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When it comes to success, there are a number of people who think that high-class businesspeople simply took a straight line to meet their goals. However, ask any successful entrepreneur, and they will list a number of qualities that contributed to their success. Here are some notable entrepreneurs and some of the characteristics they deem important for a successful life.

Daymond John: Education

FUBU Founder Daymond John is a strong believer in the power of education. You can’t afford to fall behind. Daymond John also believes that education allows you to make connections, improve, use your energy wisely, and so much more. Of course, getting a college degree is valuable. However, there is one area within the realm of education where Daymond John deviates from the norm. For him, education can also mean gaining the necessary experience from entrepreneurs. John believes that some of the most educated people he knows are not always the ones who have a college degree.

Jeff Bezos: Resourcefulness

Even though Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now has a net worth that rivals the GDP of a small island nation, he still preaches a number of key core principles to reach success. One of these is resourcefulness, meaning cutting unnecessary costs. Indeed, back in the early 2000s, there was a now-famous picture circulating of Mr. Bezos sitting at a desk that was made out of a door propped up by a couple of two-by-fours. It was simply cheaper than an ordinary desk at the time!

Bill Gates: Patience

One of Bill Gates’ key principles for success? One word: patience. According to WealthyGorilla, Gates realized fairly quickly that just because an individual had earned a fancy college degree it didn’t necessarily mean that they would land a $60,000 per year out of college. It takes a combination of education, patience, and “paying your dues” in order to get to those coveted positions.

Mark Cuban: A Strong Work Ethic

Mark Cuban is now well-known for being the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and as a co-host of Shark Tank. One of the lessons he learned early on is that if you want something bad enough, you have to work for it. At the ripe old age of 12, he was drooling over some fancy basketball shoes. His father said no, so he started selling garbage bags door-to-door in order to raise the money to buy them. He not only got the shoes, but he learned how to have a solid work ethic and he gained a love for business in the process.

As you can see, these individuals have to make a lot of sacrifices in order to become successful. Thus, meeting your goals might come down to just one question: how bad do you want it?