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5 Negative Qualities That Aren't So Negative When You're an Entrepreneur

By Amanda Sides on Jun 11, 2016

When we describe someone in loving terms, we usually use words like sweet, kind, funny, generous, and so on. If we're not as fond of someone, we might use words like stubborn, bossy, and aggressive. These words certainly can describe certain people in a negative way, but that's not you, and the people who are using them toward you clearly don't understand how you tick. Read on to see why these typically negative adjectives aren't so bad for the entrepreneur who knows the whole story.

Stubborn

You'd better believe it. Starting a business will push you back a step more times than you can count, and you've got to be stubborn enough to keep stepping forward. A well-meaning friend might call you stubborn as she encourages you to try something else, but...

...you know you're determined, tenacious, and persistent.

Aggressive

If you're going to get what you want, you have to know what that is and you have to go after it. It might mean refusing to take no for an answer. It might mean multiple persistent approaches before something turns out right. Some might grimace and call it aggressive, but...

...from where you stand, it's bold, driven, and resolute.

Overcritical

Your business is your baby, and while perfection is not always necessary (or easy to identify), it's understandable that you want operations to fall in line with your vision. They may call you overly critical, but...

...you're also analytical, discerning, and detail-oriented.

Obsessive

Even though we here at Growth Advance are passionate about living a life that is rich in all areas, we understand that sometimes a new business gets a little more of our attention for awhile as it gets off the ground. Putting so much focus on one thing might look obsessive to people on the outside, but...

...it's also passionate, excited, and focused.

Selfish

You know that to get what you want, you have to be at your best. You have to take care of yourself. That might mean insisting on time alone, time with your family, or time on your business at any given moment when someone else might be expecting something else of you. It means saying no to things you're not passionate about or don't have time to do well.

You're in charge of deciding what's a priority for you, and you balance your time appropriately. Someone might call you selfish as you go to the gym instead of running for president of the PTA, but...

...you're priority-minded, confident, and healthy.

 

Does anyone ever mistake your healthy, business-minded behavior with words like these?

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