A. First and foremost, an entrepreneur must have a clear vision of what she is trying to achieve. Vision is about setting direction and dreaming in color vs. black and white. Document and communicate the Vision throughout the company to ensure alignment and focus.
Second, an entrepreneur must clearly understand her own strengths and weaknesses. She should build upon her strengths and leverage other professionals (e.g. accountants, patent attorneys, ad agencies, bankers) to offset her weaknesses. Successful entrepreneurs know when and who to ask for help.
Third, most successful entrepreneurs are continuous learners. They continually develop increased depth and breadth of knowledge through primary and secondary research, through building and leveraging their networks, through participation in professional societies, etc. Successful entrepreneurs know that reaching out to others makes them stronger, both today and in the future.