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Five character traits that define an innovative business owner

By Chemeketa SBDC

We all have heard of wonderfully innovative business owners, and I’ve always been curious about what they seem to have that the average person doesn’t have. What do they know that the rest of us don’t know? How do they achieve a mindset that turns towards innovation?

People with an innovator’s mindset seem to have a string of successes to look back on. They have a belief in their own abilities to work through problems and come up with clever solutions. They manage to create luck by noticing opportunities, they expect good things to happen to them, and they resist negative thinking.

So how do they do it? Here are five characteristics of such people. The good news is that you too can develop this mindset, and your business will thank you!

• Innovators are curious. They focus on questions, and enjoy wandering through mazes of what-ifs. They challenge the “way we’ve always done it” at every turn because that’s a dead end (and they don’t like ends, they like beginnings). They are always using the words “what if”?

• Innovators are willing to take chances. They don’t mind being wrong (which they often are because they take risks). They are willing to dive in and get their hands dirty. They are willing to look foolish, to act without ego, to make mistakes. They know that trial and error is the ways things get done.

• Innovators are wide awake. They notice what’s around them, they observe changes and trends. They take note of how things interact. And then their brains go to work on all that information.

• Innovators take pleasure in trying new things. They enjoy playing, testing, learning, and seeing something new in ordinary things. They relish being surprised by discoveries.

• Innovators have the drive to face challenges. To solve puzzles and problems. They desire to change things, to create value by creating something new. They are driven to make a difference.