What Makes a Champion? 5 Characteristics of Champion Entrepreneurs

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Olympic Champion Greg Louganis

Olympic Champion Greg Louganis

As a three-time Olympian, I know what it takes to make it to the top.  I found that all champions share certain characteristics that make them successful.  And it is these same traits that are found in successful entrepreneurs as well.  So what makes a champion and successful entrepreneur?


When you are competing or launching a business, not everything will go as planned. You will fail sometimes.  It was painful to learn new dives and try them in competition.  I mean that literally, there were many times I smacked pretty hard.  And there were times that I doubted I would ever be able to master the dive well enough to be successful.  But I had the tenacity and the persistence to keep going, and eventually the failures turned into successes.

The same goes for successful entrepreneurs.  You will run into failure.  Not every product that you come out with will be a smash hit. Sometimes clients will not have the results that you had expected.  Champions fail, but they fail forward.  They keep trying, testing and don’t give up.


I didn’t want to go to practice every day.  There were times I just wanted to stay in bed.  Yet I got up and made my way to the pool, did my exercises and practiced my dives. Every day, rain or shine, whether I felt like it or not.

As entrepreneurs, many times we are in the same situation.  You may not feel like writing that article for your blog today, sending your newsletter or doing some kind of marketing.  Perhaps you just hate picking up the phone and following up with a prospect.  Successful entrepreneurs have the discipline to do what it takes, not just what they want to do that day.


When you see divers standing high upon the platform it is easy to think that they feel no fear, but you would be wrong.  It is scary on that 10 meter platform.  It is terrifying to perform a brand new dive for the first time.  Courage is not the absence of fear; it is acknowledging it and doing it anyway.  Champions overcome their fear.

Champion entrepreneurs overcome their fear as well.  Success requires you to move out of your comfort zone.  Whether you are uncomfortable with public speaking, networking, learning new technology and new marketing methods, you have to overcome your concerns and move out of your comfort zone.

Winning Mindset

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I reached my Olympic goals. Here I am at the Olympic Games in Seoul

At the Olympics there are always the medal favorites.  They are the ones that have the capabilities to win.  However, only one will win that gold medal.  It is the one with the strongest mindset, the winning attitude.  At that point, it is mind over matter. Champions believe in themselves.

You will come across a lot of naysayers.  People that do not believe in your success; they will tell you that your dream of Olympic gold is impossible or that your business idea will never work.   Without that ingrained believe in yourself and the can-do mindset, you will not be successful.


Even with all these characteristics there is another thing that all champions have, because even champions can’t do it all by themselves.  They have a coach and many times more than one.  I had a diving coach and a strength coach.  Who is the first person Olympic champions hug?  It is their coach, because they are right there with them, on the ice, in the pool, on the field and on the court.  Parent and loved ones are in the stands, watching from a distance, but a coach is in the trenches with you.

It is no different with champion entrepreneurs.  they have a coach or mentor they can count on. They have someone who can answer their questions, bounce ideas off and give them direction when they need it.  Someone they can trust to hold them accountable, believe in them and cheer them on to success. Someone who sees the possibilities even when you can’t see them yet for yourself. Many champion entrepreneurs have more than one coach, based on the expertise they need at the time.  Whether it is writing a book, general marketing, sales or event strategies.

I love being around champions.  They make you perform at your best and push you to new heights.  I spent my youth around champions in the pool and now I have surrounded myself with champions in business.  These people have a winning mindset and all the characteristics of a champion. I have a coach and my clients are all champions as well.

Talk with DaphneDo you have what it takes to be a champion? Do you have persistence, discipline, courage and a winning mindset? Are you ready to make a big difference in the world with your expertise through workshops and seminars?  Then let’s talk.  I would love to be the coach/mentor who guides you to the gold in your events and stands beside you when you score your personal best.

To see if you are ready to become a champion, apply now for an Event Strategy Breakthrough Session.  Just like there are not a lot of champions, there are not a lot of these Event Strategy Breakthrough Sessions available.  So apply now for the best chance to go for the gold.


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Daphne Bousquet, CMP

Daphne Bousquet, CMP

For more strategies to make your workshops and seminars more profitable, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the free report "Three Simple Secrets To Making 10K In A Day With Small Workshops." Daphne Bousquet uses her 20+ years of event industry experience to create profitable event strategies and marketing for coaches, entrepreneurs, speakers and self employed professionals that want to grow their businesses with workshops and seminars. She is the creator of the Butts In Seats Virtual Boot Camp, a unique digital course that teaches you how to fill your events with your ideal audience.
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP
Daphne Bousquet, CMP


  1. Lynne says:

    Loved your post. I particularly agree that the characteristics a champion entrepreneur must have are persistence and discipline. As a business owner you must not easily give up and continue to strive to do better and having the discipline to stick to a plan and work ethic is equally important


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