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Five Behaviors to Avoid as an Entrepreneur

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Mar 1, 2016

New MindsetEarning your CPA can open a lot of doors for your future career, and one of those options is to be your own boss by starting your own practice. Not all of doing so is passing the CPA exam; you’ll also need to brush up on your entrepreneurial skills, of which attitude and behavior are essential to success. Here are five behaviors to avoid from Entrepreneur to help you pave the way to your own successful practice:

Reacting in the heat of the moment. It’s both natural and expected to eventually be faced with a situation at work that gets your blood boiling, but it’s important to not react with emotion. Calm yourself before you respond, and do so based on facts, not emotions.

Never admitting fault. We’re all human, which means we all make mistakes. A good leader is someone who can admit when they’re wrong, learn from their error, and come back better for the lesson.

Ignoring advice. There is plenty of advice to be found for a budding entrepreneur, both good and bad. Don’t ignore advice (especially from a colleague who may have been in the same position years ago!) out of a sense of pride or an ideal that you have to “do it all.”

Getting sidetracked. It’s easy to get sidetracked by the success of others and let that negatively affect your own goals and focus. Avoid spending time considering how others got to where they were; you’ll need all your focus on your own business in order to be successful.

Discouraging yourself. Setbacks are bound to happen as you embark on this difficult enterprise, so it’s important you don’t allow them to discourage you in making your dream reality. Have a clear plan in mind before you start, and stick to it, no matter what.