Jan 22, 2021
Submitted by Zach Payne, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing, Heartland Payment Systems
Zach is a three-time entrepreneurial success. He’s now the Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at Heartland, managing a $1.6 billion portfolio.
When we're teenagers imagining our future selves there's often a desire to break free from the norm.
We want to be bold and adventurous. imagining careers far more exciting than the options readily available to us.
It usually takes a few years of maturing to realize that for many Americans, growing up means working at a job they dislike. A Gallop pool conducted from July-September 2020 showed 51% of U.S. workers were psychologically unattached to their work and company.
In many ways, entrepreneurship is the final frontier. You spend months or even years scanning the market waiting for which way it will break, looking for what's broken or missing, to find the one opportunity that others have glanced over or haven't yet discovered.
I've had the opportunity to lead three companies from seed-stage to exit, in various industries from semiconductors to consumer electronics to fintech, and each one has taught me something new.
There are no guarantees, though. In fact, 90% of startups will fail. How do yo know if you're up for the challenge? Let's talk about five of the key qualities successful entrepreneurs share.
If these are traits you already possess or are interested in actively pursuing, congratulations! You have the foundation of a future entrepreneur. Consider reading John C. Maxwell's "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" as a next step. It's proven a valuable resource for me.
I wish you well on your journey. Maybe one day I'll have the pleasure of reading an article written about you.
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