Elon Musk, sources: Pixabay
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg made up the top five. The top 10 also included Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, Sam Walton, Larry Page and Ted Turner.
– Our most recent study of entrepreneurs reveals insights into what people think it takes to be a successful entrepreneur today. While top entrepreneurs are recognized for changing our world for the better with their out-of-the box thinking and the great impact that their inventions have had on our lives and society, it is also believed that they are engrained with strong character traits that enable them to succeed – said Ibi Montesino, Herbalife’s executive VP of distributor and customer experience.
According to the findings, a third of U.S. respondents perceive entrepreneurs as role models, compared to 74% of those in Mexico and 60% of respondents in Israel.
To be a successful entrepreneur, 19% of respondents globally said that it takes specific character traits, 15% said having one great idea, and 14% said a commitment to hard work. When asked what those specific character traits are, respondents identified creativity (31%) and intelligence (30%) as the most important. This was followed by confidence and motivation which tied at 29%.
Nearly half (45%) of respondents across all three countries reported having their own aims to become an entrepreneur – and 42% of them said they believed they had what it takes to be successful in that endeavor, claiming to have a “big” idea that they could turn into a successful business.