The world is full of startups. What type of people are behind the most successful of these companies? At Fortis’ Enterprise, we have had the opportunity to work with high achievers. We have observed that these individuals have some common personality traits.

Not surprisingly, successful entrepreneurs are generalists, not specialists. They have a grasp on many aspects of business, so they understand the importance of hiring experts to attend to specialized tasks. These people are great networkers, so they know where to find the right people who will help them achieve their goals.

As we all know, starting a business is a risky venture. The type of person who is willing to make this leap is someone who has a high degree of self-confidence. Entrepreneurs are optimists who know they can achieve anything they set out to do.

With excessive optimism comes a degree of disagreeability. Entrepreneurs don’t worry about what others think of them. These individuals are driven to get things done, sometimes without worrying about the consequences. For instance, if altering a third-party agreement makes sense for the business, it’s a no-brainer, despite the fallout.

Even though entrepreneurs are focused, the most successful ones are conscientious. They know the value of proper planning, organization, and delivery. Having a vision is critical, but getting an idea from concept to market is a complicated process. Great entrepreneurs understand that they must evolve from visionary to manager to bring their ideas to fruition.

Entrepreneurs are focused people who have dreams. To make their dreams a reality, they need to have positive attitudes, the willingness to take risks, and the ability to bring products to market. Do you have what it takes to succeed?