Nix the Negative: 2 Entrepreneurial Habits to Curb

Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we examine two of the most common traits that hold entrepreneurs back.

We’re all familiar with the characteristics that make entrepreneurs admired members of society. They’re courageous, they take initiative, and they usually have a vision of how their business will improve lives. But fascinatingly, researchers have found that the negative traits of entrepreneurs overlap with those commonly found in criminals… Now don’t panic. Entrepreneurs are obviously channeling their unique personalities for good. However, if you struggle with these traits, you should simply become conscious of it and work to curb them.

Unnecessary Risk-Taking

Having the guts to take a risk is a highly useful trait. After all, you would have never started a business without this trait. But when risk-taking goes overboard, you’re likely to see destruction – like lost money or even a loss of trust from coworkers. If many of your recent risks haven’t paid off, quell this habit in favor of careful, educated decision-making.


According to studies, entrepreneurship correlates with distrusting authority. This gives business owners a tendency to disregard society’s limits and forge their own path (again, a trait that is often admired). But like risk-taking, ignoring rules can go too far, leading to disagreements and even legal trouble. So practice accepting the rules you can’t change – even if you don’t agree with them.