More than likely, you’ve flipped on the television a time or two to watch some crazy reality show featuring a “rags-to-riches” success story. Normally, said show features a random, ingenious business idea that brought its creator an insane amount of wealth and overall prosperity.

Pretty crazy stuff, right?

Shockingly, believe it or not, such an entrepreneurial happening is hardly normal. The truth of the matter? Luck isn’t all that common—heck, even a great name doesn’t necessarily guarantee financial abundance.

In fact, more often than not, while outlying situations do admittedly exist, an individual’s characteristics play a large role in predicting a future of widespread fame, fortune and business savvy or one of crippling poverty.

Thankfully, most people are found somewhere in the middle. That said, what exactly are the most favorable of money-making traits? Read on to not only find out what they are, but to see if you fit the basic mold.

1) Confidence

Honestly, it’s better to be borderline arrogant than an entrepreneur who’s a bit of a pushover. Strong language, but seriously, there’s a reason why those who appear most confident in the workplace are often rewarded with promotions when an opening pops up—it’s assumed that, due to their confident nature, they’ll be able to work at a high level under the most stressful of conditions.

This might not always be the case, but openly confident people—with the results to back it up, mind you—usually believe enough in their own ability to tackle the risks that are needed to take a business venture from mediocrity to booming affluence. This is imperative.

2) Determination

Speaking of entry-level entrepreneurship, Richard Branson of Virgin Group was once famously quoted as saying, “Few first ventures work out. It is how a beginning entrepreneur deals with failure that sets that person apart. In fact, failure is one of the secrets to success, since some of the best ideas arise from the ashes of a shuttered business.”

Simply put, failure is part of business. Determination is the “secret sauce” that keeps the most talented of entrepreneurs from wallowing in a sea of self-pity and gets them back in the game with another great idea.

If you’re not a self-starter with a genuine belief in a successful outcome right from the get-go, when trouble arises—and it undoubtedly will—it will be substantially harder to muster up the determination to keep going.

3) Passion

To become an incredible entrepreneur, the fuel by which you tackle everyday tasks can’t be the muffin and orange juice you ate earlier in the morning; moreover, it needs to be something that actually distances you from the rest of your competitors—a legitimate passion for making money in your industry of choice.

At the end of the day, normality has a way of falling into a routine—get up, go to work, work, go home, sleep and repeat. Entrepreneurial greatness doesn’t subscribe to any sort of nine-to-five mentality. Think about it—it was Albert Einstein who said, “The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over, and then expecting different results.”

Few people are truly passionate about their profession. Because of this, they do what everyone else is doing—remember that routine of which was previously made mention? Consequently, they see the same results. On the flip side of things, great entrepreneurs use their passion for business as a catalyst for creative ingenuity, boundless influence and lastly—cash accumulation.

4) Adaptability

If starting a business were predictable, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Unfortunately, it’s not, and those who are in favor of certain success go to college, perform well, become accountants and work with spreadsheets all day.

Pretty sweet gig, huh?

Of course it is, but great entrepreneurs are always looking for more—even if they have backgrounds in accounting. Yes, taking risks is required of any entrepreneur to become a well-known, industry-specific icon, but risk can be minimized through adaptability.

Armed with the ability to adapt in any situation, you’re able to bypass the most common pitfalls of business ownership, instead turning them into positives for education, growth and profitability.

Listen, not everyone is born with the raw ability to bring in ridiculous amounts of capital as unbelievable business men and women, and that’s okay. What everyone is fully capable of, however, is taking real steps towards becoming more confident, determined, passionate and adaptable. Find your niche, control what you can and success will most assuredly come.

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