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Do you like working with others?
As an entrepreneur, it’s important to be open to collaboration. Finding a group of like-minded people who share their ideas and challenge and inspire you can be vital to your success.
In fact, business leaders, academics, and researchers who study entrepreneurship recognize collaboration and information sharing as an important skill – ranking right up there with things like opportunity recognition and determination.
And while collaboration may seem like a skill that doesn’t come easily to most entrepreneurs, even the infamously independent Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak. Bill Gates had Paul Allen. And so on and so on.
Successful entrepreneurs aren’t loners toiling in their parents basements. They are leaders who thrive when sharing ideas. While it may be possible to unearth a brilliant idea by yourself, getting inspiration from others and working towards a common goal can only help, not hurt.
Of course, there will be some hesitation to working with others and sharing your ideas. But that’s the beauty of collaboration – you get to learn from other like-minded entrepreneurs all while growing your own business. That means closing more deals and making more money.
The benefits of collaboration far outweigh whatever risk may be involved. In fact, in today’s world of platforms and the sharing economy, more successful ventures are happening as a result of many collaborators.
Why do you think that most programs for entrepreneurship teach team-based work and place value on collaboration?
If you’re an entrepreneur – and especially if you’re just starting out down that path – collaboration isn’t just important, it is as important as your business itself. Making collaboration part of your business will only make you a better entrepreneur.