What makes a great entrepreneur?

It used to be that only the wealthy and well-connected were able to take a great idea and turn it into something really big. But with the rise of the internet-based economy, the cost of entry for entrepreneurs with a dream has dropped rapidly, and there’s never been more room for invention and innovation, even on a shoestring budget. Despite all this potential, the vast majority of start-ups just don’t make it – whether it’s increased competition from other entrepreneurs, mismanagement of their funds, or simply a case of bad timing.

What hasn’t changed, however, are the underlying qualities that distinguish the entrepreneur who’s set on success, no matter how many hurdles they have to jump, and no matter how many times they fail. When the right mix of skill, passion and perseverance is there, a true entrepreneur is unstoppable. Here are the traits (both learned and innate) that make …