As entrepreneurship increasingly drives the global economy, we took a look at the factors that helped some of the world's top self-starters.
Trusting your gut is key to success, the founder of one of India's largest private lenders recently told CNBC.
"When opportunities come knocking, there is something more than the normal five senses which tell you this is the way to go. Listen to your instincts at those critical junctures," said Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank.
Aside from traditional qualities like persistence and a thick skin, social values also play a key role that determine entrepreneurial behavior, according to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor's (GEM) 2014 report. Individuals in 'frontier markets' like Africa expressed a more positive attitude towards entrepreneurial measures in comparison to China, Europe and the U.S., GEM said.
So, what do you think it takes to be an entrepreneur? Share your thoughts by voting in our poll.