out ideas than you do putting everything in order.
3. You always have a project in the works.
Smart entrepreneurs are never satisfied, always reaching for their next scheme, pushing to improve their business with more productive strategies.
Lesser mortals put all their energies into the current project, but you are mentally diversified, focused on the task at hand while planning your next move at the same time.
4. You’re prepared for anything.
There are a million things that can go wrong every day, which is why anyone in business has to be ready for anything. There must be a multitude of entrepreneurs whose business failed as a result of something that they could have avoided with good planning.
The smartest entrepreneurs make sure there are contingencies in place for unexpected difficulties; in fact, they do their best to think of everything before they even start a new venture.
5. Your team looks to you for guidance.
Unintelligent people are usually wildly confident and very vocal about their ideas, offering their great wisdom to everyone around them. Intelligent leaders, on the other hand, do not have to go out of their way to offer their ideas because their team comes to them for help and direction.
That doesn’t even mean that you’ve instructed your team to come to you when they need help; they just do it naturally because you’ve proven to them that you can be trusted for advice.
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